Author Archives: Mr H

Ideas for revision and exams for students

This is a distillation of my presentations in November 2016 to the Maths in Action days run by The Training Partnership in London and Warwick and to the Coopers Company and Coborn School in January 2017. A teacher version is here. KNOW WHAT … Continue reading

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Garden 2017

Jan 10th The first flowers were showing around the garden but primroses and the various bulbs are still some way off. The impending snow will do little to encourage them on! Jan 3rd Last year’s project, the Pollinators’ Bed, is … Continue reading

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Creative expressions of Depression

  I suffered a nervous breakdown in June 2015 and eighteen months later have not been able to return to teaching, a job that I love. I continue to struggle with both anxiety and low mood despite numerous changes of … Continue reading

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Ideas for revision and exams for teachers

This is a distillation of my presentations in November 2016 to the Maths in Action days run by The Training Partnership in London and Warwick. A student version is here.   KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Topic guide – issue it, … Continue reading

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Road to Aarhus

In nine months time I will have just finished competing in the triple jump at the European Masters Athletics Championships which next summer are being held in the town of Aarhus in Denmark. I will be on my way to … Continue reading

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Fun with Yangma

I was very pleased to discover recently that the shape formed from a net I like using for more advanced constructions has a proper name, a “Yangma”. I would normally require pupils to create the net using mathematical instruments then fold up … Continue reading

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Pat the Post meets Mack the Knife

Towards the end of February, I was much amused by a tweet from mathematician Rob Eastaway: A quick rummage on the keyboard confirmed his find and that actually the basic tunes were very similar. A quick moment in trusty old Sibelius helped … Continue reading

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Flutterby – A Butterfly Detector App

As a lover of Lepidoptera there is nothing more exasperating than walking down a leafy lane with a group of friends and someone says, “Oh, what was that butterfly? It looked sort of purpley,” but by the time you have … Continue reading

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Rob Eastaway’s Dinner Table Problem

An ever so very slightly embroidered recounting of the problem It is party time chez Eastaway as one of the nation’s favourite mathematicians Rob and his wife have invited six people round for dinner. The desserts have been cleared and … Continue reading

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Musical Analysis of Bird Song

There has long been an association between music and birdsong; the twentieth century French composer Olivier Messiaen is well known for his use of carefully observed bird calls in his music, as explored in this short film by the London … Continue reading

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