Archive for March, 2010

AQA GCSE Linear Maths Spec: Accredited version available to download

We blogged last week to let you know that the AQA GCSE Mathematics (Linear) Specification had been accredited.  At that point AQA had made the announcement, but still hadn’t posted the Spec itself…

Well, now they have.  Click on this link to download the fully accredited version of AQA’s Linear Spec from their website. 

You can also download a one page summary of the spec, and view their fully accredited specimen papers.

For anyone looking for a quick digest, follow this link to an earlier post we wrote about the Linear spec’s new features and its key assessment details.

And finally, for anyone looking for support for the linear spec, they’ll find that our AQA GCSE Maths series has got it covered.  Follow this link for details.


Revealed: The top ten most popular Functional Maths contexts

We thought it would be interesting to see which contexts were cropping up most often, when Functional Maths tasks are being concocted.

We therefore did a quick survey of the real world contexts that appear in the sample Functional Maths assessments from most of the major exam boards, and that appear in the Functional Maths textbooks published so far.

And here’s the countdown to Number 1, in order of how often each basic context appeared…

  • Number 10        Calculating income and outgoings
  • Number 9          Arranging geometrical objects in a room or garden
  • Number 8          Following a recipe
  • Number 7          Medicine and health
  • Number 6          Sports
  • Number 5          Travel logistics
  • Number 4          Surveys of human behaviour
  • Number 3          Taking a holiday
  • Number 2          Decorating your home or garden
  • Number 1          Paying for products and services

We tend to think of “carpeting” and “mobile phone charges” as the go-to, no-brainer contexts for Functional Maths tasks, but in fact the spread of situations turned out to be encouragingly diverse, with ideas from the animal kingdom, TV and town planning also cropping up regularly, but just missing the top ten cut.

G-F Practice Book sent to press

March 29, 2010 2 comments

We just sent our G-F Practice Book to press.  Big moment: this is the first of our 5 Practice Books to go to press. It’s our only write-in book and, as far as we know, unique in the market.  There are no other dedicated G-F resources around. 

Differentiation is a big part of what we’re trying to achieve with our AQA GCSE series.  We’ve already blogged about our A-A* Practice Book – click here to find out more about the other targeted resources in the series.

Below is a sample spread.  You’ll see that we’ve included:

  • Practice for Functional questions & the new Assessment Objectives
  • Key Points to recap formulae and methods, and
  • Assess Yourself panels in every section so students can track their own progress. 

Click to see pdf version –

G-F Practice Book sample – click to see pdf

Click here to order copies of the G-F Practice Book.  Or click here to order a free Evaluation Pack for the whole AQA series, which includes a copy of the Middle sets Student Book.

“What Teachers Make” by Taylor Mali

Here’s something for any teachers feeling like they need a lift, and for those who don’t.

Our thanks to Seth Godin’s blog for bringing this to our attention.

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.

The Easter Bunny is unwell… Free maths resource for end-of-term

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Looking for an end-of-term maths activity? Try out this chapter-starter from our Level Up Maths book at Levels 5 to 7.

Number skills starter - click to download

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Latest News from Ofqual on Functional Skills Accreditation

Ofqual have accredited 20 new Functional Skills qualifications, for 1st teaching in September 2010.  Not AQA Functional Maths yet!  But they have accredited WJEC Functional Maths Levels 1 & 2.

Here’s the full list of 20:

  • Edexcel, English, Entry 2
  • Edexcel, English, Entry 3
  • NOCN, Mathematics, Entry 1
  • OCR, ICT, Entry 1
  • OCR, ICT, Entry 2
  • OCR, ICT, Entry 3
  • C&G, ICT, Entry 1
  • C&G, ICT, Entry 2
  • Edexcel, ICT, Entry 3
  • OCR, ICT, Level 1
  • OCR, ICT, Level 2
  • WJEC, ICT, Level 2
  • Edexcel, English, Entry 1
  • NOCN, English, Level 1
  • OCR, Mathematics, Entry 1
  • OCR, Mathematics, Entry 2
  • OCR, Mathematics, Entry 3
  • NOCN, Mathematics, Level 1
  • WJEC, Mathematics, Level 1
  • WJEC, Mathematics, Level 2