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Engaging Websites

http://solveme.edc.org/

This website has 3 different puzzle styles on it- each is broken down into Explorer, Puzzler and Master.

The Mobiles puzzles focus on algebraic thinking and reasoning within a visually attractive and engaging format. The problems do get quite complex, but students can illustrate their thinking on screen by drawing and making notes with the pen function.

The Who Am I puzzles focus on properties of number, ranging from odd and even numbers through to harder divisibility laws, squares and cubes. These puzzles are currently under construction.

The Mystery Grid starts off basically as a Sudoku puzzle, although their complexity increases, with the introduction of inequalities, larger grids and in the Master Section, complex grids involving all 4 operatons. It is a real challenge for students with limited reasoning skills, but it is also very engaging- a Year 7 bottom set student went home and played on it for two hours after we did it in lesson!

http://mrcartermaths.com/

This can be used by teachers and students to generate questions on a variety of topics, split into Bronze, Silver and Gold difficulty. It is particularly useful for those students who like to do lots of independent practice and learning at home to follow up what they have done in lessons.

http://mathsbot.com/

This very useful website has fully interactive algebra tiles, bar modelling, Cuisenaire Rods and Dienes blocks, which are great for whole class discussions or independent computer work. Colours, lengths and number of ‘parts’ can all be edited. The website also has differentiated questions and AFL check-up for use in the classroom.

A-Level

YouTube- Essence of Calculus Playlist (search on Youtube ‘Essence of Calculus Playlist’)

This playlist has videos that cover everything from the paradox of the derivative through to higher order derivatives and Taylor Series. Students could watch it before a lesson on a certain topic, as they explain topics in a thought-provoking way. As differentiation from first principles begins to appear on the new A-Level, this level of understanding and thought process has never been more important. Most videos are 15-20 minutes long

Videos in order:

1. The Essence of Calculus

2. The paradox of the derivative

3. Derivative formulae through geometry

4. Visualising the chain rule and the product rule

5. Derivatives of exponentials

6. Implicit differentiation- what’s going on here

7. Limits

8. Integration and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

9. What does area have to do with slope?

10. Higher order derivatives

11. Taylor Series

 

If you have suggestions for godd ideas to be uploaded to this section of the SYMH website please contact Kieren O'Sullivan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Royal Institution Masterclasses

Sheffield Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses

for Year 9 students in 2017

 

The Royal Institution is pleased to announce the running of the 2017 Sheffield Secondary Mathematics Masterclasses. We would like to invite you to nominate up to four students to attend the Saturday morning Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield. The series will run from Saturday 6 May until Saturday 24 June (excluding 27 May and 3 June); therefore we need to ask for your nominations before Friday 7 April

 

RI Masterclasses are run in series of six Saturday morning workshops designed to inspire and engage young people to think more deeply about the wonders and applications of mathematics, giving them the chance to explore a range of topics beyond the school curriculum. Students nominated should be interested and enthusiastic about mathematics, as well as being from among the most mathematically able students currently in Year 9 at your school (though not necessarily as measured by exam success). Masterclasses are free for the students.

 

CLICK the following (or download from the bottom of this page) for an information sheet about the classes for students and parents, a student details form and a nomination form. The nomination procedure is:

-      Duplicate the information for parents sheet and student details form to give to your chosen students;

-      Collect their completed student details forms;

-      Complete your nomination form, with students in priority order (if more students are nominated than can be accommodated, we will involve as many schools as possible, allocating places in order of priority);

-      Return the nomination form and scanned copies of the completed student details forms for all nominated students via email to the address below.

Please note that students are expected to attend the entire series of six sessions. If your chosen student(s) cannot commit to the series, please offer the opportunity to other students instead. The demand for places is usually far greater than the number available, so please place your nominations in priority order. Student absence without a justifiable excuse may result in the loss of their place to a student on the waiting list.

Please return your nominations to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.by 5pm on Friday 7 April at the latest,

 

To confirm the place I must receive scanned signed copy of the student details forms for all nominated students.

