Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The children loved it! Please can we be part of it next year

Thursday, 17 May 2012

A strange event recently took place at the Oxford Brookes Harcourt Hill campus. Magic tricks performed to the soundtrack of a certain famous young wizard, paper aeroplanes soared from balconies and secret agents in shades and turned up collars stalked the campus using mysterious maps. It was all part of the Maths Enrichment Day organised by PGCE students for pupils from 3 local schools, Matthew Arnold, Cressex and St. Gregory the Great. The Year 7 students are all able mathematicians and Brookes students used these creative activities to give the pupils hands-on experience of the fact that maths underlies almost every aspect of our lives. The Enrichment Day gives PGCE students valuable experience in organising a challenging and fun afternoon for able children and gives them an opportunity to develop their practical skills which they can take into the classroom. The excellent feedback from teachers shows that the students enjoyed taking part in the day which is organised by Brookes PGCE students every year. “Both the staff and students had a wonderful time tackling the maths challenges set by your students at Oxford Brookes. We were really impressed by the way in which the groups were managed and the activities timed - it kept our Year 7s engaged and enthused throughout the entire session!” Vicki Green, Cressex Community School “The students told me that they thoroughly enjoyed their day. I could also see how engaged and focused they were on the activities given. They actually asked for a day where they could show the rest of the year 7 classes the activities that they learnt - which is something that we are currently planning. Please thank all the PGCE students for a great day.” Manori de Alwis, St. Gregory the Great catholic School “The children loved it! It was a variety of truly rich tasks. Each and every one of the tasks were enjoyable and challenging, and extremely well organised. All the PGCE students were aware of the individuals in the group they were working with and were sensitive to their individual needs………. Many thanks and please can we be part of it next year.” Kate Tyler, Matthew Arnold School