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Rugby World Cup Maths: FREE Activity to download

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

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:

Not just a pretty face. Click to download and see how the world's most massive rugby player can help with GCSE Maths.

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.

It's about policy not personality... Click to download AV referendum Maths activity.

Here are the Teacher Notes to accompany it…

Click to download Teacher Notes.

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:

Practise some Olympic maths, and help Boris find his bearings... Click to download.

How can we help?

March 17, 2011 2 comments

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!

January 13, 2011 Leave a comment

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:

FREE AQA Functional Maths Practice Exam Paper Level 2. Click to download.

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!

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

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:

"Where the Devil has he hidden it, Watson?" Help Holmes and Watson find the EMP weapon before it's too late. Click to download PDF.

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

Crucial hints from "The Examiner"? That's a first. Click to download PDF.

WHAT TO DO:

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

SherlockH_221B@yahoo.co.uk 

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…