## 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.

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

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

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

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!

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!

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

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:

**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 AV referendum – FREE Maths activity to download!

The **Alternative Vote referendum** will soon be upon us…

Exciting for some, dull for others – and a rich source of Maths questions for GCSE classes.

Download our very own ** alternative Alternative Vote referendum**. It’s a role play allowing your class to mock up their own referendum, learn about the two different voting systems, and explore the maths behind them. It’s also a bit of fun and we guarantee it will bring a smile to your students’ faces.

Here are the Teacher Notes to accompany it…

The Maths includes percentages, representing data and bias. The last two topics often perform badly in exams, so don’t lose this opportunity to set your students down the right path!

We’ve also prepared a **worksheet** and **ballot papers **for your class.

Oh, and please tell us how the *alternative* AV referendum plays out in class? Which candidate wins under AV? Which under FPTP?

## AQA GCSE Maths Unit 1 Practice Paper FREE!

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:

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

## Countdown to 2012: your FREE Olympic maths poster!

**500 days** to go to the big event (actually, 489 days as we write)…

Here’s your free classroom poster, with a map of all the London venues and some Maths activities built in. These are at GCSE Grade D/C, and Functional Maths Level 2 – covering ratio, map scales, and distance-speed-time:

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