MATHS NEWS - Spring 2008
- Our feeder Primary Schools continue to send talented mathematicians from Year 6 on Thursday mornings to do some extension mathematics.
This term we have looked at a variety of tasks including the cake cutting theorem as publicised by Prof. Ian Stewart in his latest book. The students pictured here are from Berkswich and enjoyed the maths involved and the consumption of the cakes after they had discussed how to cut them.
- Our Year 11 top two sets, three Year 10 and one Year 9 student did the United Kingdom Mathematics trust intermediate challenge on 7th February 2008.
There were 9 gold certificate winners, 12 silver certificate winners and 15 bronze certificate winners. Pictured above are Year 10 and Year 9 students, Richard , Jack Jim and Alex receiving their certificates from the Head teacher, Mr Finlay.
Two of these students did well enough to qualify for the next stage of the competition which is the Mathematical Olympiad. This was held on 13th March and we await their results.
- Three of our bright Year 8 mathematicians have attended a series of mathematical mornings at the Staffordshire University where they were challenged to do mathematics not on the normal school curriculum.
Pictured here solving a problem from the "Does it go on forever" session are Simon , Ahmad and Chris.
- On the 25th April we will be taking a team of four Key Stage 3 students to the UKMT Regional Final in Wolverhampton. We have come 4th and 5th in the last 2 years and hope to do at least as well this year.
- The Maths Department aided and abetted by Year 6 students built a giant tetrahedron at the science based Walton Community Event held on the 6th March 2008.
Pictured in the tetrahedra is Mrs Long with Ross from Oakridge school.
The four talented mathematicians from Year 9 and 10 will have the opportunity to attend a mathematics masterclass at the Staffordshire University in June when they will be experiencing some game theory among other mathematical ideas.