Episode 1: Sherlock Holmes Competition – FREE AO3 Maths resource to download

Episode 1: “Smash ‘n’ Grab”

Solve the mathematical clues in this detective story with your students, and help Holmes and Watson to track down the thief of the World’s largest ruby!

This Autumn term, we’re running a fortnightly competition to give AQA GCSE Maths classes some FREE practice of AO2 and AO3 questions.  Each Episode is presented as a two-page entry from Holmes’ own case notes:

Episode 1: Help Holmes and Watson solve their first clues, and work out where they must go next. Click to download PDF.

And here’s the accompanying worksheet:

Watson's Worksheet. Click to download.

How the Competition Works:

1. Download the full Episode, and the Worksheet, by clicking on the 2 images above.  Print these out for your classroom, or project onto your whiteboard.  They contains the narrative of the story with Maths challenges, testing AO3 problem-solving skills. You may find it helpful to use the map of London, which we published in an earlier post.

2. The solution to the Maths challenges is the next location Holmes and Watson must go to.  Submit your solutions, together with an explanation, either by leaving a comment on this post or by sending an email to SherlockH_221B@yahoo.co.uk  Deadline: 5pm on Tuesday 28th September, 2010. 

3. You can send the solution on your own behalf, or on behalf of your GCSE Maths class.  If the latter, please specify the name of the class.  If you have more than one class, you can make more than one entry.

4. The winning solution will be chosen at random from all correct solutions, and published next Wednesday, 29th September.  We will send this prize to the winner: a DVD of the 2010 BBC Sherlock Holmes series and a tin of Cadbury’s Heroes!

5. There will be six episodes in total – teachers can join this competition at any stage.  There’s no need to register and you can send solutions for as many, or as few, of the Episodes as you want.  You can keep up-to-date with every Episode on this dedicated page of our blog.

Full terms and conditions of the competition can be accessed by clicking here

Final Tip: if you’re a Maths teacher and want to take part in this Competition, you’re strongly advised to subscribe to this blog (which, by the way, is cost-free and spam-free).  This means you’ll get all future Episodes emailed straight to your inbox as they’re published.  To subscribe, just enter your school email address in the box top right of your screen.

New subscribers also receive a FREE copy of our AQA GCSE Middle Sets Student Book: essential reading, especially as some of the clues in later Episodes will be hidden inside it…

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