Loci is one of those topics that some find interesting, whilst others don't see the point in it. Personally, I quite enjoy it, and I like to teach it. Especially when you come across a great resource.
The great idea I came across this year was Skittles Loci, uploaded to TES by Ryan Smailes. This was a brilliant idea, and I really wanted to use it, but adapted it slightly to my group (we have a history of using Smarties in my department, so had to change to that) which is available to download below.
As well as changing to Smarties, I added a couple of challenges on the end. The first is a classic "where can the goat get to", but with the complication that there is a barn in the middle of the field, which the rope can't go through. The second is set in an art gallery, where there a lasers exactly 1m from the wall at all points (except the door), which signal if you get too close to the art.
The Smarties activity went down really well with my Year 8 group, who worked in pairs to do each task, and it highlighted the most important aspects of the topic. One girl even used the words Concave and Convex correctly!
After the main activity, I wanted something elso to get them thinking. Previously I have used the Constructions and Loci Murder Mystery by laura.reeshughes, but knew I wouldn't have the time for it this time round. I did, however find an excellent Treasure Hunt activity by andrewchambers, which was a perfect homework task for them to consolidate their learning.
Overall, a great double on Loci, which was just enough to cover the required material, but not dwell on it longer than necessary. And the students all got a box of Smarties, so they all loved it!
I am a maths teacher looking to share good ideas for use in the classroom, with a particular interest in using technology as much as possible.
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