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carola
May 19, 2019
In Coaches' Corner
We will meet in the dinning hall on Thursday. The afternoon will be split into two parts. The first is a maths relay and the second is the farewell and prize giving. You'll get the instructions you need for the rally on the day. For the prize giving, make sure you bring your comments about each of your children. Don't wing it. They'll notice. See you soon!
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carola
May 12, 2019
In Coaches' Corner
You did a fab job coaching last week. It was a joy to watch so many of the children super focussed and looking up at their worthy role models. Thank you. This week teams will do their 3 minute presentations. While they aren’t presenting, they’ll have puzzles to do. Points will be won for both The puzzles and presentations. The only thing you need to know is that we need to be relatively quick so we can give everyone a go. See you Thursday.
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carola
Apr 29, 2019
In Coaches' Corner
It is competition time! The contest will run over the coming four Thursdays with coaches and teams earning points to see who will be crowned the winner. Challenge 1 is our mathematical investigation and starts this week. Here is the information you will need. Please read it before Thursday. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HizR-QVNMCIKvujtfTAjMv8tcv-pIRes If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email info@mathsteams.org
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carola
Mar 25, 2019
In Coaches' Corner
We've prepared some logic fun for the final week of term. When we return in May, teams will be going right into a competition, so we thought we'd get everyone's competitive juices flowing a bit early. This logic game show - it's a bit like University Challenge - can be played with all teams competing against each other in the auditorium or, as usual, with teams spit up into class rooms. You choose. There's not much preparation. All you need to do is give the file a read before Thursday and have handy the name tags, a white board marker and a pen. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HizR-QVNMCIKvujtfTAjMv8tcv-pIRes
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carola
Mar 17, 2019
In Coaches' Corner
How did your first solo flight go? Here are the puzzles for this week. Instructions are straight forward and a 5-10 minute pre-read will allow you to think about the skills you want to develop in your teams and boost your practice. We'd suggest you start with 'Which Scripts?' and move to 'Cryptarithm' if there is time. For each puzzle, Max, you'll need to print out as many instruction sheets as there are coaches and then one handout per team of 4 players. Mix and split up your teams. You'll now have laminated name tags. Before the teams come to the classroom, put the tags on the relevant desks together with some rough paper and pencils. Don't forget to use your buzzers (one per room) and leave at least 10-15 minutes at the end to allow the winning team to discuss how they did it. Tips on how to get the conversation flowing are on the coaches' instruction sheets. You may want to ask team members to talk about hurdles they encountered and how they overcame them. The other team can ask them about their assumptions and test/question their theory. Bonne Chance! https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HizR-QVNMCIKvujtfTAjMv8tcv-pIRes
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carola
Mar 12, 2019
In Coaches' Corner
This week we have two circle-themed puzzles for you. The instructions are reasonably straight forward, so coaches should take about 5-10 minutes to look over them before the coaching session. First do 'Disc Split' and then, if you have time left over, try '1 Minute to Get Across'. For 'Disc Split, it would be good to have some rulers. And ignore the reference to cake (unless you really want to bake 5 cakes). Max: Each coach will need the instructions for each puzzle, so that's 10 print outs of instructions for each puzzle. Children will share their handouts, so you'll need 2 copies per group of 4 children - that's 18 copies of the children's handout per puzzle. Here is the link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HizR-QVNMCIKvujtfTAjMv8tcv-pIRes. Any questions, drop us an email at info@mathsteams.org. We'd love you to post here on the forum how things went after the practice.
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carola
Mar 03, 2019
In Coaches' Corner
Last week's coaching session was a real success. Well done! Thanks Max, for your masterclass on Albrecht Duerer, the magic square and measuring the universe. Several coaches mentioned that they enjoyed last week's puzzle, so here is a similar one. Please read it through before Thursday. It will take you 5-10 minutes, mainly to figure out how to set up your teams. You'll have table name tags and noise makers to help you next week, but nothing will help you more than reading the instructions beforehand - do it on your phone while on the bus or as you wait around for someone. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HizR-QVNMCIKvujtfTAjMv8tcv-pIRes If you are going to miss practice, please find a stand-in for you and let us know by emailing info@mathsteams.org. Thanks.
