FREE Olympic GCSE Maths lesson – archery and circles

Actually it’s a Paralympic Maths lesson: teach area and circumference of circles in the context of Paralympic Archery. 

Bull’s eye! A KS4 Maths lesson taken from Cisco’s Out of the blocks – Maths and Science series 2012. Click to download (5MB, so be patient…)

Like what you see?  More lessons like this are freely available on ActiveTeach – no login required.

‘In it to win it’… Don’t miss the chance to win Olympic tickets!

April 25, 2012 Leave a comment

The Out of the Blocks   Maths and Science Series for London 2012 is proving very popular in schools. So if you’re still looking for a STEM Club activity with the prospect of you and your team winning Olympic event tickets, there are still 2 weeks left to enter a team in the Maths and Science Challenge 2012 closing date for entering a team is 15 May 2012!  

The Challenge is for teams of 4 to 6 students to plan a major sporting event in your local area, using their maths and/or science skills to create a great presentation for STEM Challenge local-area judging between 21 and 30 May.

So effectively you have until almost the end of May to come up with a winning project!

Don’t miss the 2012 launch competition deadline!

January 30, 2012 Leave a comment

The Out of the Blocks   Maths and Science Series for London 2012 has hit the ground running. And there are still 12 days left to submit your class’s entry in the Launch Competitionclosing date 12 February 2012!  

Launch Competition to win 1 of 25 digital cameras!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And Don’t forget to remind your Science colleagues too! Get your students interested now and start to build a team ready to enter the Maths and Science Challenge 2012 – STEM Challenge 10!

London 2012 – (really) exciting free maths resources!

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

What plans have you made to use London 2012 as a context for teaching and learning next spring and summer?

Out of the blocks - Maths and Science 2012

We think you’ll want to make time for ‘Out of the blocks – Maths and Science series 2012′ coming free to all state-funded schools in the UK in January 2012:

  • 15 FREE COPIES of maths Activity Books containing  GCSE curriculum content in highly visual Olympics-related activity pages
  • A Launch Competition poster free inside your pack of Activity Books – with 25 digital cameras as prizes
  • Maths & Science  Challenge 2012 – STEM Challenge 10. This is the biggie! Enter teams of four to six Y10 students to win serious prizes including London 2012 event tickets! (and cash to support your school’s  STEM Club)

Full details on our new website, so go there now to register for e-alerts and to ensure your department receives its pack of 15 free Maths Activity Books in January.

Remember to register with a school email address, please. And doing so by 1500 on 9 December will enter you into a Prize Draw for:

  • One of five £20 Amazon vouchers 

Oh… and do prompt your science teacher colleagues to register as well!

Rugby World Cup Maths: FREE Activity to download

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

The Rugby World Cup is upon us.  There’s a lot more mathematics to rugby than you might think, and we’ve created a bespoke Beast Index to prove it.

Keep your class on their toes with these AO1 and AO3 problem-solving questions on averages & range, and using formulae:

Not just a pretty face. Click to download and see how the world's most massive rugby player can help with GCSE Maths.

End-of-term GCSE activity: Sherlock Holmes mathematical mystery

July 12, 2011 17 comments

Looking for a fun and engaging way to fill an end-of-term lesson?  Download this free resource: 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Devil's Eye" - a mathematical adventure in six thrilling epsiodes. Click to download pdf - it's a 9MB file so may take a short while.

Set in modern day London, Sherlock Holmes has been called in by Scotland Yard to investigate the theft of the world’s largest ruby, the Devil’s Eye. Stolen from Harrods, the police have nothing to go on except a few mathematical clues.

Your students’ challenge is to solve the clues to help Holmes and Watson work out where they must go next.

We first published this story last Autumn as a competition in six episodes.  Due to their continuing popularity on this blog, we’ve assembled all the episodes into this single booklet.  All the clues are designed as AO2 or AO3 problem-solving questions, they all carry a GCSE grade, and the booklet is free for you to download.  Best of all, if you’re subscriber you can also get a… 

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Linear AQA GCSE Maths: no sweat!

July 8, 2011 Leave a comment

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!