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a level maths revision retreat

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by mathsnmusic, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. mathsnmusic

    mathsnmusic New commenter

    I have heard of teachers taking their a-level students away for a weekend of maths, maths and more maths. Has anyone here done anything like that? How did it go? What was the interest like? How was it funded? Did it make a difference to results? etc. etc.
    We have a great little bunch of year 12s who might love this. Before I talk to my hod or the kids I would like to get some more info.
  2. Hi, we used to do this after the Easter holiday, taking our small number of year 12 and 13s, and a small group of highest ability year 11s (it was nice to give them some time and attention).
    Itinery was something like: -
    - Friday afternoon leave school early and travel to outdoors centre.
    - Friday teatime, do about 2 hours light work and then have tea. Evening was a night time navigation exercise by the centre staff.
    - Saturday morning lots of revision, changing staff every 1.5 hours.
    - Saturday dinner followed by afternoon activities with centre staff.
    - Saturday teatime followed by evening's work.
    - Sunday morning past papers.
    - Sunday dinner was a packed lunch in the bus back to school.
    It was a lot of fun and great for building relationships, gave the students probably two week's worth of revision in a weekend and made more of the year 11s seriously consider A-Level. Staff were dead on their feet by the following Friday though.
    The funding started being directed at year 11 grade D/C borderline kids (we tried that, but it wasn't the same) and then dried up altogether.
  3. Where did you used to go?
  4. Over the years we used a few different outward bounds centres as they just provided the accommodation, we did all of the maths.

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