If you cannot scan the forms, please return the nomination form by post. I must receive all forms by Wednesday 26 April. The postal address is: Helen Walker, UK Student Recruitment, Surrey 5403, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB. If you wish to get parents to send their forms directly to me then please pass on my details.

 

Teachers are not required to attend the Masterclasses with their students but we would be grateful if a teacher from each nominating school could come along and help at one or two sessions – please see overleaf for more details. If you or one of your colleagues would be able to come and support one of more of the workshops, please let me know.

 

I look forward to receiving your completed nomination and student forms.

Yours sincerely

Helen

Helen Walker

Sheffield Hallam University     E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.T: 0114 225 4191


2017 Sheffield Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses

Information for teachers

About the Masterclasses

Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses are designed to encourage, inspire and engage young people in the art and practice of mathematics. The highly interactive sessions introduce students to aspects or applications of maths which may not usually be covered in the school curriculum, and open young people’s eyes to the excitement, beauty and real-world value of mathematics.

Where possible, every school in and around Sheffield will be asked to nominate a few students to attend the whole Masterclass series – this is six Saturday morning sessions.  Though every effort is made to accommodate all student nominations, the series is likely to be over-subscribed so not all nominated students will gain a place.

 

Who to nominate

The classes are designed to highlight the variety of applications of mathematics; they are hands-on workshops with real theoretical depth, allowing students to explore the mathematics within each topic. Participants need enthusiasm and persistence as well as mathematical ability; it will be a rare student who understands all the material completely at a first hearing and participants will need a determination to explore.

We ask schools to nominate a few of their brightest and most enthusiastic students to attend the Masterclasses. These will not necessarily be the students who do best at exams – these will be the students who are always willing to question and want to explore and understand things in more detail. Whilst we aim to establish an enjoyable working atmosphere, the students who derive the greatest benefit are those who are most attentive and hard working.

 

Programme

Saturday 6 May – Sheffield Hallam University, Owen Building

Saturday 13 May – Sheffield Hallam University, Owen Building

Saturday 20 May - Sheffield Hallam University, Owen Building

Break for half-term

Saturday 10 June – University of Sheffield, Hicks Building

Saturday 17 June – University of Sheffield, Hicks Building

Saturday 25 June – University of Sheffield, Hicks Building

The Masterclasses will run from 10am until 12:30pm, starting promptly. There will be a short break during the session, and students are asked to bring a drink and a small snack.

 

Teacher helpers

We welcome teacher helpers to give assistance during the Masterclass sessions. Helpers support the students with activities and may be able to pick up ideas from the Masterclass for use in their own teaching.  Please let us know (on the nomination form) the names and contact details of any of your staff who would like to help in this way. 

 

Parental consent

The information on the student details form will enable us to contact them if they have been successful in gaining a place on the series. We will ask them to complete an additional details form online to ensure we have all the information we need to run the Masterclasses effectively and safely. We must have parental consent in order to contact them and for the students to attend the series. The consent statement on the form also enables you to pass the student’s details to us.

 

Attendance

Students will be notified if they have a place on the Masterclass series and will be expected to attend every session.  We will also email you to let you know which of your students have gained a place, and will ask you to please ensure the students and their parents/guardians complete the online registration.

Parents are asked to let us know if a session has to be missed for any reason - failure to do so may result in the loss of place in favour of a student on the waiting list. Some students may have a prior commitment on one of the Saturdays – if we are informed of this it will not be a problem to accept them, however if they are due to miss more than one session we would ask you to offer the place to a different student.

 

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The Operational Research Society

OR3

Operational Research (O.R.) is the science of better decision making.

O.R. enables individuals and organisations to clarify problems, define courses of action, improve operations and make informed decisions through analytics.

It includes

#ANALYTICS

#BIG DATA

#BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

#DATA SCIENCE

#DECISION SUPPORT

#MANAGEMENT SCIENCE

#MODELLING

#OPTIMISATION

#PROBLEM STRUCTURING

#SOFT SYSTEMS

and so much more ..

