Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Students from local schools attend fun afternoon of maths workshops led by PGCE students

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Over 50 gifted & talented Year 7 maths students from local schools recently attended an exciting afternoon of maths orientated workshops at Westminster Institute of Education. The various workshops, devised and set up by Brookes PGCE secondary students, were designed to test the children’s quality of thinking, presentation skills and team work. The workshops included children collecting information to discover the location of an imagined nuclear bomb, an orienteering challenge working on angles and points, and a murder mystery where the children had to use logical thinking to sort out the evidence and decide which of the 6 suspects was in fact the murderer. Prizes were awarded to the children that Brookes students judged had performed the best in each workshop. Alec Swift, Senior Lecturer, PGCE secondary maths, said that the afternoon was “ a really valuable experience for the students to organise a challenging but fun afternoon for maths activities for school students” The school students also really enjoyed their time at Westminster. One of their teachers remarked: “I would like to thank you for a fantastic afternoon. The students thoroughly enjoyed the activities (and treats!) Please pass our thanks to your team of trainees who did a wonderful job looking after us all and keeping the students engaged”