Functional Maths is coming! Subscribe to this blog by 31st August and receive a FREE Student Book…

After a 3 year pilot and much debate, Functional Maths is about to become reality for all schools in the UK.

We expect that teaching Functional will evoke a variety of emotions in Maths teachers (curiosity? excitement? panic?)  If it’s the latter, please remember there’s a survivor’s guide on this blog.  Or click here to go through to the AQA website.

And if you’re looking for resources, only one Student Book has been published for the new spec…  Yes, it’s ours and we’d be delighted to offer a free copy to any existing or new subscribers to our blog. Here’s a sneak preview:

Blogging about the blogosphere - could this create a space-time anomaly? Click to download PDF.

Other features of the Student Book:

  • Practice exam papers at Level 1 and Level 2, written in accordance with the new spec and the new specimen papers. Click here for a sample.
  • “Practice the Maths” sections at the start of every chapter, offering revision and practice to build students’ confidence.  Samples of these can be found in two recent posts: click here for wind power / formulae, and here for school trips / understanding data.

How do I obtain my free copy of the Student Book?

If you’re new to this blog, simply enter your school email address in the box top right and we’ll post a copy to your school address.  You’ll be subscribing to this blog, which is cost-free, spam-free and hassle-free.  You’ll receive each of our posts by email, which amounts to about 2-4 per week during term time and 1-2 per week during the holidays.  We will not share details with any third parties.

If you’re already one of our subscribers, just click on “Leave a comment”, and let us know that way.  The comment will not be published (unless you want us to) – it will just be read by the team here.

Other Resources

We’ve published a free Evaluation Pack, which contains a copy of the Student Book.  In a few weeks time, we publish the Teacher Guide and, a few weeks after that, the ActiveTeach DVD-ROMClick here to browse or order any of these resources.

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  1. buttonc
    July 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Functional Skills should be everybody’s way of teaching Mathematics. It’s an exciting prospect but mapping what is done across the curriculum is going to be a nightmare.

    • domholdsworth
      July 20, 2010 at 9:17 am

      Hi there – That was our inital thought! But we reckoned there must be a way round. So we designed our Functional course to slide as easily as possible into a GCSE course. Here’s how:
      1. The Functional Teacher Guide (due out early next month) contains Schemes of Work mapping the Functional to GCSE.
      2. The Functional Student Book has been designed with a clear mathematical structure: each chapter is clearly labelled by mathematical topic (ratio, mean & range, probability, etc) so it’s easy to see where and when you might fit a functional lesson into a GCSE course. The maths builds through the book, so students are never asked to tackle topics they haven’t already covered earlier in the book. “Practise the Maths” sections at the start of every chapter provide a chance to recap all key mathematical techniques before tackling Functional questions.
      3. The Functional Student Book mirrors our GCSE Student Books, so mathematical topics are covered in the same order in both resources.
      Hope this helps…
      DH

  2. J Rowell
    July 20, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Another fab idea – well done

  3. Jonathon Cox
    July 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    These are great functional ideas – I’ve been using them a lot in the last few weeks of term!

  4. JC
    July 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    these are good!!

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