The second specialism has allowed members of the Maths Team to work in the feeder primary schools on a regular basis.
The main theme has been problem solving and investigations. We have done a wide variety of activities in the last 2 years including working in groups to solve some mysteries, investigated how many squares on a chessboard, explored fractals and Pascal’s triangle, and looked at maximum products.
Two annual events have been established, a Primary Happy Puzzle Day and the Primary Team Challenge.
As part of our second specialism in Maths we offer an annual enrichment event to AGT students from other schools in Wiltshire. This year, 12 year 10 students from Sheldon, Lavington and John of Guant attended.
They spent the morning in the Making Room with the brief to make a mobile to represent the Fibonacci sequence. Many mathematical surprises were found along the way, not least that the balance points for the bars of the mobile was very close to the golden ratio.
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Mr Brown took about 20 6th form Physics Students to a lecture, at John Bentley School, on 'The Big Bang' by Dr Simon Singh. He has written the books 'The Big Bang' and 'Fermat's Last Theorem', which is a well known book about the mathematical formula given in the title. He has appeared on TV and also on the Radio.
In the lecture he explained the theory of the Big Bang and understanding of the creation of the Universe. During the Lecture he made a gerkin glow (explaining that Sodium gives off Yellow Light) and he explained his theory, backed up with equations.
Our students were then given the opportunity to have their questions answered by Dr Singh.
Mr Brown, Mr White and Mr Thickett took over 30 A level Physicists and some year 10 triple science students to St. Mary's school in Calne for an Astronomy Day Lecture as part of the International Year of Astronomy with Guest speaker Dr Alexander Martynov, who worked for 14 years in Russian Mission Control as head of ballistics, and helped to control space flights to ensure soft landings. The lecture was titled 'From Sputnik to Mars' and discussed the problems involved in manned missions to Mars and saw what life was like in a Space Station. We also heard talks from other guest speakers which included talks about CERN and particle detectors.