KS3 Masterclass in Fractals
The Mathematics department ran a KS3 Masterclass on Fractals. The session was aimed at Gifted and Talented students in KS3.
The session was run by Miss McCaffrey and Mr Bell.
What are fractals?
A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self similar across different scales.
They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the picture of Chaos.
Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, , hurricanes, etc.
SMSC in Mathematics
Ridgeway’s Year 8 students were involved in looking into the issue of China’s one child policy that was recently lifted this year. Students looked at problems, such as where was China in the world? How many miles away is China?
Students used high level skills such as standard form, rounding to significant figures, speed, distance and time, interpreting data and percentage change.
Students were given the opportunity to listen to news reports on the lifting of the ‘one child’ ban. Students enjoyed the sessions as they realised how Maths could be used in a real life context and could help them to understand different social situations.