Maths lessons made fun by R-R and Derby County
PUPILS at a Derbyshire school have had fun using football penalties and flying model aircraft to boost their maths lessons.
More than 120 youngsters from John Flamsteed School in Denby were inspired by visitors from Derby County and Rolls-Royce.
The pupils were given a chance to apply maths skills to real-life challenges and highlight how they are used in the workplace.
They also had the chance to see video profiles of real roles in the organisations.
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Pupils also took penalties against staff from Derby County in the Community, and videoed the kicks to measure their efforts.
Later, they flew model airplanes provided by Rolls-Royce, recording performance data and analysing the results.
Back in the classroom, they became expert statisticians, watching football video footage and calculating the match day contribution of Derby stars past and present, such as Robbie Savage and Shaun Barker.
Paul Moore, assistant head teacher from John Flamsteed School, said: "Students have really valued input from these iconic Derby-based organisations and enjoyed all of the challenges.
"They are learning that in these difficult economic conditions, having good qualifications, especially in maths, is vital in an increasingly competitive workplace.
"Students have seen how they can improve their prospects if they study and work hard.
"Derby County and Rolls- Royce have delivered a brilliant programme of activities which has stretched and challenged every student, and developed their interest in applying maths skills throughout each session."
Pupil Kd Bhardwaj, 13, said: "It was great fun, better than the usual maths lessons."
Fellow pupil George Chamberlain, also 13, added: "I liked being videoed taking a penalty and tallying the results. It was a fun way of getting maths across."