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Linear AQA GCSE Maths: no sweat!

July 8, 2011 Leave a comment

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!

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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

How did you find our practice papers?

Back in October we posted a free AQA GCSE Unit 1 Practice paper plus answers.  Last month we posted a Unit 2 paper.  They were written specially to support the new specification.

How did you find these papers?  How have your students been finding the exams, and how have they coped with the new AO3 problem-solving questions?

By the way…

Our Assessment Pack (RRP £149.99) contains two complete sets of Linear and Modular practice papers, as well as a bank of exam-style questions organised by topic.  We’re running a 30% discount for our subscribers for online purchases before 30th April.  If you’re interested, “Leave a comment” on this post and we’ll send you a voucher.

The best things in life are… THREE! 30% discount on all our new AQA GCSE Maths resources for blog subscribers only

February 28, 2011 3 comments

3 Book model.

AO3, AO2, AO1 fully covered.

30% DISCOUNT ON WEB PURCHASES FOR BLOG SUBSCRIBERS ONLY.

Subscribers: Hurry to claim your 30% discount on all Longman’s AQA GCSE Maths 2010 resources (incl. Student Books, Practice Books, ActiveTeach) by going to our website before 30th April, 2011.  You’ll need a discount code, when checking out. We sent this to you on 28th Feb:  if you mislaid it, just “Leave a comment” against this post, and we’ll email it out to you.

New visitors: If you’re a UK Secondary Maths teacher, you’re very welcome to subscribe to this blog, and we’ll send you a discount code too.  Just enter your school email address in the box top right of this screen.

OFFER CLOSES 30th APRIL 2011.

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.

AQA Functional Maths teacher resources: FREE samples available to download

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Back in the depths of August, we published the teacher resources for our AQA Functional Maths 2010 series: a Teacher Guide and an ActiveTeach DVD-Rom.  Both resources cover Levels 1 & 2.  They fit hand-in-glove with our Functional Student Book, with which a lot of our readers are already familiar.

The Teacher Guide and ActiveTeach are, of course, awesome.  But don’t take our word for it, here are some samples:

AQA Functional Maths ActiveTeach: presents the Student Book on-screen with access to video clips, audio files and interactive content. Click to access FREE online demo.

AQA Functional Maths Teacher Guide: click to download FREE sample chapter on ratio.

Quick note on the Teacher Guide contents: its chapters are matched to the Student Book, and it offers lesson plans, teacher notes, extension material for brighter students, and guided practice for weaker students. The Guide also contains Level 1 and Level 2 practice exam papers, written bespoke for the new 2010 spec.

Click here to order a FREE Evaluation Pack for the Functional series.  Or click here to order any products from the series.

Welcome Back! Time to get to grips with the new GCSE?

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

First of all, a warm welcome back to all of our subscribers! 

The new school year is underway (almost), and with it come new qualifications and new issues.  Functional Maths is going live, and even more importantly, the new GCSE specifications are now live.

The new Maths GCSE is built on problem-solving: 50% of marks will be awarded for so-called AO2 and AO3 questions.  If you know all about these already, great.  But if you don’t, be on your guard – these questions are different and might catch your students out.  Watch this 3 minute video from Examiner and Author, Glyn Payne:

AO-who? Watch a 3-minute explanation of AO2 and AO3 - it might make all the difference...