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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!

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… 

FREE Print copy for Subscribers

Leave a comment on this post and we’ll send one out to you!

Any UK-based Secondary Maths teacher can subscribe to this blog: enter your school email address in the box top right of the screen and we’ll post a free copy.  Subscription is free, you will not be spammed and we will not share your details with any third parties.

Our Free AQA GCSE Maths Practice Papers are really popular right now!

June 1, 2011 2 comments

With the new AQA GCSE Maths Unit exams due on 13 June (Unit 1) and 21 June (Unit 2), it’s no surprise to us that our site downloads have shot up! This half term week is no exception.

Supporting Longman’s AQA GCSE Mathematics Student Books and Practice Books for all abilities, we publish a comprehensive Assessment Pack as well, from which the free practice paper below  – for Unit 2 Foundation – is taken:

Click to download the pdf file
And you’ll be wanting the Mark Scheme too…
 
We’d be interested to know whether your students are resitting Units this summer, or waiting until next year to improve their Unit result, knowing that there is only one resit allowed. Please feed back in a Comment. THANK YOU!

The big event on 29 April – free maths resource!

April 27, 2011 1 comment
The 2011 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships kick off in Slovakia on 29 April, leading up to the final on 15 May. Matches are being played in Bratislava and Kosice.

So while you’re waiting for the street party to warm up, why not have a go at this fun Level 5/6 algebra activity:

Click to download and hurtle that turtle!

And here are the Quick Teacher Notes and the Full Teacher Notes.

Note: No turtles were harmed in the making of these activities!

AQA GCSE Maths Unit 1 Practice Paper FREE!

April 20, 2011 18 comments

Longman’s new  AQA GCSE Maths series includes a really useful Assessment Pack. Covering AQA’s Linear and Modular specifications, the content includes:

  • Course entry tests
  • Chapters tests for the Longman Foundation Sets, Middle Sets and Higher Sets Student Books
  • Linear and Modular Practice Papers
  • Resit Papers for Linear and Modular

Ahead of the Unit 1 Higher exam next term (on 13 June), here’s a free Practice Paper for your students:

Click to download the paper as a PDF

And here is the Mark Scheme .  Let us know what you think – comment is also free!

Are your students adapting to the new GCSE maths question styles?

March 11, 2011 Leave a comment

With two more AQA GCSE Maths 2010 Unit papers taken this week, are your students feeling more confident with AO2 and AO3 questions?

If you’re looking for a bit more practice on sequences and proof for Unit 2 Higher, here’s a FREE Topic Test from our AQA GCSE Maths Assessment Pack.

And here are the answers

Free AQA GCSE Algebra Practice Paper

February 17, 2011 2 comments

Squeezing in before or after your half-term, we thought you might like to have some extra practice material for AQA GCSE Maths 4360 Unit 2.

The Unit 2 exam is on 9 March. Don’t forget this is a non-calculator paper.

Our Longman AQA GCSE Maths series is full of support for the whole specification, with particular focus on the new question types AO2 and AO3.

Click on the image for free Unit 2 Higher Practice Paper pdf

And here are the Unit 2 Practice Paper answers – enjoy!

GCSE Maths 1-year Schemes of Work – FREE!

February 14, 2011 2 comments

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.

Speedy route to GCSE

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

Mixed Results from November GCSE Exams?

January 25, 2011 1 comment

Anecdotally, we’re hearing that students had a mixed experience with the new AQA GCSE Maths Unit exams last November.

Some of the AO3 questions tripped up a significant number of students and it was tough for Higher and Foundation candidates to achieve full marks on some AO2 questions.

But practice makes closer-to-perfect, and Longman AQA GCSE Maths is full of support for polishing AO2 and AO3 skills. Take a look at this ‘AOk’ page from Unit 1 in our Middle Sets Student Book:

 

 

 

Middle Sets (E to B) Unit 1 AO practice. Click here to download a PDF of this page

 

The next opportunity for exam entry is 7 March for Unit 1 and 9 March for Unit 2.

Don’t forget that students can now only resit a Unit once!

After the AQA GCSE Maths Unit 1 exam, download FREE algebra tests for Unit 2

November 19, 2010 Leave a comment

You’ve probably seen the recent Unit 1 exam paper for the new AQA GCSE Maths, with 50% of the marks coming from AO2 and AO3 questions.

Watch a short video about this big change from Series Editor Glyn Payne:

Glyn Payne explains the problem-solving involved in the new AQA GCSE Maths spec. Click to play.

Our new resources Longman AQA GCSE Mathematics  provides a stack of practice for AO2 and AO3, as well as helping students secure their basic maths for AO1.

In particular, there are Practice Papers (for both modular and linear) in the  Practice Books that cover the full ability range: Foundation Sets, Middle Sets, Higher Sets plus the special ‘G to F’ and ‘A to A*’  Books. In addition, the Assessment Pack includes Chapter Tests and more Practice Papers.

Moving on to Unit 2 Number and Algebra, download three Free Chapter Tests for ‘Basic Algebra’:

Higher sets: (grades D to A*)

Middle sets: (grades E to B)

Foundation sets: (grades G to C)

And here are the Answers to all three tests – think we’ve got the right ones this time!

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