On Thursday 16th February the Lord Lawson team of Chloe Codling, Rebecca Collinson, Sam Dawson and Patrick Painter (accompanied by Mr Adams and Mr Lewis) took up our invitation to the Year 10 Maths Feast, hosted by the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) at Emmanuel College.
The afternoon started, appropriately, with a spot of lunch. Phil Moxon of the FMSP then took up after-dinner speaking duties, explaining to the students the value of taking Maths post-GCSE. He hopes that many in the audience will go on to take Further Maths at KS5 in order to really explore the subject in depth and enhance opportunities for employment and further study.
The questions followed, with 4 rounds in keeping with the gastronomic theme:
- Starter – 20 mins of tricky True/False questions, in which the team can work together.
- Main – A 20 min comprehension task in which the students had to work in pairs, not allowed to confer with the other pair. The theme was “tables of squares”, giving the students some idea of the difficulties previous generations of students had to go to before calculators were commonplace.
- Dessert – 20 mins. 6 problems. 4 full solutions required, worth 5 marks each.
- Petits Fours – A 16 question relay. Again the students work in pairs, with no conferring between pairs. The answer to one question (marked and corrected instantly) acted as an input to the next. This proved the most enjoyable round, and has given Mr Lewis plenty of ideas for his lessons – watch out 8yY!
We might not have troubled the podium on this occasion (credit to the winning Dame Allan’s team), but the Lord Lawson team had an enjoyable afternoon and did themselves and our school proud.
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