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carola
Feb 12, 2019
In Tournaments & friendlies
As a thank you for dropping off their children an hour early for school each Wednesday for practice, we invited the parents of our mathletes to a friendly match of countdown at the end of term. It gave the children a chance to show off their skills and was a bit of good-natured, competitive fun. The best take-away was when parents buzzed in excitedly and showed off their answers on the white board only to find they had made an error along the way. It was brilliant to watch the children watch their parents give it a go and fail with grace and humour. If you want to play the game, you can make up your own numbers or find them here: http://happysoft.org.uk/countdown/numgame.php
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carola
Feb 12, 2019
In Maths resources
We haven't posted anything here for a while because we have been super busy creating competitions, launching our first maths league and coaching. Tomorrow, we will push on to a new frontier when the St Peter's maths team starts to design their maths buddies programme. Practically, that means our 9-11 year old mathletes will curate and create maths games for their younger school mates. Here are some warm up games we found online while doing research. https://mathforlove.com/2015/05/quick-physical-games-for-the-math-classroom/ The games come from Mathsforlove, who look v cool - right up our street, in fact. Check them out https://mathforlove.com/
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carola
Feb 10, 2019
In Coaches' Corner
Hi coaches. Thanks for another good week. R - we hope you feel better. You were missed! Here is the puzzle for this week. Please click on the one called Fractional Puzzles. It's worth looking over before Thursday. As you will have seen with the Royal Mangoes puzzle, you're a much better coach when you've worked it out yourself. Any questions, don't hesitate to ask. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HizR-QVNMCIKvujtfTAjMv8tcv-pIRes?usp=sharing
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carola
Jan 31, 2019
In Coaches' Corner
Well done on your first coaching session. We were impressed! How did it go for you? Is there anything we could have done to better help you get started? I can think of a few things: pencils and white board pens, for a start : ). Next week, remember to get your children set up as teams, facing each other. Mix them up from this week's order perhaps - finding a way to get them really working with each other starts with how you seat them. We find that setting the task up as a contest often helps focus their attention. Don't forget to keep time and leave about 20 minutes for discussion at the end. Next week's puzzle is called Royal Mangoes. Here's the link, you'll need to sign in to access it. Email me at info@mathsteams.org if you have any trouble. Only current coaches have access to puzzles. https://drive.google.com/file/d/16u9XvX10i6_xTpHhwWwbogtFlubVGRwZ/view?usp=sharing
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carola
Jan 30, 2019
In Coaches' Corner
We are looking forward to seeing you this week. For week 1 you'll be using the Wembley Stadium puzzle you worked on in our training session. We'll hand you the copies for your team members at the start of the practice session. Please could you make sure you are two coaches per primary school and ideally have one classroom per school. You'll also need a whiteboard with working pen. Post any questions you have to this forum. Remember that it is public. For anything sensitive, email: info@mathsteams.org
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carola
Jun 19, 2018
In Maths resources
We've been silent for a bit, enjoying half term and - for the past two weeks - working on the answers to the video challenge, which all the teams coming to our inaugural competition next week are doing. (If you didn't make it off the waiting list for next week's competition, sign up to our autumn competition - details are coming to the website soon. If you email us, we'll make send you an invitation as soon as we launch the date so you can be first in line.) To get our competitive juices flowing for next week, the St Peter's team is hosting a mini challenge at today's practice. Our two teams will be competing against their coaches, their class teachers (year 5 and 6) and their head teacher, the formidable Miss Frazer. The challenge is "Countdown". There's lots of strategy involved, so we'll give ourselves a few minutes between rounds to compare notes. If you want to play, it's easy. All you need is paper, pencil, a stop watch and the link below. For those who have never watched the British game show, the aim is to make the number in the blue tiles by adding, subtracting, dividing and/or multiplying all or some of the numbers in the yellow tiles. Generate the numbers by clicking the yellow tiles and then by clicking stop when the blue tiles start spitting out digits. We find that giving ourselves between 3 and 4 minutes works. http://happysoft.org.uk/countdown/numgame.php
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carola
May 10, 2018
In Logistics
Our motto of the week is ”It takes a village to raise a maths team”. As planning for the June 27 tournament has kicked into high gear, we have been bouyed by the generosity of the Hammersmith/Shepherd’s Bush community. There’ll be more to say in this space soon. But even weeks before the event, it’s clear that this tournament is being fuel by the enthusiasm and energy of entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders of W4, W6 and W12 (I bet there’s a maths puzzle lurking in those post codes!)
