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A Level Maths Open Evening

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by gina1_a, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. gina1_a

    gina1_a New commenter

    I am looking for some help and ideas for our Sixth Form Open Evening which is next week. We do not currently offer Maths A Level but are hoping to get this up and running for next years intake. (The sixth form is very new and currently only offers vocational courses)
    As this is will be our first open evening I was wondering if anyone has any fun, interesting, exciting, hands on activities which we can have running or demos we can show on the night? We have all the course info and stuff like that sorted but want the evening to be more interactive and engaging. If you currently offer A Level Maths what sort of things do you currently do/ showcase on open evening?
    All expertise, help, ideas and/or resources would be very much appreciated.
  2. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    I have your interaction right here: Demonstrate some of the maths required at A Level in a series of short presentations and recruit their assistance. You first thing you want as your first A Level cohort are able students who are engaged by the coursework, not by games. The last thing you want as your first A Level cohort is a horde without any interest in or facility for maths who are doing it because the open evening was fun and made A Level look easy.

    The higher the standard of your first cohort so the better a handle you and your colleagues will be able to get on teaching the material and refining your presentation and the course management on top of all your existing work, especially with the new GCSEs and the imminent post-KS4 demand.

    Anticipate future pressures on your maths department. Not all students will be of A Level standard by close of KS4 but you and your department have an obligation to those who are and to the following year's cohort &c. Do not throw open your gates. Spend a couple of years getting it right and building your results.
  3. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

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