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Performing Beyond Expectations - Using Sport to Motivate Students in Mathematics Lessons

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

In this article, Alan Parr shares his experiences of the motivating effect sport can have on the learning of mathematics.

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Who's the Best?

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?

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Sport Collection

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This is our collection of favourite mathematics and sport materials.

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Decathlon: the Art of Scoring Points

Stage: 3, 4 and 5

How do decisions about scoring affect who wins a combined event such as the decathlon?

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Who Can Be the Winner?

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Some children have been doing different tasks. Can you see who was the winner?

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Can You Do it Too?

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Try some throwing activities and see whether you can throw something as far as the Olympic hammer or discus throwers.

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Olympic Measures

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?

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Olympic Cards

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.

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Opening Patterns

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Look at some of the patterns in the Olympic Opening ceremonies and see what shapes you can spot.

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Olympic Turns

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This task looks at the different turns involved in different Olympic sports as a way of exploring the mathematics of turns and angles.

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Now and Then

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Look at the changes in results on some of the athletics track events at the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. Compare the results for 2012.

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Olympic Starters

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Look at some of the results from the Olympic Games in the past. How do you compare if you try some similar activities?

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The Fastest Cyclist

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Andy is desperate to reach John o'Groats first. Can you devise a winning race plan?

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Olympic Logic

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?

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Olympic Triathlon

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Is it the fastest swimmer, the fastest runner or the fastest cyclist who wins the Olympic Triathlon?

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Nutrition and Cycling

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?

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Olympic Records

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?

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Stadium Sightline

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?

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Who's the Winner?

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

When two closely matched teams play each other, what is the most likely result?

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Half Time

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?

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Weekly Challenge 20: the Olympic LOGO

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A weekly challenge concerning drawing shapes algorithmically.

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Training Schedule

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

The heptathlon is an athletics competition consisting of 7 events. Can you make sense of the scoring system in order to advise a heptathlete on the best way to reach her target?

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10 Olympic Starters

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

10 intriguing starters related to the mechanics of sport.

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Alternative Record Book

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.

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Angle of Shot

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

At what angle should you release the shot to break Olympic records?

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David and Goliath

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?

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Track Design

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?

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Any Win for Tennis?

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

What are your chances of winning a game of tennis?

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Light Weights

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

See how the weight of weights varies across the globe.

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Little Little G

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

See how little g and your weight varies around the world. Did this variation help Bob Beamon to long-jumping succes in 1968?

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Pole Vaulting

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Consider the mechanics of pole vaulting

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What's the Point of Squash?

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Under which circumstances would you choose to play to 10 points in a game of squash which is currently tied at 8-all?

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The Olympic Torch Tour

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Imagine you had to plan the tour for the Olympic Torch. Is there an efficient way of choosing the shortest possible route?

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Speed-time Problems at the Olympics

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?

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High Jumping

Stage: 4 and 5

How high can a high jumper jump? How can a high jumper jump higher without jumping higher? Read on...

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Medal Muddle

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?