Secondary Maths

Maths Student Community – sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Actuaries

 

This is a teacher-nominated programme.  Nominations for the academic year 2020-21 are now closed. If you wish to make a late nomination, please email events@exeterms.ac.uk 

Target Audience: students from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset who stand out for their achievement in and/or enthusiasm for maths.

Format: five enrichment days led by EMS spread throughout the year. Online teaching will be used for some if not all of the academic year 2020-21. Participants will be kept updated.

Aim: to provide students, who might otherwise be isolated, with a community of like-minded peers to explore challenging and interesting mathematics.

How to get involved: Email events@exeterms.ac.uk.  Students remain on the MSC programme until Year 11 and so we can accept nominations for any year group and can make offers of places at any time, should capacity permit.

Overview

The MSC is a rolling programme for students in Years 7-11. Students join at the end of Year 7 and remain on the programme until Year 11.

Our aim is to bring together and inspire able mathematics students from across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, forming a community of learners who will work together, share ideas, attend master-classes and receive mentoring.

Teachers frequently identify students within their settings who stand out from the crowd and who can find themselves working in isolation on mathematics that is beyond that of their peers.  Our aim is to bring these students together, to enable them to work with others who are similarly able, to provide stimuli which will deepen and broaden their appreciation of mathematics and its related fields, and to support and encourage their development as problem-solving mathematicians.

It is our intention to support students throughout their secondary school career, regardless of whether or not they decide to apply for a place in our sixth form.

How it works

In ‘normal’ times, students joining the MSC-SW participate in a series of enrichment days at either Exeter Maths School or at Plymouth University (Year 7 joiners only), depending on their home location.  However, online learning will be used for some, if not all of the 2020-21 programme.

During the enrichment days students will take part in masterclasses and workshops.  They will be introduced to mathematics beyond the normal curriculum and will have the opportunity to develop their problem solving.

How to join

This programme is teacher nominated only; we cannot accept applications from students directly.  The nomination process for 2020-21 is now closed but please email events@exeterms.ac.uk to make an enquiry about a late nomination.

2nd September 2020

At this stage, we hope to begin the Year 8 programme during the Spring term 2021.  It is likely that workshops will be conducted on-line.  Participants will be updated further nearer the time and up-to-date information will also be published here as soon as it is available.

2nd September 2020

At this stage, we hope to begin the Year 9 programme during the Spring term 2021.  It is likely that workshops will be conducted on-line.  Participants will be updated further nearer the time and up-to-date information will also be published here as soon as it is available.

Date Time Event
Thursday 1st October 1645-1815 Online Presentation with Dr James Grime – Bits and Pieces: Secrets of the Digital World
Saturday 7th November 1100-1230 Online Workshop with Ben Sparks – Risk, balancing Caution and Carelessness
Thursday 26th November 1645-1815 Online Workshop with Krasi Tsaneva – Problem Solving
Thursday 3rd December 1645-1815 Online Workshop with Bobby Seagull
Saturday 16th January 1100-1230 Online Workshop with Zoe Griffiths – Virtual Adventures in the 4th Dimension

We also pleased to be able to share a series of lectures aimed at teenagers run by Maths Inspiration. Links to the lectures will be shared with students as they become available.  MSC students can access these lectures free of charge. See PDF for more details.

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Date Time Event
Thursday 1st October 1645-1815 Online Presentation with Dr James Grime – Bits and Pieces: Secrets of the Digital World
Saturday 7th November 1100-1230 Online Workshop with Ben Sparks – Risk, balancing Caution and Carelessness
Thursday 26th November 1645-1815 Online Workshop with Krasi Tsaneva – Problem Solving
Thursday 3rd December 1645-1815 Online Workshop with Bobby Seagull
Saturday 16th January 1100-1230 Online Workshop with Zoe Griffiths – Virtual Adventures in the 4th Dimension

We also pleased to be able to share a series of lectures aimed at teenagers run by Maths Inspiration. Links to the lectures will be shared with students as they become available.  MSC students can access these lectures free of charge. See PDF for more details.

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Mathematics GCSE Enhancement Course – free

Target Audience: students who are not yet working at their highest level (i.e. working at a 6/7, but capable of achieving an 8/9).

Format: online after-school lessons per led by EMS teachers, starting in the autumn term for Year 11 and the spring term for Year 10.  We are running two Year 11 programmes: one on Wednesday afternoons (now full) and the other on Monday afternoons (applications now open).  The Monday sessions will begin after October half-term.

Aim: to enable students to achieve better GCSE grades than initially predicted and to therefore have greater opportunities in Further and Higher education.

How to get involved:   If students or teachers would like to apply for a place on the Year 11 programme, please email events@exeterms.ac.uk as this programme is already up and running. Year 10 nominations will open late in the autumn term.  Please note that students who were part of the Year 10 group in 2019-20 have been automatically moved up into the Year 11 programme, unless they elected to opt out.

