Barcelona’s Big Church

Eleven mathematic sequences filmed around Gaudi’s church in Spain Eleven short sequences shot in and around Gaudi’s yet to be completed La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Each item looks at a different aspect of mathematics for pupils to explore, investigate and discuss. Those working on the building which was designed around mathematical relationships share some of the challenges they face.

The mathematical content is intentionally understated, although the material rewards repeated viewing and provides a rich source of mathematical imagery.

Each sequence poses a question intended to stimulate mathematical discussion rather than to elicit a correct answer to a computation. The programme is intended to be used in sections, stopping and replaying the video to analyse the information. It can be shown to pupils on a whiteboard where the pictures can be annotated, or worked on by pupils individually or in groups on PCs or laptops. The items are best used in programme order as some rely on information given or worked out in a previous clip.

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