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Maths Trip to Paris

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by jamiehenderson1993, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. jamiehenderson1993

    jamiehenderson1993 New commenter


    I'm planning a maths trip to Paris next year and am looking for a bit of help.
    We're doing the usual sights - notre dame, Musee D'Orsay, Science and Engineering museum, Seine boat tour, etc, ect. as well as Disneyland before coaching back.

    I am in the process of creating a set of maths worksheets for the pupils to fill out whilst there so that I can actually convince my HT that is is a maths trip haha.
    At the moment though they are looking very contrived, and was wondering if anyone has done something similar (even if it's not to Paris), and wouldn't mind emailing me a copy for inspiration? I'm happy to share my finished copy once it's done.

    my email is jamiehenderson1993@googlemail.com

    Any worksheets, puzzles, busywork at all that you have that might be relevant would be gladly received.

    Thanks in advance

  2. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    But it clearly isn't a maths trip. Rather than making up a reason to link it to maths (which apparently doesn't exist), surely you'd be better off convincing your HT of the benefits of the trip for the pupils (which presumably do exist)?
    bonxie likes this.
  3. jamiehenderson1993

    jamiehenderson1993 New commenter

    This was meant as a bit of a joke. My Head Teacher has already given me the green light to run it, provided I can produce this workbook. Disney run lectures which are numeracy based, and I'm putting together a mock up of some maths workbook. We've had the chat about pupil benefit

    Thank you for the response
  4. bonxie

    bonxie Senior commenter

    Why on earth would you need to take the pupils all the way to Paris just to do maths worksheets? The costs for the parents will be huge. Can you justify asking them to spend all that money so that their children can do some maths worksheets? Surely the students can do similar maths tasks based on buildings in your local area.

    If your intention was to take the students to Paris to practise their French, learn about French culture, experience eating traditional French food in authentic French restaurants, study the artworks in the galleries and interact with the science exhibits in the science museum etc, then this trip to Paris would make perfect sense.

    Once I got to that sentence, I had to check the date on your post as I assumed that it must have been an April Fools Day joke. Since it was posted today, I'm now convinced you're a troll trying to wind us up. I really do hope this is the case.
    nomad likes this.
  5. jamiehenderson1993

    jamiehenderson1993 New commenter

    Thanks for your input.
  6. andrewchambers

    andrewchambers New commenter

    You could add the Grande Arche:
    Built to be a 3D projection of a tesseract - that's a pretty interesting topic to explore.

    Pollock's paintings (I assume there are plenty these around!) - fractals

    An exploration based around some of the great French mathematicians: Pascal, Descartes, Poincare, Galois [plus many others..]

    etc etc.
  7. jamiehenderson1993

    jamiehenderson1993 New commenter

    This is the sort of thing I was thinking - a more investigative approach to the maths they'll actually see there! Thanks so much for this.
  8. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Could you not widen it, so that the agenda is very cross-curricular? Ask every subject what they would want to draw kids' attention to, rather than linking everything to maths. I think you'll get better overall educational value if you do. I think I'd be more likely to sign my child up for a broad educational trip than one with maths shoe-horned into each day.
  9. andrewchambers

    andrewchambers New commenter

    this is a good idea - maths and art would be a really nice combination and would fit well with the sights in Paris.

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