It is important that all students have a scientific calculator, which they know how to use effectively, and which will be able to perform all the mathematical operations necessary for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 (preferably one that has a fraction button). The department sells good quality scientific calculators inexpensively. We also expect that all students have, and can use, a protractor, a pair of compasses and a ruler.
1. Compete in the UK Maths Challenges and subsequent follow-on rounds – speak to your Maths teacher for further information.
2. Compete in UKMT Team Challenges (Junior, Year 10 and Senior).
3. We also run Gifted Year 5 Maths Challenge Competitions.
We run a number of trips outside of school to explore the world of Maths. These include:
1. St Pauls Cathedral
2. Puzzle days (in school)
There are a number of good books that we can recommend for further reading for budding Mathematicians:
1. Lower School/Middle School: ‘Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture’ by Apostolos Doxiadis
2. Middle School: ‘The Music of the Primes’ by Marcus du Sautoy
3. Middle School/Sixth Form: ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’ by Simon Singh
4. Creating Escher Type Drawings (Ranucci & Teeters)
5. The Joy of Π (David Blatner)
6. Mathematical Activities (Brian Bolt)
7. Why Do Buses Come in Threes? (Eastaway)
8. The Moscow Puzzle (Kordemsky)
9. Historical Connections in Number – 3 volumes (Reimer & Reimer)
1. Get involved in the “Enrich” online community and try solving their regular online problems www.nrich.maths.org
2. Help the FBI solve a murder http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/march/cryptanalysis_032911/cryptanalysis_032911
3. Visit the following maths websites: http://www.mathsisfun.com http://cut-the-knot.org
4. Use the MyMaths booster resources www.mymaths.co.uk
5. Take part in the National Cipher Challenge at http://www.cipher.maths.soton.ac.uk/
6. Attend the Edinburgh Science Festival www.sciencefestival.co.uk/
7. Attend the Maths Inspiration lectures www.mathsinspiration.com
8. Look at a newspaper and make a log of all the use of statistics
9. Play with Geogebra at http://www.geogebra.org/cms/
10. Students can also access extra material to support their studies at http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/maths