Capacity: four groups of 20 per year group

Overview

During a series of on-line workshops and group sessions, students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper and more connected understanding of GCSE content. Supported by EMS staff, students will be provided with the stimuli to broaden their application of Maths and its related fields.

Our intention is to support their development as problem-solving mathematicians in order to increase their proficiency at tackling new style GCSE assessments, whilst encouraging the progression of further study of Maths beyond GCSE.

How it works

Students will participate in on-line sessions during the autumn-spring (Year 11 cohort) and spring (Year 10 cohort) terms.

How to join

Year 11 students can apply directly by clicking here.

Teachers can nominate also nominate students – please email events@exeterms.ac.uk

Year 10 nominations will open after the autumn half-term.

Wednesday Programme

From 1600 to 1700 on the following Wednesday afternoons:

23rd September 30th September 7th October
14th October 21st October 4th November
11th November 18th November 25th November
2nd December 9th December 13th January
20th January 27th January 3rd February
10th February

Monday Programme

From 1615 to 1715 on the following Monday afternoons:

2nd November 9th November 16th November
23rd November 30th November 7th December
11th January 18th January 25th January
1st February 8th February

The Year 10 programme will commence after February half term and will run on Mondays from 1600-1700.  Dates will be published here in due course.

Year 9 Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses

Target Audience: year 9 students who are able and interested in maths. Catchment area is approximately east of Torbay, excluding North Devon (similar masterclasses are run in Cornwall, Plymouth and North Devon).

Format: 7 Saturday mornings, approximately fortnightly, over the spring and summer terms.  The format of the 20/21 programme is not yet known; it is likely that it will be run on-line.

Aim: to encourage, inspire and engage students in the art and practice of mathematics.

How to get involved: Maths teachers are emailed in the autumn term with a request to nominate students to join the programme.

Capacity: 40

Overview

These classes are designed to encourage, inspire and engage young people in the art and practice of mathematics. The highly interactive sessions introduce students to aspects or applications of maths which may not usually be covered in the school curriculum, and open young people’s eyes to the excitement, beauty and real-world value of mathematics.

How it works

Every year, in ‘normal’ times, Exeter Mathematics School organises a series of seven Saturday morning Royal Institution (Ri) Mathematics Masterclasses in collaboration with the University of Exeter. The classes are heavily subsidised at a cost of £40 for the whole series. The cost of £40 per student is waived for those in receipt of Free School Meals.

Students nominated should be interested and enthusiastic about mathematics, as well as being from among the most mathematically able students in Year 9 at your school (though not necessarily as measured by exam success).

How to join

This programme is teacher nominated only; we cannot accept applications from students directly. Nomination information is sent to teachers in our catchment area in the second half of the autumn term.

A schedule for the 2021 programme will be published here as soon as it is available.

Maths Summer Residential

Target Audience: year 10 students from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset that are able and interested in maths.

Format: 3-day residential held at EMS that includes workshops, social activities and university experience. Please note that the format of the 2021 event is not yet known, details will be posted here as soon as we have an update.

Aim: to provide students with inspiration and challenge in a supportive setting, giving insight into applications of maths at university and beyond.

Nominate Student: Maths teachers are contacted in the spring term with a request to nominate students to attend the summer residential.

Capacity: 70

UKMT Maths Circle

Target Audience: year 10 students with an interest in mathematics.

Format: A series of demanding and stimulating workshops over two consecutive days.

Aim: to promote mathematical thinking and provide an opportunity to meet other students who enjoy mathematics.

How to get involved: the UKMT send invitations directly to schools.

Capacity: 40

2020/21 Update: We are unable to advise at this time if this course will go ahead this year.

Advanced Mathematics Support Programme

Year 12 Problem Solving Classes

Target Audience: year 12 Mathematics students who have an enquiring mind and wish to develop their problem solving ability for their A level studies and beyond.

Format: a series of eight workshops during the spring term

Aim: to give students the confidence to apply for university courses that require or take into consideration achievement in an admissions test.

How to get involved: Information on how to sign up is made available by the AMSP and will be shared here in the spring term.

Capacity: 16

2020/21 Update: We will publish updated information here as soon as it is available as to the format that this programme will take this year.

Overview

These regular classes offer students the opportunity to develop mathematical problem-solving skills through discussion and collaboration. They are designed to help students to develop strategies and confidence when tackling unfamiliar problems in maths and will help with preparations for taking advanced papers such as the MAT, TMUA and STEP examinations.

At the same time, the problems used in the course are fun and rewarding. Attending the sessions will greatly enrich students’ mathematical experience and help them to develop a better understanding of A level Mathematics.

Aims

  • To develop initial strategies when dealing with maths problems
  • To develop confidence when dealing with maths problems
  • To provide some initial information about the problem solving involved in university admissions tests
  • To provide a platform on which to build secure problem solving techniques
  • To develop tenacity when dealing with maths problems

How to join

Sign up information will be provided by the AMSP and published here in the spring term.

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