The Magic of Maths



This will be an inspirational day of fun maths talks and activities with invited guests and speakers, including Derek Couzens (Maths Magic), Amber Cottee from the Royal Engineers (Bridge Buidling) and Rachel Beddoes (Specialist in Girls' participation, AMSP).

We are also delighted to welcome Colin Wright to deliver the keynote address.

Prepare to be amazed as Colin hilariously demonstrates a selection of the patterns and skills of juggling while at the same time developing a simple method of describing and annotating a class of juggling patterns.

Colin is head of research, innovation and engineering in a company that designs and produces equipment to assist with the monitoring and control of maritime traffic. (Think air traffic control for ships.)

He is also one of the main organisers of the Maths Jam movement, linking up mathematics enthusiasts across the UK and now internationally. 


  • To inspire year 10 students to continue with maths post-16
  • To show students the range of careers and opportunities available by studying maths
  • To have fun doing and watching maths in action

Who will benefit from attending?

Year 10 students and their teachers.


Programme for the day:

9.15   Arrival and registration
9.30   Introductions, 'Why Do Maths? Alison Terry, AMSP
10.15 Workshop 1 (rotation)
11.15 Break and refreshments
11.30 Workshop 2 (rotation)
12.30 Lunch (provided for teachers and presenters). Students to bring packed lunch
13.10 Workshop 3 (rotation)
14.10 Short break
14.20 Keynote: Colin Wright
15.20 Round-­up and evaluations
15.30 Leave

Materials and Equipment

All materials wil be provided on the day

Other Information

This event is being organised by the Advanced Maths Support Programme (AMSP) and schools taking part should be registered. This is free, quick and simple from

An adult from each school must accompany and be responsible for students throughout the day. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to all adults

Students will be expected to provide their own lunch and refreshments

The Portsmouth College campus is a reasonably safe environment; however it should be understood that students will be required to act and behave safely and responsibly.

Please try to encourage prospective Core Maths, A level maths and further maths candidates to attend, particularly those who would be suitable but may not currently be considering maths as an option post-16.

For further information please contact Alison Terry [email protected]


Key Facts

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Target year:

Year 10

Curriculum focus:

11-16 maths, A level Mathematics

Event format:


Event length:

6 hours




Portsmouth College,
Tangier Rd,
Portsmouth ,


Wed 2nd Oct 2019

Course times:

09:15 - 15:30


This event is free

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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Alison Terry
[email protected]

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