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John Bayley observes as an AST maths teacher turns the challenge of teaching Pythagoras's theorem into a fun and engaging lesson for Key Stage 3.
Discarding lesson objectives, former Teacher of the Year, Dan Walton, engages the Year 8 students in a series of activities which lead them to discover the formula of Pythagoras for themselves.
Dan uses golf to explore right-angled triangles, introducing the hypotenuse by solving a dog-leg hole in one. By playing games with numbers the children discover a numerical solution to their problem.
Next their new-found knowledge is put into practice as the class compete to solve a murder using the answers to a series of Pythagoras problems.
Dan keeps the momentum going using praise, games and even the children?s mobile phones to ensure the class is engrossed to the end.
Part of the series: Classroom Observation with Bayley