News from Schools January 31, 2020

Studying Mathematics at Brillantmont: How recent lessons have been shaping our students’ knowledge

The mathematics students at Brillantmont have been working extremely hard and producing excellent work. In particular, we are very excited to showcase our students’ efforts using a range of interactive software to visualise equations and processes.

Bringing this creative element into our mathematics lessons has really inspired our students, and the results have certainly been a sight to behold. From interactive diagrams to trigonometrical animation, our classes are combining mathematics with technology – and having a lot of fun along the way!

Mathematics coordinator John Kennedy says that when students are learning in this way, “they help each other understand new concepts quicker and learn from each other”. Take a look at some of the work we are doing, and discover why our mathematics students are so passionate about their chosen subject.

Grade 10 IGCSE
Grade 10 students have been using their knowledge of advanced mathematics to make fun and creative animated clips. This included snowboarders surfing on sine waves and cats eating trigonometrical pizza.


 
 
Grade 11 and 12 Mathematics
We aim to make mathematics come alive at Brillantmont. In our advanced classes, students have been developing and demonstrating their understanding of mathematical concepts by using interactive software, visual proofs and computer programming. By making cross curricular links and highlighting practical applications, our classes provide students with the abstract problem solving skills they need to study at a higher level.
Using mathematical software called Geogebra, they have created interactive diagrams which allow greater understanding between different areas of the subject.


 
 
In addition to working on these great projects, mathematics students are publishing their work on blogs, allowing them to share their findings and creations with the rest of the class. “Getting students to publish their work on a blog means that they feel confident sharing their work and are proud of what they’ve done,” says Mr Kennedy. “Doing things in a collaborative and interactive way while keeping things grounded in the real world can make a huge difference to how well our students understand new concepts and feel about the subject.”

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