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carola
May 10, 2018
In Tournaments & friendlies
For those teams joining us at maths teams’s inaugutal tournament on June 27, a small clue: our latest local angel (or is it angle, in this case?) is YY Security Installations on King Street. Charlie, the boss, has kindly agreed to donated some props that teams will need so they can ‘crack‘ one of the questions at the competition.
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carola
May 01, 2018
In Maths resources
Here is the question we gave our children to hone their skills in logic outside practice time. Credit goes to the good folks at UKMT. https://www.ukmt.org.uk/pdfs/primary/UKMT%20Logic_2013.pdf
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carola
May 01, 2018
In Tournaments & friendlies
Hurrah! We’ve have 13 teams registered for the June 27 tournament. Our hall isn’t huge, so we are pretty much at capacity. The last few slots for those who send in their team sheets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s so easy - we have even created a pre-tournament practise pack for participating teams. And every Tuesday afternoon after the St Peter‘s maths team meets, we’ll post the puzzle we worked on. You’ll find it on the resources forum of this website. The first few one are already there.
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carola
May 01, 2018
In Maths resources
Here is the sudoku question our teams - the squiggles and the bows - worked out today. They had 20 minutes and both teams managed to crack it, but the squiggles were quicker! The puzzle credit goes to Thomas Snyder. The rules are the same as sudoku. The numbers to be entered are 1-5. The two numbers that you must find to fill in the bold rectangles with the small digits in their left hand corners must make that little number when added together or taken away from each other. (In subtraction, take the smaller number from the bigger number). The correct position for the numbers you fill into the bolded boxes could be either order of those numbers. The - and + signs next to that little numbers in those corners are not part of the number, they simply denote what calculation you do. The boxes that do not have a bolded outline and a little number in the corner (in this case the middle bit) simply take whatever number 1-5 fulfills the sudoku rule that no number can repeat in a column or in a row. Any questions, write a comment. Happy puzzling and let us know how you get on. (Ignore the A and the B in the picture). Why not use the comment box to tell us how long it took you to finish the puzzle. Don’t tell us the answer, though - we already know it : ) and we want to give others a go at completing the puzzle without the temptation to give up and check the answer when the going gets tough.
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carola
May 01, 2018
In Coaches' Corner
One of our goals at maths teams is to lower the barriers some children face in taking up higher maths in secondary school and beyond. And that starts in primary school. It is why for now we are focused on state school children; it's why we require teams who enter a maths teams tournament to be gender diverse and it's why we have this forum - to discuss ideas of how to achieve that goal. This is a place to ask questions, share things that have worked - and those that haven't - and to post helpful resources. No ad hominems please. Here's a piece from the NY Times No Such Thing as a Math Person with a good bit about maths anxiety (see what happened to the s there : ) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/well/family/trying-to-add-up-girls-and-math.html One thing we do in our coaching is to ask children how they feel about a question when we first pose it. We then discuss strategies of how we could begin to approach it. It helps break that anxiety and lets children know they are not the only ones feeling overwhelmed. And when they crack it, they realise they had the tools to do it all along and we share the euphoria of having overcome a seemingly impossible challenge. What works for your maths teams?
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