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Maths Masterclasses at Bath University

Earlier this year four of our Year 8 students attended a series of Maths Masterclasses at the University of Bath. The aim of the Masterclasses is to stimulate interest in mathematics among students who have enthusiasm for the subject. It is aimed at children who are likely to read mathematics or science at university in the future.

Miss Hooper from the Maths Department said, "This is the first year that students from Bradon Forest have taken part. Students take part in a short lecture and then spend the rest of the time solving problems in small groups. Feedback from both parents and students has been very positive."

Taisei Akiyama from Year 8 commented, "The Maths Masterclass  was a great experience and each class was very enjoyable.  We studied in depth various topics such as Prime numbers, Probability and Fractals.  My personal favourite was the first session which was all about percentages, likelihood and unlikelihood of a forest fire.  It was enjoyable as you had to roll a dice and see if the trees around the fire would also set on fire.  We also used different climates such as windy, rainy and dry.  Although we were separated from most of the people we knew, everyone quickly made friends and our table all worked together really well.  Overall I found each Masterclass different and unique, we did activities that we wouldn ‘t usually do at school."

More background information about the Masterclasses can be found at http://www.www.rigb.org/education/masterclasses