OR5

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UKMT

The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4,000 schools and colleges. Link to official website

The Junior and Intermediate Challenges are aimed at pupils in the relevant year groups. The Junior challenge is for pupils at year 8 (England) or below and the intermediate challenge is for year 11 and below. The Senior Challenge is aimed at pupils aged 16-19 studying maths and not yet at University.

The Maths Challenge question papers are taken in school on the date shown above and returned to the UKMT for marking. The Senior Challenge takes 90 minutes and the Intermediate and Junior Challenges are an hour long.

The papers contain 25 multiple choice questions. Of these, the first 15 are more accessible whilst the final 10 will provide more food for thought. Gold, silver and bronze certificates are awarded to 40% of participants nationally in the Junior and Intermediate Challenges, and 60% of participants nationally in the Senior Challenge. The most successful participants at each level are invited to enter follow-on rounds; Kangaroos (multiple choice questions) or Olympiads requiring full written answers.

Locally some school integrate past questions into their lessons or homework to challenge pupils and prepare them for the style of questions. Below are links to PPTs containing some Junior level questions from previous years. They have been organise loosely into topic areas but often UKMT questions challenge pupils to consider maths in a non-standard way.

Number

Prime, Factors & Multiples

Algebra (& sequences)

Angles

Shape

Misc Problem Solving

Averages

 

 

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Year 10 Maths Feast

An exciting competition for students in year 10 testing mathematical, communication and teamwork skills.

The competition is organised by the Further Mathematics Support Programme and is free to schools/colleges registered with the FMSP. Schools can register with the FMSP at any time by going to Registration.

The students said:

"The Bursts of Four round was really challenging - it was great!"

"I really enjoyed learning new maths"

"The practical round was fun and interesting"

The Year 10 Maths Feast is an enjoyable and challenging team competition testing mathematical, team-working and communication skills. Each year the format of the competition changes slightly so that the rounds remain interesting and exciting.

There are no heats or finals so participants can take the materials back to their schools and use them for other students in their classes to enrich and extend their learning. Perhaps the best way of using these materials is to ask participating students to run the rounds with their classes!

As the structure of some of the rounds within each competition changes each year, there will be additional material on the website to help prepare students, providing a guide to the standard of the mathematics and the sort of problems they might face. However teams will be expected to work together to solve new problems – so there may be surprises!

The Maths Feast is organised on a regional basis with over 70 events taking place across England in February and March.

Each team consists of four students in Year 10 working together on a set of problems. They must be accompanied by a member of staff, whose role is to supervise a team from a different school and mark rounds with the answers provided.

There are several rounds requiring different skills and strategies for success.

  • Each event lasts approximately 2-3 hours. This may vary slightly between venues
  • Students are encouraged to work as a team or in pairs and only occasionally as individuals
  • Questions include both recreational mathematics and some of a more traditional nature
  • Calculators and equipment such as rulers and protractors are not permitted
  • There are five rounds in the Maths Feast and awards will be given for best teamwork and the winning team of each round.

We have designed the Maths Feast to support in developing their problem solving skills. For this reason, we are not giving details of the courses although practice materials are available to schools to use if they wish. The most important skills we want students to demonstrate in the Feast are those of teamwork, communication, reacting positively to a new situation and applying previous knowledge to solve problems – Good Luck and Bon Appetite!

The Summer Snacks Competition & local y10 in-house events

Some schools want to run a competition within their own school using Maths Feast materials. We will make each year's materials available to schools who wish to do this in the summer term for use with year 9's or with y10's in the autumn term.

Entries

Entries will open in the Autumn. Once entries have opened, a link will be available on this website

For past competition material please visit Year 10 past materials

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Senior Team Maths Challenge

This terms local heat hosted by the University of Sheffield is on 2nd November starting at 1.30pm.

See below for entry form

The STMC is for students in years 11, 12 and 13 testing mathematical, communication and teamwork skills. Each team must consist of four Year 11, 12 or 13 (or equivalent) students with no more than two students from Year 13.

