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 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 the 2020-21 programme with students participating through the Microsoft Teams platform.

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.

Date Time Event
Wednesday 13th January 1730-1830 Online Presentation with Ben Sparks: Magical Maths
Wednesday 10th February 1730-1830 Online Workshop with Kerry Burnham, EMS Headteacher: Problem-Solving 
Wednesday 3rd March 1730-1830 Online Presentation with Dr James Grime – Bits and Pieces: Secrets of the Digital World
Wednesday 24th March 1730-1830 Online Workshop with Tim Pauldin, Problem-Solving
Wednesday 19th May 1730-1830 Online Presentation with Simon Singh, Fermat’s Last Theorem

We are also hoping to run a face-to-face event in the summer term but this is TBC.

Date Time Event
Wednesday 13th January 1730-1830 Online Presentation with Zoe Griffiths: Shapes and Smoke Rings
Wednesday 10th February 1730-1830 Online Workshop with Dr Cathy Kelly, EMS Maths Teacher: Problem-Solving 
Wednesday 3rd March 1730-1830 Online Presentation with Ben Sparks: Magical Maths
Wednesday 24th March 1730-1830 Online Workshop with Nira Chamberlain
Wednesday 19th May 1730-1830 Online Presentation with Dr James Grime – Bits and Pieces: Secrets of the Digital World

We are also hoping to run a face-to-face event in the summer term but this is TBC.

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 – Games
Saturday 16th January 1100-1230 Online Workshop with Zoe Griffiths – Virtual Adventures in the 4th Dimension
Thursday 11th March 1645-1815 Online Workshop with Aoife Hunt

 

Thursday 13th May 1645-1815 Online Workshop with Katie Steckles

 

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 – Games
Saturday 16th January 1100-1230 Online Workshop with Zoe Griffiths – Virtual Adventures in the 4th Dimension
Thursday 11th March 1645-1815 Online Workshop with Aoife Hunt

 

Thursday 13th May 1645-1815 Online Workshop with Katie Steckles

 

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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Maths GCSE Enhancement Course

Target Audience: Year 10 and 11 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.  The Year 11 programme concludes at February half-term, when the Year 10 programme commences. Year 10 students remain on the programme into Year 11.  Recruitment for Year 10 takes place annually in the first half of the Spring 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: Details of how to apply for Year 10 Students in the 2021-22 academic year will be posted here soon.

Capacity: per year group – 40 students in the teacher-nominated series and a further 140 students in the student-direct-application series

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-summer (Year 10 cohort) terms.

How to join

Details of how to apply for Year 10 Students in the 2021-22 academic year will be posted here soon.

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

Student-Direct-Application Programme

From 1615 to 1715 on the following Wednesday afternoons:

3rd March 10th March 17th March
24th March 31st March 21st April
28th April 5th May – no lesson 12th May
19th May 26th May

The programme will recommence in the Autumn term when the students move into Year 11 and will run weekly until February half-term when the course concludes.

Teacher Nominated Programme

From 1615 to 1715 on the following Monday afternoons:

1st March 8th March 15th March
22nd March 29th March 19th April
26th April 3rd May – no lesson 10th May
17th May 24th May

The programme will recommence in the autumn term when the students move into Year 11 and will run weekly until February half-term when the course concludes.

MESME – Maths Education for Social Mobility and Excellence (Maths Circles)

Target Audience: students from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset who love Maths and have the potential to study the subject at postgraduate level. The programme has a particular focus on ensuring that students from all backgrounds can participate

Format: weekly online sessions in which groups of no more than 6 students collaborate with a mentor

Aim: to support able Maths students to develop their mathematical thinking and reasoning skills as well as problem-solving. The objective of the programme is to encourage more students into Maths at university and beyond

How to get involved: The programme is currently full; details of how to nominate Year 7 students for 2021-22 will be posted here soon.

Overview

Exeter Maths School is delighted to be part of this pilot programme, partnering with Kings Maths School  and the University of Liverpool Maths School. For the academic year 20-21, we are working with students in Years 7 and 8 only.  If the pilot is successful, students will remain on the programme until the end of Year 11, if they so wish.

The spirit of the Maths Circles is that students are given space and time to work through and think through problems for themselves, with focused, dedicated support. EMS teachers will deliver the sessions and students will also be mentored with a mentor/mentee ratio of not more than 1:6.  Sessions will begin in a large group format before students break off to work with their mentors and up to 5 other students.

This year we will be piloting the scheme for 12 weeks over the Spring and Summer terms, beginning in March, with weekly sessions lasting approximately 1 hour.  Sessions will run outside of school hours.

Financial assistance is available to support students from low income households with IT equipment if needed.

How it works

Students work with their mentors in weekly online sessions.

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.

Team 7a with Nick Dean

Tuesdays from 1630-1730

 

Team 7b with Cathy Kelly

Tuesdays from 1630-1730

Team 7c with Stuart Allen

Thursdays from 1700-1800

9th March

 

9th March

 

11th March

 

16th March 16th March 18th March
23rd March 23rd March 25th March
30th March 30th March 1st April
Easter Holidays Easter Holidays Easter Holidays
20th April 20th April 22nd April
27th April 27th April 29th April
4th May 4th May 6th May
11th May 11th May 13th May
18th May 18th May 20th May
25th May 25th May 27th May
Half Term Half Term Half Term
8th June 8th June 10th June
15th June 15th June 17th June
With Claire Willman

Wednesdays from 1630-1730

10th March
17th March
No session
31st March
Easter Holidays
21st April
28th April
5th May
12th May
No session
26th May
Half Term
9th June
16th June
23rd June
30th June

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 2021 event will not be going ahead, we look forward to sharing the details of the 2022 event!

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

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

Exeter Maths 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.

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