GCSE Maths students from six schools in Birmingham and Solihull visited The Sixth Form College, Solihull this week to get a taste of fun activities within the field of mathematics, as the annual Year 10 Mathematics Conference took place.
Year 10 students from Lyndon, Arthur Terry, Arden, St Martin’s, St Edmund Campion and Tudor Grange Schools attended the full-day event, which was supported by the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP). The annual event is designed to inspire and enthuse students with mathematics, by way of a variety of talks and practical workshops. These sessions involved interesting and diverse applications of mathematics, from the mechanics behind “maths magic” to shapes and smoke rings!
The speakers were Katie Steckles from the University of Manchester and Ruth Fairclough from the University of Wolverhampton. In addition, Derek Couzens, Avril Steele and Sharon Tripconey from the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) were present to deliver workshops.
Mathematics is well provided for at the Sixth Form College. At present, the College offers three Maths-related A level courses: Mathematics, Further Maths and Statistics.
Isabel Cooper, Mathematics teacher at the College and organiser of this event, said:
“This is the eleventh year that we have run this event and we’re grateful for the continued support of the Further Mathematics Support Programme. It was great to have guest lecturers from the Universities of Manchester and Wolverhampton with us too and the students who visited learned a lot and enjoyed themselves. The sessions were unusual and exciting – the smoke rings in the afternoon lecture even elicited cheers from the students! It also helped the students to appreciate how important Mathematics is in everyday life, and how it is a key to future employment.”
Curriculum Leader for Maths, Peter Grime, added:
“It was great to have so many schools involved with the Conference this year. The Year 10 students who visited us will be making applications for their sixth form places next term and this event provided a unique insight into what it’s like to continue with their Maths studies at A level. I hope this taste of College life was useful and we hope to see them at a future open day.”
7 July 2017