Details of the locations of regional heats are published below. Each heat lasts approximately three hours.
The final will be held in London on 7th February 2017.

Go to the Schools Training Page for further information about how the competition runs and access to training resources. For questions and solutions from previous competitions go to STMC Past Materials

The 2016 Entry Form is now available to download and will also be sent to all schools/colleges registered with the Further Mathematics Support Programme and the UKMT mailing list in September. This year the entry forms should be returned to the UKMT not the FMSP.

If you have any queries then please contact: UKMT

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Challenges & competitions

Everyday challenge and inspiration
Taking the time to incorporate a daily or weekly challenge into lessons is a great way to engage and inspire students. The first stop for many teachers is the NRICH website which hosts a wide range of challenges, puzzles and problems that OK, could be incorprated into a specifically focused learning episode but more conveniently can be given perhaps as an interesting warm-up.
 
We would all love to have the time to carefully plan out these potential nuggets of learning but it may be more important to just let the students have a go rather than not bother to set them at all. You may discover something amazing about the way your pupils approach these and find they lead to valuable unitentded learning.
 
SYMH would love to hear from schools about activities or challenges tried, especially if you could also share some of the pupils' work to be featured on the website.
 
Competitions
 
Many pupils love to compete and teachers of Maths have found that playing games or setting a competitive challenge to students can really motivate and engage.
SYMH would like to encourage schools to participate in national and local maths competitions.
 
Details of current opportunities will be be publicised on this website and where there are gaps in provision SYMH will endeavour to make additional options available.
 
Competitions include; UKMT, Pop quiz, Cyber challenge, Senior Team Challenge, Y10 Maths Feasts, Janguar Cars Challenge
 

Calendar of Upcoming Events- Individual Competitions

Event Date How to enter/resources Deadline

Mathematical Olympiad for Girls

We recommend that students who are entered for MOG will probably already have achieved some success at UKMT follow-on rounds or in the mentoring schemes, and are confident mathematicians.”

Aimed at Year 11 and above (younger entries accepted)

11/10/16

Entry:

Here

Resources:

Past paper questions and solutions

5/10/16

UKMT Senior Maths Challenge

The Senior Challenge is aimed at all 16-19 year olds studying mathematics. Top performing students are then invited to take part in follow on rounds and the very best can represent their country in the International Mathematical Olympiad. Around 1000 top scorers in the Senior Challenge are invited to take part in the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 and around 2000 are invited to take part in the Senior Kangaroo.”

Aimed at Year 11 and above (younger entries accepted)

8/11/16

Entry:

Here

Resources:

2015 Paper

2015 Extended Solutions + Investigations

All UKMT Senior questions and answers since 2005

Senior Kangaroo Past Questions + Solutions (more challenging)

British Mathematical Olympiad past questions only

17/10/16

UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge

The Intermediate Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 11 or below in England and Wales, Year 12 or below in Northern Ireland and S4 or below in Scotland. Around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers. A further 5,500 pupils from across all three year groups are invited to sit either the grey or pink European Kangaroo papers.”

2/2/17

Entry:

Here

Resources:

2016 Paper

2016 Extended Solutions + Investigations

All UKMT Intermediate questions and answers since 2004

Intermediate Kangaroo Past Questions + Solutions (more challenging)

Intermediate Olympiad Past Questions + Sample Solutions

5/12/16

UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

The Junior Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 8 or below in England and Wales, Year 9 or below in Northern Ireland and S2 or below in Scotland. Around 1200 of the highest scorers are invited to participate in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad. Following a successful pilot in 2015, a further several thousand pupils from across both year groups will be invited to sit the Junior Kangaroo paper.”

27/4/17

Entry:

Here

Resources:

2016 Paper

2016 Extended Solutions + Investigations

All UKMT Junior questions and answers since 2004

Junior Kangaroo Past Questions + Solutions (more challenging)

Junior Olympiad Past Questions + Student Solutions

6/3/17
 

Calendar of Upcoming Events- Team Competitions

Event Date How to enter/resources Deadline

FMSP/UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge

The STMC is for students in years 11, 12 and 13 testing mathematical, communication and teamwork skills. Each team must consist of four Year 11, 12 or 13 (or equivalent) students with no more than two students from Year 13.”

