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Jun 212017
 

mapThe Sheaf Valley Maths Trail is a short walk starting outside Sheffield City College on Granville Road, along the footpath to Sheffield Station and the steel blade sculpture, behind the station to the steel steps and the amphitheatre, up the hill to the Cholera Monument and then back to college via Clay Wood. Along the way you will answer questions on many different aspects of mathematics. It is suitable for school groups, college students studying Functional Skills, home schoolers and their parents or anyone who would like to have a go!

Download the student booklet here. It is best printed as a booklet.

amphitheatrescaledThere are also a teachers booklet and a powerpoint which I will send to you on request. Email graham@mathswithgraham.org.uk to request these. Please let me know who you are planning to use it with.

Topics touched on on the trail include

Number

Counting

Multiplication

Fractions

Time calculations

Reading a timetable

Calculating journey cost

Speed Distance Time calculations

Shape and Space

Measuring length

Estimating length and weight

Symmetry (Line and Rotational)

3 dimensional shape

Angles

Circle calculations

Volume of a cuboid

Area of irregular shapes

Data Handling

Averages

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Feel free to adapt the trail by missing out some questions and adding others to make it suitable for your students/pupils.

Split your group into teams of 3 or 4 people. Make sure less able students are paired with more able students. Each team will need a DIY tape measure, a large ball of string, a large protractor, a pencil and a calculator. You need to work out the logistics of ensuring there is someone to help at the various stopping points.

Tell your students to stay together, look after each other and take extra care when crossing roads. If this is a school/college outing you will need to fill in a risk assessment.

 

 

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Apr 112016
 

Lots of you will now be busy revising for GCSE maths. Undoubtedly the best way to revise for maths is to do lots of practice questions, checking them straight away to make sure they are right. One site is invaluable in this and that is Maths Genie. Here you will find all the topics in the syllabus split into Grades, with solutions so you can check that you got them right. You can concentrate on the topics you know you need to improve on to get the grade you are working towards.

 

So don’t sit there staring at your notes or reading a text book. Your eyes will start to glaze over! Get on with active revision by practicing what you will need to do in the exam.

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Nov 082015
 

This exercise involves reading and analysing data from charts, calculating averages and percentages and estimating length. It will also help you with the Driving Theory Test and hopefully help you to stay safe when you are driving.
There is an interactive version here and a worksheet version here.
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You can download the answers here

Sep 272015
 

Download, print and cut out the squares. Work with a friend to try and match all the questions with the correct answers and make a shape

Fraction Words Puzzle

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Sep 232015
 

Here is a video from UK maths teacher explaining how to draw box plots.

Here is a great interactive exercisefrom www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk to make sure you understand box and whisker diagrams.

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http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mepres/book9/bk9i16/bk9_16i4.html

Aug 032015
 

Here are the highlights of the 2015 Mens Final.

Can you use your skills to answer the questions? They range from easy Entry Level to GCSE questions involving data handling,  time, distance, speed and Pythagoras. There is a Scale Drawing task that is very good practice for Level 1 students.

The interactive version is here and the worksheet version is here.

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Jul 142015
 

Amey Streets Ahead photo from http://www.amey.co.uk/media/press-releases/2012/april/amey-announced-preferred-bidder-for-2-billion-sheffield-highways-contract/ (with permission)In this exercise you will need to read the information from an Amey press release about the massive Streets Ahead contract. You will then use your skills to answer the questions. You can download a worksheet or use the interactive version here.