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Christ-maths Projects

This week our SOW has a series of Christ-maths projects built into it for KS3. They are more functional based and are there with the goal of building independence early so the new functional style GCSE questions aren’t a complete surprise once they get further up the school. Many pupils seem to have come from primary school with a real reliance on spoon feeding, so getting them to think for themselves around the project has been good. I found it rather interesting that the most intelligent pupils tried to find shortcuts through the tasks, which actually led to some real deep mathematical thinking and probably meant they gained even more from the sessions than those who followed the more obvious route.

The projects we used came from http://www.functionalmathematics.co.uk/ and were pretty good. Although I think I will rejig them a little next time I use it, include more scaffolding for the weaker classes and design a more stretching extension for the more able ones.

  1. January 3, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    How many lessons did it take you to deliver these functional maths units? Thanks Dave

    • January 4, 2013 at 12:04 am

      It depends on the class and the project. Usually two to three lessons. (two for the higher sets and three for lower ability). For the christmas ones we gave the high sets three or four and the lower sets three, but we missed out the wrapping task. This included presenting their findings. There are opportunities to add in your own extension if required. My favourite (of the ones I’ve tried so far… Not managed all of them yet!) is the design a farm y7 one looking at perimeter and area in context. I first ran it while training and have done it with most of my year 7 classes since, it is superb. So far noone has achieved a more profitable farm than me, although last year one pair thought they had, but they’d made a slight arithmetic error adding up…

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