Category Archives: Maths


Celebrating India fortnight

Over the last two weeks, pupils have been celebrating the language history and culture of India. This has focussed on our KS3 pupils, with a variety of activities taking place, such as samosa making; jewellery making; sitar playing in assembly; learning new Indian languages; talks about Indian politics, Indian history and Indian religions; Indian dancing; Hinglish; playing Kabaddi and cricket. We are very grateful to departments for coordinating such interesting activities and to the pupils themselves, who have led many of them.

A Celebration of India Fortnight - 16th Feb - 9th March 2018

UKMT Success

UKMT KS3 Success, March 2018

4 pupils from years 8 and 9 represented AGGS yesterday at the UKMT team challenge. The pupils achieved 5th out of 27 teams! The pupils involved were Evie, Rachel, Nishi (Year 8 ) and Rose (Year 9).

UKMT Intermediate challenge

UKMT Intermediate challengeThe UKMT Intermediate challenge took place on the 1st February for years 9, 10 and 11. 23 pupils were awarded gold, 33 pupils awarded silver and 27 awarded bronze. 21 pupils were invited to participate in the follow on rounds which take place the 15th of March. Well done to all those who participated.

Celebrating India Fortnight 26/2- 9/3

A Celebration of India Fortnight - 16th Feb - 9th March 2018

We will be running a variety of activities during the fortnight from 26/2 until 9/3 to celebrate the languages, culture, politics and religions of India.

The activities are as following:

  • MFL- KS3- starter activity- learn a new language- to be led by pupils in each class
  • Music- Kumar sisters to play in assembly
  • Citizenship- exploration of Indian politics
  • PE- cricket on both Tuesdays.
  • Sports leaders (Year 10) to teach Kabaddi to KS3 pupils during Wednesday lunchtimes
  • Dance- Year 8 as scheme of work, taster through year group clubs to be led by older pupils.
  • RS- exploration of Indian religion
  • Science society to deliver to Year 7/8 classes- biology- vegetarian diet/ ivory trade, chemistry-   chemicals in curry, physics- light and its effect on flag colours
  • Maths- study of Indian mathematicians.
  • D&T lunchtime Samosa making session; Indian inspired jewellery
  • Art- paper cuts club to produce shadow puppets
  • English- Hinglish with KS5

Code breaking workshop

Code Breaking Workshop run by Students to Y7s

On Wednesday 5th July, some of the Year 11 students who competed so successfully in the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition, run by the University of Manchester, returned to school to run a cryptography competition of their own. All of year 7 got to hear some of the tips and tricks Helen, Fiona, Miranda, Antonia, Hannah, Katie, Amy and Ellie had learned through the competition and then took part in a competition planned and executed to perfection. Four codes, designed to test the skills of the year 7s revealed the code to a safe, containing prizes for the winning team. One year 7 student said: “We had a great time breaking the codes- I didn’t realise it could be so much fun!

Code Breaking Workshop run by Students to Y7s

Year 9 Maths Challenge Success

Y9 Maths Challenge, July 2017
Y9 Maths Challenge, July 2017

Seven of our year 9 pupils participated in a mathematics team challenge in Manchester High School for Girls on Wednesday the 5th of July. This was very competitive as they had to solve challenging problems under timed conditions. Our year 9 pupils did extremely well to finish second out of 6 teams.

Well done to our pupils that were involved:

Bhargavi D, Vera P, Srihitha N, Emily C, Zoe A, Akanksha D, Amber T

Maths/MFL Roadshow

Math/MFL Roadshow, June 2017
Math/MFL Roadshow, June 2017

On Thursday close to seventy Year 8 and Year 9 pupils from seven different schools across the area (including AGGS, Cedar Mount and MCA) got together in the AGGS main hall for the Maths/MFL Roadshow. The hall was alive with activity and conversation as the pupils set to solving maths problems in pairs. The extra challenge was that all the problems were written in French, Spanish or German! Pupils worked really well together, some even managed to work out problems in languages they weren’t studying. There were some very helpful Year 10 students from AGGS present to help out when the going got tough and to check answers when success had been achieved.

Thank you to everyone who helped out in any way to make the event run so smoothly, we will hope to be running a similar Roadshow next year.’

Maths Cryptography Success

Maths Cryptography Success
Maths Cryptography Success

A team of talented year 11 mathematicians have won the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition run by the University of Manchester. Helen, Miranda, Amy and Hannah defeated teams from schools around the country, breaking a variety of codes posted online faster than anybody else, so fast in fact that one of the maths lecturers setting the codes sought out the team to ask how they managed to solve them so quickly! They received their prize at the cryptography day hosted by the University, where they underlined their dominance of the competition by winning the live cryptography competition, becoming the first team to win both the online and live competitions in the same year. Well done girls!


Rachel’s Maths Achievement

Rachel G, Y7 Maths AcheivementRachel G from Year 7 won third prize in the 2017 MEM Challenge Competition (Mathematical Education on Merseyside).

The competition attracts 2000 entries annually and Rachel has been invited to attend a prize-giving ceremony at the University of Liverpool on the 10th of May.

Well Done Rachel!

Y12 Students at Maths Competition

Y12 Maths students attended a competition on Monday 27th March. They enjoyed the experience of working together as a team on some tricky questions. One round involved working individually on solving some specially constructed for the day Sumaze problems. These were tough!

For some easier Sumaze problems follow this link: