One million miles

This task provides an opportunity for students to create some questions based on a stimulus, to decide what information they need to gather to help them answer the questions, and then to work out the answers.

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Overview of task

This task provides an opportunity for students to create some questions based on a stimulus, to decide what information they need to gather to help them answer the questions, and then to work out the answers.

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Strand(s):

Number and Measures, Financial Maths, Statistics

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Prior knowledge

No specific prior knowledge is required, and this task could be used at any stage of the course.

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Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

  • AQA
  • C&G
  • Eduqas
  • Pearson/ Edexcel 
  • OCR

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Suggested approaches

This task is suitable for a range of approaches, including:

  • Group work with opportunities for collaboration, discussion, and debate 
  • Independent working
  • Homework

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Resources/documentation

The PowerPoint presentation includes extensive background and teaching notes, as well as details of possible questions that students could ask (and some suggested answers and approaches).

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Relevant digital technologies

Students will benefit from having access to the internet in order to research the information required.

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Possible extensions

This task provides considerable freedom for students to decide exactly what to do and how to go about it. This makes the provision of specific ideas for extension unnecessary. More broadly, teachers could extend the approach shown here by providing their own ‘stimulus’ ideas to replace the model aeroplane and award used in this example.

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Acknowledgement

Developed by Mark Dawes at Comberton Village College.