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Different Picture - Same Story

This activity is produced by the Maths Magic project. Different Picture – Same Story provides examples and ideas for interpreting statistical diagrams and asks the question ‘Why do we need lots of different ways to communicate the same information?’.

The teaching plan uses the resources from the Standards...

Designing Logos

In this activity from Cre8ate maths students are encouraged to experiment with different kinds of symmetry to create a suitable logo.

There is an exercise in using symmetrical properties to reproduce previously designed logos and this activity is complemented by Creating a logo, which gives students a free...

Design the Mascot

In this activity, students take the role of a graphic designer. Their task is to create a mascot for a new primary school. Students use a web-based digital drawing tool package to draw their design. Students are encouraged to work both individually and in small groups to discuss possible designs as they make...

Design a Table

In this Nuffield exploration students are asked to design a table for a group of 5 people for daily use. The table must be extendable to accommodate 8 to 10 people for some occasions

The key processes developed are:

*Representing - recognising where mathematics can help with the table design, for...

Counting Trees

In this assessment task from Bowland, students are provided with a page containing circles and triangles which represent different trees in a wood. Students are tasked with estimating how many of the different types of trees there are and then required to simplify a complex situation and choose an appropriate...

Cre8 Salon

This Cre8ate maths activity draws on research which has indicated that many trainees / school leavers who are employed in vocational positions struggle with the numeracy skills needed in the workplace. Cre8 salon is a series of flexible activities that are designed to simulate some of the challenges of work in the...

Crash Test

In this activity, students use computer software to explore the impact of car crashes under varying conditions and the effects on a simulated dummy. Students can select a car, a crash point and a speed, then watch an animation of a crash and see the results as physical impact on the dummy and as numerical data....

Day Out

In this Bowland assessment task, students plan a day out for thirty pupils based upon data given. Students are provided with three places from which to choose. Information about the distance from the school and the entrance cost of each activity is given, along with the results of a survey in which each of the...

Datalogging Activities for the Busy Teacher

This sample of a teacher guide shows how the Lego NXT programmable brick can be used with compatible sensors as a versatile data logging kit. It contains examples of data logging in the wider world to help students engage with the topic, and guidance for simple investigative activities that link to science,...

Crystal Shapes 2

This activity from Cre8ate maths explores Platonic solids, which are formed from regular polygons where all their faces are identical and all their vertices are identical too. Students are told that there are only five platonic solids, which they can build using triangles, squares and pentagons. Completing the...

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