The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets


On Tuesday afternoon Mr Palmer and Mrs Hosie organised a trip to the University of Leicester for the HAPies group (plus a few others).
They went to listen to a presentation that was given by the renowned mathematician, Simon Singh.

He has just published a book in which he reveals that the hit TV series ‘The Simpsons’ is full of maths. It seems that a lot of the writers are maths graduates and for their own amusement they drop mathematical jokes into the show.


The talk mentioned some very complicated maths concepts and yet it was still fascinating, because Simon Singh presented it so well. He was amusing and entertaining and everyone agreed that the time flew by.



Maybe maths is cool after all!

Uppingham Maths Team Challenge



On Sunday four of our top mathematicians (Miles, Sam, Kesia and Charlotte) travelled to Uppingham School to take part in a Maths Challenge. The morning was organised by Mr Logan, Head of Maths at Uppingham School. It was a training day that gave us a useful and interesting introduction into the running of these Maths Team Challenges.
Our four students split up and joined six Uppingham students and two from Witham Hall to make three teams.
They then faced four rounds of maths problems. The second involved completing a maths crossword puzzle (see below) with one pair having all the down clues and the other the across clues, which forced them to work as a team.
The final round was a relay race, where one pair solved a problem, then ran across the room to pass the ‘imaginary’ baton to the other pair and so on.

Some of the problems were very tough, but the feedback was positive and this is an activity that I hope to develop and adapt at school.
The next step will be on 1st May when the advanced maths students in Years 7 and 8 will take part, individually, in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge.

Below are some examples of the questions.





For anyone who wants to have a go at the sample questions the answers are:
Q1: 35 (include 3,13,23,33,43,53,etc but also 30,31,32, etc and 130,131,132, etc. 33 and 133 count as two not one).
Q2: 55mph. Next palindromic number is 16061 which is 110miles further on.
Q4. 25. Divide 162 by six to find the average (mean), which will be the middle number that gets doubled. The numbers are 25,26,27,28 and 29.
See DP for the crossword answers!

Pointless Maths

The Year 7 and 8 children experienced the World Premiere of a new game on Thursday when Mr Palmer introduced them to ‘Pointless Maths’. image

The game was inspired by a trip to Elstree Studios in London to see a recording of the popular BBC TV quiz show. The children were asked a series of maths questions, such as ‘Name a factor of 36’, ‘Draw and name a quadrilateral’, ‘Draw one of the Rules of Angles’ or ‘Draw a maths symbol’. For each question the children had to try and write an answer that no one else matched – this was a ‘Pointless’ answer. The more children that matched their answer the more points they scored. The child with the lowest total at the end of the game was the winner, as you can see below.