Maths adds up to sum success

Todmorden High School maths pupils Holly Emmett, left, Chloe Hirst and Megan Jackson with a 6m cartoon strip they made during a project about ratio and proportion
Todmorden High School maths pupils Holly Emmett, left, Chloe Hirst and Megan Jackson with a 6m cartoon strip they made during a project about ratio and proportion

A QUIET revolution is taking place inside and outside maths classrooms at Todmorden High School.

In addition to being taught maths skills, the students are now being given the opportunity to apply their knowledge in order to answer practical and challenging tasks.

Key stage three pupils learn about a key topic area during a six-week period, after which they are set a project that will give them the chance to demonstrate their mastery of the subject and how it can be applied in real-life situations.

Ian Wroe, head of department, said maths at Todmorden High is changing.

“I believe that by providing these creative opportunities for learning, the students will have a memorable experience which will increase their attainment and enjoyment of maths,” he said.

“The students are actively engaged in their lessons and take pride in being able to demonstrate their knowledge to others.”

Recent projects include the use of statistics to inform about WaterAid; a video of a car dealership demonstrating percentages and depreciation; and a six metre long cartoon strip to explain ratio and proportion.

Megan Jackson, a year nine pupil, said: “Maths is not boring.

“We don’t just use text books any more, and the projects are really interesting.”