Secondary Maths

Maths Student Community – sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Actuaries

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 held at EMS spread throughout the year.

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

How to get involved: nominations for the 2019-20 programme are now closed – please email events@exeterms.ac.uk if you have missed the deadline.

Capacity: 140 (40 in each of year 8 and 9, 30 in each of year 10 and 11)

Overview

We are pleased to confirm that Exeter Mathematics School will be continuing its MSC-SW for students in Year 8 through to 11 in the 2019/20 academic year.

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 attend a series of enrichment days at Exeter Mathematics School.  Please see the dates below.

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.

If you are part of the MSC for the academic year 2018-19 in Years 8-10, you will automatically be moved up into the next year group next year.  Update paperwork will be sent out in the second half of the summer term.

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

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
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 1030 – 1430 Enrichment Day
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 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day

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 1230 – 1600 Year 11 Celebration Event

Mathematics GCSE Enhancement Course

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

Format: 11 lessons per year at EMS from 1600 to 1730, approximately fortnightly throughout the autumn and spring terms of year 10 and 11.

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: Nominate Year 10 Students for the 2019-20 academic year here!

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 Mathematics 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 Mathematics beyond GCSE.

How it works

Students will attend for 11 sessions in total during the autumn and spring terms. Please see the dates below.

How to join

This programme is teacher nominated only; we cannot accept applications from students directly. Teachers are invited to nominate year 9 students towards the end of the summer 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

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

Group A 

From 1600 to 1730 on the following Thursday afternoons:

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

Group B 

From 1600 to 1730 on the following Thursday afternoons:

19th September 3rd October 17th October
7th November 21st November 5th December
16th January 30th January 13th February
27th February 19th March

Year 9 Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses

Target Audience: year 9 students that 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: teachers are invited to nominate students in the autumn term of year 9.

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. Teachers are invited to nominate year 9 students in 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

This will be followed by a Celebration Event on the 25th April.

Year 10 Summer Residential

Target Audience: 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.

How to get involved: nominations for the 2019 Summer Residential are now closed – please email events@exeterms.ac.uk if you have missed the deadline.

Capacity: 70

Overview

The theme for this year’s Summer Residential is: ‘Applications of Mathematics’ and we will be inviting Exeter University academic staff to provide workshops, small group sessions and problem-solving activities based on their preferred aspect or concept of mathematics. Our own EMS teachers will also be running sessions for the students. The aim is to provide opportunities for students to enhance their mathematical expertise and experience, providing an understanding of areas of Mathematics that they are unlikely to have met in school.

When

In order to accommodate as many students as possible, there will be two dates offered, staying for 2 nights, between either:

  • Monday 19th August and Wednesday 21st August
  • Wednesday 21st August and Friday 23rd August  
  • Tuesday 27th August and Thursday 29th August

Invited Students

The visit is open to Year 10 students (academic year 2018-19), providing an insight into Mathematics beyond GCSE study, along with the opportunity to experience campus life at Exeter University.

Schools have been asked to nominate two students and two reserves to attend the summer residential. Participants need enthusiasm and persistence as well as mathematical ability. The mathematical activities are likely to be intensive, however there will also be time for relaxation and to socialise with students from across the South West, with evening events to include a games night, ten pin bowling and juggling!

Cost

The summer residential is heavily subsidised by EMS, and the cost to each participant is only £70.00 to contribute towards resources, refreshments and speakers.

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 on Wednesday afternoons from 1500 to 1700.

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: details will be posted here at the start of the 2019/20 academic year.

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

Details of the 2019/20 programme will be posted here at the start of the academic year.

All workshops run on Wednesday afternoons from 1500 to 1700 on the following dates:

8th January 22nd January 29th January
5th February 12th February 26th February
4th March 11th March

 

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