## 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.

## 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:

## 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…

**FREE Print copy for Subscribers**

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## 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:

## 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.**

## Sherlock Holmes Christmas Maths Challenge: Episode 6 Solution

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…

**…THE ANGEL OF THE NORTH!**

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” inBuffy the Vampire Slayerand spin-off seriesAngel.

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 hereto find the full crossword solution. The full solution provides the number 1201533365. If you visit the http://tinyurl.com/1201533365 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 theLongman AQA GCSE Mathematics Middle Setsbook 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!

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!**

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