Pupil enrichment

East London Primary Maths Bee 2017

February 2017 saw the very first East London Primary Maths Bee, held at Elmhurst Primary School, a mathematics competition for schools across the seven boroughs of East London. The aim of the competition was to celebrate our love for Maths and provide a fun opportunity to challenge the talented young mathematicians of East London. The competition brought together teams of four pupils from 25 schools. Before half term the heats of the competition whittled down the teams to find the final 8 schools. The final saw the schools go head to head in a battle of mathematics that combined a variety of skills across the curriculum – testing the pupils’ reasoning, logic, arithmetic and teamwork! Four different teams led the running during the different rounds of what turned out to be a thrilling final, before the eventual results saw St Stephen’s School in 3rd place, Scott Wilkie Primary School in 2nd place, and Nelson Primary School come out on top, after a superb performance in the problem solving round jumped them up the ratings at the last hurdle! 

A big thankyou to all the staff and pupils who took part, as well as to 7puzzle.com and WeStudySmart for producing fantastic resources. We hope to see you again next year!

All the resources can be found here.



KS4 Extension & Enrichment: Curriculum 9-1

The London North East Maths Hub works very closely with the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) and we were delighted to host the FMSP for this oversubscribed GCSE CPD to support the new GCSE curriculum.

In addition to supporting schools with post 16 provision, the FMSP support schools with enrichment and extension at GCSE with various students and teacher events throughout the year. In December we hosted day 1 of this free two day course which aims to:

  • Explore a range of resources and activities designed to challenge students to think and make connections within and beyond the new higher tier GCSE
  • Consider problem solving within the new GCSE and ways of integrating problem solving approaches into teaching
  • Explore a range of resources for teaching some of the new higher tier content at GCSE which are designed to enrich student experience

Day one looked at a variety of extension and enrichment resources, considered problem solving approaches and activities that can be used to enrich the teaching of nth term and turning points. Some of the geogebra resources to support the new GCSE curriculum. Before day 2 of the course in the new year, teachers attending the course have a gap task to try out a new approach from day 1. Part of day 2 will involve the teachers feeding back their evaluations of this to other teachers in small groups.

Year 12 Problem Solving Course

This year the London Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) team wanted to extend their successful problem solving course for year 12 students and were delighted to be able to run a course at the London North East Maths Hub.

The oversubscribed course for students in year 12 aims to develop student mathematical thinking and is aimed at students likely to take STEP, MAT or AEA exams in year 13. The course runs over 10 sessions after school developing students’ knowledge. So far students have attended three sessions:

  • Algebra: The Difference of Two Squares and Other Identities
  • Number: Digits & Divisibility
  • Geometry: Angles, Triangles & Circles.

Each of the course sessions gives students examples of how they can extend their current knowledge to solve unfamiliar problems and plenty of opportunity to do so! Students benefit from the opportunity to develop their communication skills and work closely with students from other schools whilst having support from the London FMSP team. A problem from the digits and divisibility session is below.

There are certain pairs of 2-digit numbers that yield the same product even when the digits of the numbers are reversed. For example 12 x 42 = 504 and if the digits of each of the two numbers are reversed we get 21 x 24 = 504. Show that 12 and 63 have this property.

Let p and q be a pair of 2-digit numbers with such property. If a and b and the digits of p in that order, and c and d the digits of q in that order, show that ac = bd. Find all pairs of 2-digit numbers with such property.

FMSP events are often oversubscribed, and their funding from the Department from Education means that many of their events are either free or heavily subsidised. Registered schools and colleges are always first to hear about all of their events, and many of their events are only open to registered schools and colleges. Each year schools and colleges are asked to re-register .