## 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**

Leave a comment on this post and we’ll send one out to you!

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## 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?

## 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?

## In training for 2012 Olympic tickets? Free maths resource!

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 L**ongman AQA Functional Maths** resources. It’s all about mean and range, making it Level 1 Functional.

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

## 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.**

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