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Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Over thirty Year 6 pupils from a number of local schools have been taking part in a Mathematics Saturday School at Bolton School. These additional lessons have been designed to offer ambitious and talented children specialist tuition to prepare for the Level 6 SATs examination.
The Saturday morning sessions began in January and will run once a month until May. They are run as a series of fun group workshops in the Leverhulme Suite, located in the new Riley Centre. Girls’ and Boys’ Division Sixth Form mathematicians lead the children through the different topics under the supervision of Mr Phil Howard, the Boys’ Division Community Action Coordinator, who also organised the project.
The Year 6 children will be guided through further exploration of the Level 6 topics, with the workshops supporting and complementing their learning in school. There are also lots of opportunities to have fun with maths and engage with practical activities. For example, in the latest session, each child was able to learn more about polygons by folding a paper frustrum of a tetrahedron – or a triangular pyramid with a flat top instead of a point – and combining these into a twenty-sided isocahedron. The polygons were then used in another learning exercise.
Bolton School first became involved with coaching local primary school pupils to achieve Level 6 standard last year. Mr Howard and Girls’ Division maths teacher Miss Lauren Reynolds ran a ‘Maths Club’ for a cluster of schools in Farnworth, which proved to be a huge success with half the children achieving Level 6 and the rest scoring highly in the Level 3-5 paper.
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