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Year 8 Maths PGL Visit

The Maths department took 62 Year 8 students on a maths educational visit to Winmarleigh Hall on the weekend of Friday 22 to Sunday 24h March; this was our biggest participating group to date.  The event was designed to allow students to witness the application of mathematics outside the classroom as well as being involved in activities to improve their team building skills.  The weekend was a huge success with plenty of complicated maths being undertaken by everyone, including the non- specialist maths teachers!  Students managed to improve their skills in a number of areas: working out bearings and angles as use of the speed, distance, and time formula in their orienteering and raft building sessions.  Whilst abseiling, they discovered how to work out the amount of rope they used to abseil down by using measurements taken on site and applying Pythagoras; a new skill.  Evening activities included using a variety of skills to locate different points on the campus and to answer general knowledge questions.

Although very cold at times, all students were fully engaged in the activities and learnt a lot about themselves; particularly in terms of their tolerance for heights.  The trip was running very smoothly, until our return home when a delay in the arrival of our coaches meant all students had a little more waiting to do until they could get home for some well-earned rest. A big thank you to all parents for being so understanding. Once again, Winmarleigh Hall staff were impressed with the behaviour of our students and have invited us to return again next year.