Mastering maths for physics

13 December 2017

Last week, Chipping Campden School celebrated the end of its sixth form-led autumn masterclass series with a Christmas celebration event for the pupils and their families. The primary pupils and the sixth form student ambassadors were presented with their certificates from the Royal Institution by Chipping Campden School Principal, Mr John Sanderson.

The masterclass series has run weekly since half term and primary pupils from seven local schools attended the sessions which were run by Year 12 student ambassadors who are all maths and physics students. The topics covered included Pythagoras, Fibonacci sequences and a Hooke’s Law Challenge. "It was wonderful to see the older students deliver exciting and challenging lessons for the talented primary mathematicians. The sixth form students are already planning follow up activities as they enjoyed it so much," says series organiser at the school Jackie Flaherty, Director of STEM at Chipping Campden and an Ogden Regional Representative.

A-level students from five secondary schools in the region had been trained to prepare and run the series by The Royal Institution Masterclass team at an event in the Chipping Campden Phiz Lab in November. Similar series will be run across the Midlands over the course of this academic year.

Mastering Maths for Physics - Ri masterclass at Chipping Campden
Ri masterclass at Chipping Campden

The Royal Institution’s (Ri) purpose is to encourage people to think more deeply about the wonders and applications of science. Ri Masterclasses are a series of enrichment workshops which offer students in-depth investigations of topics in areas outside of the school curriculum, combining theory with interactive exploration. The aim is to open students' eyes to the world of the subjects, allowing them to deeply explore a range of ideas and applications and hopefully to inspire them to continue their engagement in these areas.

"Feedback from the primary pupils and their parents has been 100 per cent positive," revealed Jackie. "Many are asking when the next series will run and suggestions for improvements include making the series longer or running a second one!"

Year 6 pupil feedback:
“I loved the algebra – it was super fun!”
“The people that run the club are super kind and they help me improve my maths knowledge”
Parent feedback
“Really great that the school organises these events. Brilliant for maths-inspired children and very helpful for secondary school transition.”
“He thoroughly enjoyed the combination of maths and physics. Loved challenging his Year 8 sister with his new-found knowledge!”

Jackie Flaherty is working with the Royal Institution to further develop the sixth form scheme and we will pass on information to Ogden Trust secondary partnerships later in the year. The Ri team is very keen to continue this work that Chipping Campden School has initiated, commenting: “This is a win-win-win situation. The Year 6 pupils benefit from exciting masterclasses, the sixth formers gain valuable experience presenting topics which inspire them, and the Ri is able to reach far more people. We are very grateful to the school and the sixth formers for this opportunity.”

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