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Mar 262012


This is the first in a series of Functional Skills resources about climate change and what the Government could do about it.

A million Climate Jobs

Mar 152012

Here is a great website to learn how to make paper planes.

Why not organise a competition to see which type of plane flies the furthest? Collect data on the flight distances and work out the average distance flown. Does it make any difference if you use mean, median or mode? Work out the range in flight distances. What does this tell you? Which sort of plane is the best?

Mar 152012

The Manchester Science Festival  encouraged people to grow sunflowers in order to conduct a massive mathematical experiment. Plant the seeds in April and May, nurture the plants throughout the summer and when the sunflowers are fully grown be counting the number of spirals in the seed patterns in the sunflower heads. Don’t worry – expertise will be on hand to help count the seeds and you’ll be able to post your ‘spiral counts’ online.

The Fibonacci Sequence starts 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34…..

Can you continue it? Can you explain how it works? If you follow the link below you will see how this relates to flowers.

The results of the experiment will be announced during the Manchester Science Festival 2012 (27 Oct – 4 Nov), alongside a host of cultural events connected to Alan Turing’s life and legacy.

More about the Fibonacci Sequence in nature

Mar 062012

Download this pdf, print and cut out the triangles. Try to arrange all the triangles so that the questions match with the answers. If you get it right you should make a new shape.

Download Probability Events Jigsaw

If you need a reminder of how to work out probabilities, try this link.


Thanks to Mr Barton for the original jigsaw.

If you are really stuck the solution is here.