How can maths help you to win at Monopoly? How can you tell a hexahedron from a 664? Why do road-gritters love their even and odd numbers? And why are multiples of four so important to pirates?
Explore the laws of chance, construct your own 3-D shapes, or discover the enormous numbers that helped an American schoolgirl prove her maths teacher wrong. Or try a selection of interactive maths games and problem-solving puzzles: work as a team to solve the puzzles, and discover how the hidden maths makes them work. All House Of Maths workshops have been thoroughly road-tested, and are designed to reinforce mental maths and problem-solving strategies, while using mathematics to reveal surprising and beautiful patterns in both the human and the natural worlds.
House Of Maths Workshops are designed for one class size at a time, from Preschool to Year 8 – so ideal for small schools or one-form-entry Primaries. The Maths Workshops typically last from 30 – 60 mins, with up to seven (if 30 minute) workshops during one school day, or combine the workshops with a whole-school maths assembly to start the day off if you like. The workshops can take place in either a classroom or school Hall, but Barney prefers to remain in the same room where possible. Or how about a custom workshop for your “nurture” or “Gifted&Talented” groups, or for a specially selected group plus their parents?
Secondary School Maths Workshops and Talks KS3 Years 7&8
For KS3 (Years 7&8) a House Of Maths Secondary School visit will incorporate pre-GCSE concepts as well as exploring enrichment concepts that go beyond but complement the usual school syllabus. Students will be inspired by maths which is relevant and fascinating, and will begin to see how algebra fits into the picture.
A TYPICAL VISIT: for a Key Stage 3 Secondary School Maths Visit consists of two 60-minute “talks” –the whole of Year 7, the whole of Year 8 – and one hands-on maths “workshop” – with lots of possible variations. Both talks and workshops may include some number, geometry and algebra, with the emphasis on making maths less abstract and more visual.
MISSION STATEMENT FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHS VISITS: to put across that… :
- Maths is the study of number, shape and pattern, and the last of these is where the best maths happens!
- Algebra is merely the language of patterns. Each algebraic formula tells us the answer not to just one puzzle, but to an infinity of puzzles!
- Maths is incredibly useful in the real world, from telling the time and paying for things, to designing computer games, engineering (a posh term for when we build anything) to studying our climate.
- Maths doesn’t have to be useful to be fun – it’s ok to enjoy a maths puzzle just for its own sake!
- Maths can be a multi-sensory experience, with Pictures, Props, Participation and Puzzles.
SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHS ENRICHMENT TALKS (any number of students): A typical Talk will include music, bespoke props to bring the maths alive, and audience participation to make the maths a hands-on and interactive experience.
SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHS WORKSHOP THEMES (one class size at a time): have in the past included vertex notation for 3D Shapes (very visual and hands on!), The Rules of Random ( probability, dice rolls, Normal Distribution), and a Number, Shape and Pattern Quiz (teams of four, lasting from 30 to 90 mins). All House Of Maths Workshops are completely hands-on, with every student doing the maths themselves.