Archive for the ‘Functional Level 1’ Category

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.


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.

In training for 2012 Olympic tickets? Free maths resource!

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment

You can start applying for Olympic event tickets on 15 March:

  • 500 days before the opening ceremony (27 July 2012)
  • there are 8.8m tickets to be applied for…
  • …by the closing date 26 April 2011.

In the spirit of getting ready, here’s a sporting challenge from our Longman AQA Functional Maths resources. It’s all about mean and range, making it Level 1 Functional.

London Marathon functional maths - click above for the PDF

 And here are the London Marathon Level 1 answers as a Word file.

Sherlock Holmes Christmas Maths Challenge: Episode 6 Solution

December 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Congratulations to the winners of the 6th and Final Episode of our Sherlock Holmes Maths Competition

Year 10 Set 1 from Canon Palmer School in Essex (Teacher: Ms R Gorschia)

They correctly worked out where Holmes and Watson must rush to defuse Moriarty’s devilish doomsday device…

"Hurry Watson - the weapon's about to fire!" Click to download PDF.


Here’s the full solution to all the clues in Episode 6:

Clue 1: David Boreanz (the actor on the top left of the newspaper clipping) plays the character “Angel” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and spin-off series Angel.

Clue 2: The exhibition advertised is at the Laing Gallery, which is in Newcastle.  The artist mentioned, Anthony Gormley, is the artist who designed the Angel of the North.

Clue 3: The main news story refers to Carville Power Station being reopened.  Carville Power Station is in Wallsend, near Newcastle.  The article mentions the power station could provide 25 MW of power: more than the 18 MW required by Moriarty’s EMP in episode 5.

Clue 4: The special offers at the bottom of the newspaper advertised Dan Brown books.  Dan Brown wrote a book called “Angels and Demons”.  Also advertised was a signed Alan Shearer shirt.  Alan Shearer played most of his career at Newcastle United, and a large Alan Shearer shirt was famously draped across the Angel of the North soon after its construction.

Clue 5: Click here to find the full crossword solution.  The full solution provides the number 1201533365.  If you visit the you will find a picture of the Angel of the North.

Clue 6: The first entry in the lonely hearts column refers to looking in maths books for clues.  In Holmes’s case notes he mentions using the Longman AQA GCSE Mathematics Middle Sets book as a clue.  Each pair of numbers in the lonely hearts column refers to a word in this book.  The first number is a page number and the second number is a word number.  So for example the first word is the 13th word on page 242.  The six words spell out WEAPON IN HEAVENLY IMAGE IN GATESHEAD.  A reference to the location of the Angel of the North.

Clue 7: The third lonely hearts advert is from Moriarty!  He asks Holmes to include the code 26435 in his text message when responding.  If you enter these digits in to a text message with predictive text messaging on it will spell out the word ANGEL.

Clue 8: The fourth lonely hearts advert is for an “Outdoorsy Type”.  This advert refers to the Angel of the North, which is constructed from steel and is 12 years old.

Click here for the full solution to Episode 6 in Word format. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this competition – many thanks for taking part, and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Sherlock Holmes Christmas Challenge: Extension to deadline!

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment

We’re extending the deadline for entries to the 6th and Final Episode of our Sherlock Holmes Maths Competition to:

5pm on MONDAY, 20th DECEMBER

Click here to see all 6 Episodes and full details of the competition.  All Maths teachers are welcome to enter! 

The winning entry will unravel the mystery and solve/identify the most clues.   The prize is a Christmas hamper packed with good things – GOOD LUCK!


“Fork Handles” for a Functional Christmas! Free maths resources!

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment

In the spirit of the season, this Level 2 Functional Maths resource is free to download!

This is part of Longman’s new AQA Functional Mathematics resource for Level 1 and Level 2. If you’re not teaching Functional Maths as a separate qualification, the activities will work equally well to support AQA GCSE Maths 2010.

What’s involved?

  • Geometric shapes – recognise and use 2D representations of 3D objects
  • Starting up a new business
  • 4 candles

Christmas candles - click to download the PDF (2MB, so may be slow!)

And here are the Lesson Plan and Model Answers.

H A P P Y  C H R I S T M A S !

Christmas Maths Challenge – win a Christmas Hamper!

December 8, 2010 Leave a comment

MATHS TEACHERS – solve this Sherlock Holmes Christmas Maths Mystery and win a hamper packed with excellent things! 

Simply download the two PDF’s below, solve the clues, and send your answers to by 5pm on Monday 13th December:

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

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

You’re taking part in the sixth and final episode of our Sherlock Holmes Maths competition.   The prize will go to the answer which solves/identifies the most clues.  All Maths teachers and Maths classes are welcome – MERRY CHRISTMAS!