## Rugby World Cup Maths: FREE Activity to download

The **Rugby World Cup** is upon us. There’s a lot more mathematics to rugby than you might think, and we’ve created a bespoke *Beast Index* to prove it.

Keep your class on their toes with these **AO1** and **AO3 problem-solving questions** on averages & range, and using formulae:

## 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?

## Here’s what you told us

Last month we conducted a survey of our subscribers to find out what you really think! After 18 months of blogging, we were curious…

**Q. If the blog stopped tomorrow, which of these statements would best describe your attitude? **(Tick only one)

Well, that was a relief. No-one ticked the “Happy – all the email updates annoy me” box. We’ll do our best to keep it that way. Thank you for your support.

**Q. How long did you read the blog before you subscribed to it?** (Tick only one)

This result took us by surprise. We had no idea the decision to subscribe was taken so quickly.

**Q. Before you started this survey, who did you think writes and produces the blog?** (Tick all that apply)

This response made us smile. We can say definitively that we are *Longman*, which is part of *Pearson Education. *Either of those would have been correct, so a majority of you were on the right track. We are not part of AQA and definitely not Nelson Thornes (greatly though we esteem those organisations)!

**Q. If we were to cut down the types of activities we were going to provide on the blog to just four, which of the following types would you want to keep?** (Tick four only)

Harder to read this slide, so here’s a summary: the most votes went to “GCSE new-style practice questions and papers”. We hear you – we’ll keep them coming and make sure we offer all the support we can through the Summer exam season.

Our topical resources came in as next most popular. Collectively, there were 42 votes for our topical lesson plans and activities relating to**:**

- “…major sporting events” – for example, our World Cup posters last year – 16 votes
- “…major non-sporting events”, for example our General Election activity last year – 15 votes
- “…annual festivals, e.g. Christmas, Halloween, Bonfire Night”, for example our Sherlock Holmes competition last Autumn, episodes of which related to these festivals – 11 votes

We’ll keep this stuff coming as far as time and tide allow. For example, to mark the passing of the 500 day milestone and the availability of tickets for sale, we’ll shortly be publishing an Olympics poster.

There was also enthusiasm for the sample pages from our published resources, with 12 votes. Again, we’ll keep these coming. The least votes went to our video resources and news updates on AQA specifications and policy.

We asked you to tell us what other kinds of resources you would like to see. Your answers centred around three types: (i) more exam questions/papers/feedback, (ii) more puzzles, (iii) interactives.

We hear you. We’ll do our best.

**Q. What are your other sources of topical resources for use in school?** (Tick all that apply)

Space doesn’t allow for all the questions, and we promised to keep all individual responses confidential. But we do want to say a big T H A N K Y O U to everyone who took part. Some of your additional feedback was very encouraging: you made especially kind comments about our Middle sets Student Book, about our Sherlock Holmes competition, and about our other free resources.

Finally, some of you expressed concern that we might start charging for the content on the blog (we asked a few hypothetical question around this). Don’t be, because we won’t.

With best wishes,

The Maths Team at Longman

## 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:

## How can we help?

We’ve just sussed from the recent survey of our subscribers (more on that in a later post) and from our own data, that fully 30% of the AQA schools that subscribe to this blog have adopted our new Maths resources. Either our **AQA GCSE course **or our **Functional Maths course**.

**So firstly, thank you. **It’s a great vote of confidence, and we hope the resources are fulfilling your expectations.

**Secondly, and more importantly, how can we help? ** We always intended this blog should support our customers, as well as inform potential customers. Tell us if you have any questions or requests?

## January AQA Functional Maths exam approaching – download FREE practice paper!

**First of all, welcome back to all our subscribers and readers! ** The school year is well and truly underway – we hope you all had a refreshing break, before mayhem was unleashed again?

Here’s something early on the agenda this year: the January sitting of the AQA Functional Maths exam. Don’t let your students be caught out on 26th January: the new Functional Maths exams have proved tricky for the unprepared.

**Download a free Level 2 Practice paper:**

This paper includes all the data sheets at the back in a handily compiled **“Data Book”**, as will happen in the exam:

Since we at Longman always strive to be helpful, click here for **one page of guidance on pre-release of data sheets**. And click here for **the mark scheme**.

Additional practical papers and practice questions and guidance and lesson plans – in fact all the tools a teacher needs to teach **AQA Functional Maths** – can be found** at this link.**

## EPISODE 6: Sherlock Holmes Maths Competition – the GRAND FINALE!

**SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE DEVIL’S EYE**

**FINAL EPISODE (6) – P I E C E S O F E I G H T**

**The story so far… **Called to investigate the disappearance from Harrods of the world’s largest ruby, the **Devil’s Eye, **Holmes and Watson follow a trail of clues around London. Moving between some of London’s darkest corners and brightest attractions, it becomes clear that they’re caught up in something far bigger than a simple jewel heist…

It also becomes clear that their every move has been manipulated from the start. At the end of **Episode 5**, they find themselves led, in a humbling figure-of-eight, back to the very spot from which they started:** 221B BAKER STREET**. And who’s been yanking their chain? Why, their old nemesis **MORIARTY**. And what is the *real crime *that he’s planning? To use the **Devil’s Eye **as the key component in building the world’s most powerful **EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) weapon** – an 18 Megawatt monster, capable of knocking out any electronic device in a 10 mile radius, including aircraft guidance systems…

Help Holmes and Watson locate the weapon before mayhem is unleashed:

And here a crucial newspaper cutting, in which you’ll find clues & hints:

**WHAT TO DO: **

**DOWNLOAD BOTH PDFs, SOLVE THE CLUES, AND LET US KNOW WHERE MORIARTY HAS HIDDEN THE WEAPON BY SUBMITTING YOUR ANSWERS TO: **

**BY 5pm ON MONDAY 13th DECEMBER.**

**There are several clues concealed in these PDF’s: the WINNER will be the one who SPOTS/SOLVES the greatest number!**

**THE PRIZE FOR WINNING THE GRAND FINALE: A CHRISTMAS HAMPER, PACKED WITH GOOD THINGS, TO SHARE WITH YOUR CLASS!**

**Remember**: If you’re new to this competition, or haven’t participated in every Episode, it doesn’t matter! Any Maths teacher is welcome to enter this Final Round, and can catch up with all the action on this **dedicated page of our blog**.

**HINT: **You may find having a copy of our** AQA Middle Sets Student Book **to hand helps prevent a lonely heart…

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