Black History Month 2021

Introduction

The AMSP aims to increase participation in Core Maths, AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and improve the teaching of these level 3 maths qualifications.

The programme prioritises support for state-funded schools and colleges in areas of low social mobility so that all students – whatever their ethnicity, gender or background – can have access to high quality teaching and choose their best post-16 maths pathway.

Mathematics is a discipline which has developed over centuries and across all peoples and cultures.  Too often in our specification-driven teaching it is easy to miss the rich history behind some of the key ideas we use in school mathematics.

To celebrate Black History Month 2021 the AMSP have produced three new resources which give some insight into this global heritage.  The resources are designed to be accessible to 11-16 students and come with a presentation, detailed teacher notes and a student handout.

Links to these resources are given below, together with links to Black History Month events, and some links to useful resources on other websites.

Teaching and Learning Activities

In ‘Where did Pythagoras' Theorem originate?’ students explore ancient Chinese and Mesopotamian problems and evidence which indicate that the theorem was used before Pythagoras was born!

In ‘Ibn Sina’s two rules of summation’ students look at some interesting results this Persian mathematician discovered involving square and cube numbers based on simple number arrays.

In ‘Whose triangle?’ students work with what we know as Pascal’s Triangle and uncover its more ancient roots.

Raising Aspirations