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 peers 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

Students joining the MSC-SW  will 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.  Online learning will be used for some, if not all of the 2020-21 programme. The dates for the 2020-21 programme are still to be finalised. Please see the dates below for the 2019-20 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.

Group A

Date Time Event
Wednesday 2nd October 2019 1030 – 1430 Year 8 Launch Day
Wednesday 6th November 2019 1030 – 1430 Enrichment Day
Thursday 19th December 2019 1230 – 1600 EMS Christmas Lectures*
Wednesday 15th January 2020 1030 – 1430 Enrichment Day
Wednesday 4th March 2020 1030 – 1430 Enrichment Day

*booking required

Group B

Date Time Event
Wednesday 2nd October 2019 1030 – 1430 Year 8 Launch Day
Wednesday 27th November 2019 1030 – 1430 Enrichment Day
Thursday 19th December 2019 1230 – 1600 EMS Christmas Lectures*
Wednesday 5th February 2020 1030 – 1430 Enrichment Day
Wednesday 11th March 2020 1030 – 1430 Enrichment Day

*booking required

Date Time Event
Wednesday 25th September 2019 1030 – 1430 Enrichment Day
Wednesday 20th November 2019 1030 – 1430 Enrichment Day
Thursday 19th December 2019 1230 – 1600 EMS Christmas Lectures*
Wednesday 29th January 2020 1030 – 1430 Enrichment Day
Wednesday 18th March 2020 CANCELLED Enrichment Day

*booking required

Date Time Event
Saturday 28th September 2019 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Saturday 16th November 2019 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Thursday 19th December 2019 1230 – 1600 EMS Christmas Lectures*
Saturday 25th January 2020 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Saturday 21st March 2020 CANCELLED Enrichment Day

*booking required

Date Time Event
Saturday 28th September 2019 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Saturday 16th November 2019 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Thursday 19th December 2019 1230 – 1600 EMS Christmas Lectures*
Saturday 25th January 2020 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Saturday 21st March 2020 CANCELLED Year 11 Celebration Event

*booking required

Mathematics GCSE Enhancement Course

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: 16 online after-school lessons per year led by EMS teachers, starting in the autumn term for Year 11 and the spring term for Year 10.

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: Nominations for Year 10 for the 2020-21 programme will open in the autumn term. Students who were part of the Year 10 group in 2019-20 will automatically move up into the Year 11 programme.

Capacity: two groups of 16 per year group

Overview

During a series of 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 attend for approximately 16 sessions in total during the autumn-spring (Year 11 cohort) and spring (Year 10 cohort) terms. Dates for the 2020-21 programme are yet to be finalised and will be posted here as soon as possible.

How to join

This programme is teacher nominated only; we cannot accept applications from students directly. Teachers will invited to nominate Year 10 students during the autumn term.

Group A 

From 1600 to 1730 on the following Monday afternoons:

30th September 14th October 4th November
18th November 2nd December 16th December
13th January 27th January 10th February
2nd March 16th March – CANCELLED

Group B 

From 1600 to 1730 on the following Monday afternoons:

7th October 28th October 11th November
25th November 9th December 6th January
20th January 3rd February 24th February
9th March 23rd March – CANCELLED

From 1600 to 1730 on the following Thursday afternoons:

12th September 26th September 10th October
31st October 14th November 28th November – cancelled
12th December 9th January 23rd January
6th February 12th March

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.

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, 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 will be 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.

All workshops run on Saturdays from 0930 to 1200 on the following dates:

11th January 25th January 8th February
29th February 7th March 21st March  – CANCELLED

With regret, the end of series Celebration Event scheduled for Sat 25th April is also cancelled owing to the Covid-19 situation.

CANCELLED – 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.

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

Nominate Student: In light of the coronavirus pandemic and government guidance, it is with regret, we will be cancelling our 2020 Maths Summer Residential. Please contact Sophie if you have any questions, by emailing: events@exeterms.ac.uk

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

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

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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