Adventure + Data = Answers!
Inspire your KS3 pupils with this lively perspective on mathematics. At PGL, learning maths is all about collecting data, applying theories and making the subject relevant and real. Using our ICT facilities, students collect data from some of their adventure activity sessions and employ mathematics to analyse and interpret it.
All students will benefit from this course regardless of ability. The more able will begin to see further potential in maths and its many practical applications, while for the less able, it’s their chance to see the subject taken off the page and brought right into their own world.
A zip wire session provides data including distance travelled and time taken in order to calculate speed using algebra.
Students use trigonometry to analyse data from their abseiling session and produce an annotated presentation of the activity.
A rope-based activity produces the opportunity to collect data which can then be turned into a presentation showing how pulse rates change during the activity.
Students prepare a proposal for a theoretical retail outlet using the PGL centre shop as a model and data source. Averages, charts and diagrams are employed to explain trends and patterns within the data.
Aero Noughts (Little Canada & Osmington Bay only)
Data from an aeroball session, such as shots and goals, provides material for analysis in terms of ratios and percentages.
Races and team games create contrasting data which students use to focus on percentage increase and decrease, fractions and ratios.
Based on an orienteering session, students explore angles and distances in order to design a shortest route.
Plotting a walking route, students use GPS units for checking time and distance and learn to use angles as a checking tool.
The PGL Adventure Bonus
Choose from our popular on-site adventure activities, such as zip wire, giant swing, trapeze, climbing and abseiling, to complement your study sessions and tailor-make your course to your requirements.
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5|
|09.00-10.30||Zip Wire||Aero Noughts - based on an Aeroball session (part 1)||Trapeze||Tower Time - based on an Abseiling session (part 1)|
|10.30-12.00||Archery||Aero Noughts - based on an Aeroball session (part 2)||High Ropes Course||Tower Time - based on an Abseiling session (part 2)|
|14.00-15.30||Heartbeat - based on a Giant Swing session (part 1)||Quad Biking||Marker Trail - based on an Orienteering session (part 1)||Depart centre|
|15.30-17.00||Arrive for evening meal and unpack||Heartbeat - based on a Giant Swing session (part 2)||Challenge Course||Marker Trail - based on an Orienteering session (part 2)|
The units of study in our mathematics course relate to the teaching programmes designed to meet the objectives of your Key Stage 3 students.
Students are encouraged to develop and improve their mathematical skills while:
- Deciding what data is relevant to an enquiry
- Collecting small sets of data from surveys and by observation
- Using a range of techniques, methods and resources
- Comparing and evaluating solutions
- Using symbols, diagrams and graphs
- Explaining and justifying methods and conclusions