Jim Heal (English Teacher and Behaviour & Discipline SLE) describing the use of Harkness to develop Independent Learning

zA Level Maths SKE

Date & Time: Session 1 - Maths A-Level SKE: Calculus – Differentiation & Integration
Wednesday 23 November 2016
16:00 - 19:00

Session 2 - Maths A-Level SKE: Trigonometry
Wednesday 7 December 2016
16:00 - 19:00
Event Type: Twilight
Event Format: 4pm - 7pm
Venue: Wellington College
Event Cost: Individual course booking:
£48 - WCTSP members
£60 - Non WCTSP members

Joint course booking:
£80 - WCTP members
£100 - Non WCTSP members
Event Focus Categories: Subject Extension
Event Subject or Topic Area: Mathematics
Target Audience: Maths teachers – existing A Level Maths teachers looking for new ideas and alternative approaches, and those new or aspiring to teaching A Level Maths
Event Description:

This term we are introducing two A-Level Maths courses:

Session 1 - 23 November: Calculus (Core 1 & 2): Differentiation & Integration,

Session 2 - 7 December: Trigonometry: An introduction to trigonometry for A-Level, including use of unit circle and solving trigonometric equations.

These will be led and delivered by the Head of Maths at Wellington College. They can be taken as stand-alone units or as a pair where a discounted rate is given if booking onto both courses.

These courses are designed to provide teaching ideas which aim to enhance pupils' understanding of the topics and develop their problem-solving skills. This in turn should help them access A and A* grades. The Wellington College Maths department has crafted their own bespoke course books and materials for teaching A-Level Maths. These resources have been based on evidence and research of teaching Maths, from both the UK and the United States. Materials will be made available to course participants during the courses.

Event Outcomes:

  • Refresher or Introductions on A-Level topics
  • Exposure to teaching ideas
  • Access to resources
  • A chance to network with other maths colleagues

Course Leader 1: Aidan Sproat (Head of Mathematics)
Aidan is in his seventh year as Head of Maths at Wellington College. He believes strongly that content should be embedded within context and prefers problem-centred approaches to teaching as opposed to topic-centred approaches. In addition to leading on the Wellington Maths Department’s initiatives to create Harkness-style resources for A-level, he has also written textbooks for the IB Middle Years Programme.

He is committed to broadening the public face of mathematics, and in addition to promoting Maths amongst the student body he runs an annual course for parents aimed at helping them find beauty and excitement in the subject.
No of Participants: 15
Event Prerequisites: Some introductory problems will be sent beforehand to participants to prepare for discussion in the session. Approximately 45 minutes should be allowed for preparation prior to the session.
Participants should bring a calculator; a laptop is also recommended.
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