 

Each event lasts approximately 3 hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

Various

 

1st event is on 3/11/16

Information (venues/dates)

Entry:

Here

 

Resources:

School Training

 

Past Event Materials

 

ASAP

 

Early booking advised as entries given on a first come, first served basis.

UKMT Team Maths Challenge (Year 8 and Year 9)

“The TMC 2017 Regional Final entry form will be available to download from early October 2016 (once the dates of the heats have been finalised).

The Team Maths Challenge (TMC) is a competition which gives pupils the opportunity to tackle a variety of engaging mathematical activities while developing teamwork and communication skills. Pupils in younger year groups can make up a team; however, no more than two pupils from the older age group are allowed.

Various

 

Final dates released in early October

Information (venues/dates) [Early October]

Entry:

Here (early October)

 

Resources:

Past Event Materials

 

Teacher Information

2/12/16

 

Late entries accepted depending on availability.

 

Early booking advised as entries given on a first come, first served basis.

FMSP Year 10 Maths Feast

 

The Year 10 Maths Feast is an enjoyable and challenging team competition testing mathematical, team-working and communication skills. Each year the format of the competition will change slightly so that the rounds remain interesting and exciting. Teams will be expected to work together to solve new problems - so there may be surprises!”

Various dates in February and March

Information (venues/dates) [Autumn]

Entry:

Here (Autumn)

Resources: Maths Feast Materials

ASAP

Early booking advised as entries given on a first come, first served basis.

 
 
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Extra-curricular clubs

 
Maths & STEM Clubs
 
Often teachers would love to start a STEM or maths club to inspre their pupils but don't know where to start. Throughout this year SYMH will endeavour to support colleagues by providing advice, materials and examples of how young people can be inspired to try STEM subjects beyond the classoom.
 
This content will start to appear here in the autumn term, in the meantime ......
 
one resource teachers will find useful and especially designed for this by the NRICH team is the Wild Maths website there is also a specific page on the NRICH website with some simple ideas to try.
 
wildmaths
 
 
Publications for students
 
Another resource for older students that some teachers may not know about is the online PLUS magazine.
PLUS
 
Please remember, being part of the SYMH community is about sharing so we would love to hear about additional resources and your ideas and experiences. 
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KS4 Extension & Enrichment FREE course

The two day Extension & Enrichment course has been developed as part of a DfE funded project providing resources and CPD to extend and enrich the mathematical experiences of KS4 students.

The resources are designed to meet a range of needs for pupils taking the Higher tier, thus some resources are for:

  • Consolidation and to help teachers pick up on common misconceptions
  • To help pupils make links
  • To develop problem solving skills
  • To incorporate real life contexts and modelling
  • To make unusual links or have a surprising outcome
  • To practice standard techniques in non-standard ways

The next full course will be available in both Leeds and Sheffield

Click here for flyer with full details and how to book

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Engaging Websites - what are your favour…

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Engaging Websites http://solveme.edc.org/ This website has 3 different puzzle styles on it- each is broken down into Explorer, Puzzler and Master. The Mobiles puzzles focus on algebraic thinking and reasoning within a visually...

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Royal Institution Masterclasses

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Sheffield Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses for Year 9 students in 2017   The Royal Institution is pleased to announce the running of the 2017 Sheffield Secondary...

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The Operational Research Society

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Operational Research (O.R.) is the science of better decision making. O.R. enables individuals and organisations to clarify problems, define courses of action, improve operations and make informed decisions through analytics. It includes #ANALYTICS #BIG DATA #BUSINESS...

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UKMT

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Year 10 Maths Feast

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Senior Team Maths Challenge

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Challenges & competitions

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Universities

Sheffield Hallam University
University of Sheffield
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FE Colleges

Barnsley College
Doncaster College
Rotherham College of Arts & Technology
Sheffield College
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alliances

United Learning
Navigate Trust