## Linear AQA GCSE Maths: no sweat!

The ‘news’ that all GCSE maths courses taught from September 2012 are to be **linear,** won’t be a problem for your AQA resourcing with Longman!

**Longman’s AQA GCSE Maths** series has, from the start, come with Linear Schemes of Work alongside the Modular SoWs – all free on our website!

Our very popular textbooks are structured around the Modular Units, but when you transfer to **AQA’s Linear spec, **you’ll find it really easy to adjust your teaching order for Linear.

If you’re already well into using our resources with AQA Linear, do please leave us a comment below!

## GCSE Maths 1-year Schemes of Work – FREE!

With first certification of the new AQA GCSE Maths in June 2012, one-year courses will be starting this September.

Whether you’re following the AQA Linear spec 4365 or the Modular 4360, we have already prepared Schemes of Work for you! Our Longman AQA GCSE Maths resources are ideal for:

- All abilities: Higher D to A*, Middle E to B, Foundation G to C
- Linear and Modular: a
**single textbook**for the course

Click on the image below to get the Higher Sets Linear Scheme of Work.

All the others are also FREE on our website. *Let us know how you get on!*

## GCSE results – well worth celebrating!

You’re celebrating your students’ latest GCSE results, so it’s ‘box of chocolates’ time!

Now **watch Glyn Payne**, Series Editor of our new **AQA GCSE Maths 2010** series, talk about linking chocolates with a Grade C, through AO3 questions. And ensure that your results with the new AQA spec are even better!

## AQA GCSE Maths Schemes of Work – Free!

When you’ve got a moment to start planning your two-year course for the new **AQA GCSE specifications** (modular and linear), we have just the thing to help you!

Now **free to download** from our website are:

- 2-year modular SoW starting with Unit 1
- 2-year modular SoW starting with Unit 2
- 2-year linear SoW

for each of Longman’s **AQA GCSE Mathematics 2010** ** **resources: for Higher sets, Middle sets and Foundation sets. By ‘Middle sets’ we mean around grades E to B, aiming for a secure grade C at the end of the course.

** Can’t think why you’d ever start with Unit 2?** See our

**previous post**on the subject…

## Functional Skills update: AQA’s Accredited Functional Maths specification now available

AQA have just today posted the **accredited Functional Maths Specification** to their website – Levels 1 & 2. They have also posted **specimen question papers, data sheets and mark schemes**.

Accreditation was actuallly announced back in mid-April, which we **blogged** about at the time. We’ll post again if we uncover any further news.

Meantime, we understand that Longman are the only publisher bringing out new resources for the new spec. **Details here**.

## AQA GCSE Maths Linear Specification Summary available

AQA have posted their **Linear Summary Guide** as a reminder about this important new specification for 2010.

We know of some schools who are planning to continue a mix-and-match between Modular and Linear to suit the particular needs of their students.

And for each of Longman’s resources – Higher sets, Middle sets and Foundation sets – we supply **Linear Schemes of Work** as well as Modular.

Here’s the **Linear Overview** of the Scheme of Work for Middle sets taking Foundation Papers. And here’s the full **Linear Scheme of Work** for Middle sets taking Foundation or Higher.

In the Linear SoW we suggest a teaching order. If this isn’t your preferred order, we supply the files as editable Word documents in a CD-ROM in the back of the relevant **Teacher Guide**.

## Thinking of teaching Linear AQA Maths? We have it covered

As we **blogged** last month, AQA have now posted a fully accredited **Linear GCSE Maths spec** to their website. Knowing that this was going to happen, we’ve taken care to make sure *all* our Longman resources work as well for Linear courses as they do for Modular.

Here’s why they do:

**The Student Books** are all single volume textbooks to cover an entire maths course, one for Higher sets, one for Middle sets and one for Foundation. This model is ideal for Linear courses - far better than multi-volume books, divided by Unit or year group.

**The Teacher Guides** are subtitled, “for Modular and Linear specifications”. They contain **Schemes of Work** for both Linear and Modular courses. The lesson plans reference both types of SoW and are designed to work with both.

**The Practice Books** all contain a full set of Linear and Modular Practice Papers in the back, therefore 5 papers in each book. (Except the G-F book: we wanted to keep all questions in this book within the G-F grade range to build student confidence.)

**The ActiveTeach DVD-ROMs **contain a digital version of the Student Books, as well as extensive exam advice and preparation in our unique **Exam Cafe**. We’ve **blogged** recently about Exam Cafe – it has a wealth of handy features, not least **videos** showing how examiners mark exam scripts and what they look for. Click here for a full **ActiveTeach demo online**.

You’ll find full details about **Longman’s AQA GCSE Maths course** on this blog.

Click on this link any time to order your **Evaluation Pack** for the course, which contains a copy of the **Middle Sets Student Book**, a course guide and a **CD demo of ActiveTeach**. **All of it free!**

## AQA GCSE Maths Schemes of Work revealed!

If you’re considering AQA’s Modular specification, and want to see how our **AQA GCSE Maths for Middle sets **Student Book will support the course thoroughly, click here for our full two-year Scheme of Work.

This assumes you’re starting teaching with Unit2 – see our earlier post if that sounds a tad crazy!

## FREE AQA Maths Books: additional copies now available

We **blogged** a fortnight ago, offering a **free AQA Maths Foundation sets Student Book** to the first 100 Maths teachers to subscribe to this blog…

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response – so we’ve made some additional copies available and are extending the offer until 15th April!

**Enter your school email address into the box top right of this page, press the “Sign me up” button, and we’ll send you a free copy.**

For those of you that have already subscribed, you will be receiving your free textbook in the next few days.

If you’re new to this blog, you’ll be wondering what it’s about… We are the Maths publishing team at Longman and we’re writing this for AQA GCSE Maths teachers. This year we’ll be publishing a series of resources for **AQA GCSE Maths** and **AQA Functional Maths**. You’ll get three things from this blog:

**News:**We’ll keep you informed about important developments, such as the accreditation this week of**AQA’s Linear Specification****Free Resources:**We’ll share free resources, which have so far included everything from a**sample Scheme of Work**, to our popular**World Cup Maths activity**, through to a tongue-in-cheek video explaining the new Assessment Objectives,**“Zen and the Art of AO3″****Air your views:**Let us know what you think on any and everything to do with Maths and the resources we are publishing!

We’ve been blogging since November of last year, and we post about 4 times a week. We do not spam our subscribers, and we always welcome feedback.

## 2-year Scheme of Work sample

For **AQA GCSE Maths Modular** specification, we now have a sample of our 2-year Scheme of Work to share with you. It’s for chapter 2 of **AQA GCSE Mathematics for Middle sets**:

A couple of chapters’ worth (wow!) will follow in the next few days.

We’ll be including the full 2-year Schemes of Work – both Modular and Linear – in our Teacher Guides.

One- and 3-year SoWs will be available free on our website before too long.

Not seen anything yet? Order your Evaluation Pack now!

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