## The World Saucer

You don’t have to be against the World Cup to appreciate that there’s something missing from the concept – the **World Saucer**!

And there’s plenty of maths in saucers… Here’s an investigation from the **nrich** site – **the teacup challenge**:

NRICH is part of the family of activities in the Millennium Mathematics Project, which also includes the Plus and Motivate sites.

## 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…

## Chelsea style in AQA GCSE Maths – Free functional maths activity!

The BBC, as usual, have great coverage of the **Chelsea Flower Show** (which is, again as usual, a sell-out event). Arguably the **Tatton Flower Show** (21 to 25 July this year) is better because it’s more accessible (code for ‘not in London’).

For the budding gardeners among your students, our **AQA GCSE Mathematics for Middle Sets** Student Book includes this **Roof garden** activity that will tick some boxes with **functional maths**.

Click **here ** to get a PDF of the two-page spread.

Here are the **Teacher Notes** to go with it. And the **answers**!

If you’re already familiar with the **AQA Functional Maths** spec, this is mostly Level 2: area, perimeter and volume; it needs Level 1 ability to construct geometric diagrams and models. Dig in!

## Tracking feature tracking quite nicely, response-wise

Long time visitors to the blog might recall the occasional self-congratulatory reference to the new tracking feature on our forthcoming ActiveTeach software. What the hey, we think it’s pretty nifty.

ActiveTeach puts the textbook up onscreen for whole class teaching. The new tracking feature enables the teacher to gather information on the class response to every single activity or exercise, with, oh, about 5 seconds total effort per lesson. A tracking screen then shows topic status, traffic-light-style, and it’s dead easy to see what needs attention. Or indeed, simply what topics you’ve covered. In a future world, this information would then be beamed direct to your brain, but that’s Phase 2 territory for now.

Most importantly, teachers we’ve shown it to, “get it” instantly. The response has been so positive, we consider the tracking feature now worthy of the ultimate accolade: a screencapture walkthrough that explains what we’re actually talking about.

CIOLUKWYK (Check it out, let us know what you think).

## World Cup maths: the route to the Final!

You may have been wondering how England are going to reach the World Cup Final?

Well, here’s a chance for you and your students to solve that problem,* literally*. Click below for some nifty functional maths questions, and you can help Wayne Rooney navigate his way across South Africa:

**Quick tip:** this activity is ideal for display on a whiteboard. Once you’ve downloaded the pdf, press Control+L for full screen display.

**Looking for other Functional teaching resources?**

Click here to see our free **World Cup wall chart****. **Keep your Maths classroom up-to-date with events in South Africa!

We’ve also blogged these recently: **Countdown to the World Cup** (fractions), **Wind power** (formulae, Level 2) **Election Maths** (handling data, percentages), **Volcano Maths** (probability; distance-speed-time), **Maths in the Roof Garden** (volume, area, perimeter – Level 1), **Of Rock Festivals and Number Skills** (interpreting data, number skills – Level 1).

## In praise of problem-solving: Dan Meyer speaks

Here’s a fascinating video clip we found on the **TED site**… **Dan Meyer** is a Maths teacher in the US and gives a passionate defence of problem-solving as the way to teach:

Problem-solving , alongside **functional maths**, is exactly what the new **Maths specifications** in the UK are all about. Click here for more info about **AO2** and **AO3**.

Oh, and here’s a short, tongue-in-cheek video that we made, explaining problem-solving: **Zen and the Art of AO3**

## A-A* Practice Book: free sample chapters

We published our **A-A* Practice Book** last week. It’s the only book in the market we can find, which targets top grade candidates and future A-Level stars. And it’s our answer to anyone who says Maths GCSE is being dumbed down. The book is full of engaging, colourful questions – all of them clearly graded and labelled like the AO2 sample above on the **Millau Suspension bridge** (**Chapter 4** on Accuracy in calculations).

And here’s a Challenge Yourself question from the **Proportionality chapter**:

Challenge Yourself questions in every section offer some fun and danger to the brightest students – the questions go beyond GCSE but the underlying maths doesn’t. We blogged some other samples a few months back – **Mean, Meaner, Meanest** – as well as **answers**.

Click here to download **free sample Chapter 3, Proportionality**, or **Chapter 4, Accuracy in calculations**.

The A-A* Practice Book can be **ordered here**.

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