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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. 

Bull’s eye! A KS4 Maths lesson taken from Cisco’s Out of the blocks – Maths and Science series 2012. Click to download (5MB, so be patient…)

Like what you see?  More lessons like this are freely available on ActiveTeach – no login required.

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‘In it to win it’… Don’t miss the chance to win Olympic tickets!

April 25, 2012 Leave a comment

The Out of the Blocks   Maths and Science Series for London 2012 is proving very popular in schools. So if you’re still looking for a STEM Club activity with the prospect of you and your team winning Olympic event tickets, there are still 2 weeks left to enter a team in the Maths and Science Challenge 2012 closing date for entering a team is 15 May 2012!  

The Challenge is for teams of 4 to 6 students to plan a major sporting event in your local area, using their maths and/or science skills to create a great presentation for STEM Challenge local-area judging between 21 and 30 May.

So effectively you have until almost the end of May to come up with a winning project!

Don’t miss the 2012 launch competition deadline!

January 30, 2012 Leave a comment

The Out of the Blocks   Maths and Science Series for London 2012 has hit the ground running. And there are still 12 days left to submit your class’s entry in the Launch Competitionclosing date 12 February 2012!  

Launch Competition to win 1 of 25 digital cameras!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And Don’t forget to remind your Science colleagues too! Get your students interested now and start to build a team ready to enter the Maths and Science Challenge 2012 – STEM Challenge 10!

London 2012 – (really) exciting free maths resources!

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

What plans have you made to use London 2012 as a context for teaching and learning next spring and summer?

Out of the blocks - Maths and Science 2012

We think you’ll want to make time for ‘Out of the blocks – Maths and Science series 2012′ coming free to all state-funded schools in the UK in January 2012:

  • 15 FREE COPIES of maths Activity Books containing  GCSE curriculum content in highly visual Olympics-related activity pages
  • A Launch Competition poster free inside your pack of Activity Books – with 25 digital cameras as prizes
  • Maths & Science  Challenge 2012 – STEM Challenge 10. This is the biggie! Enter teams of four to six Y10 students to win serious prizes including London 2012 event tickets! (and cash to support your school’s  STEM Club)

Full details on our new website, so go there now to register for e-alerts and to ensure your department receives its pack of 15 free Maths Activity Books in January.

Remember to register with a school email address, please. And doing so by 1500 on 9 December will enter you into a Prize Draw for:

  • One of five £20 Amazon vouchers 

Oh… and do prompt your science teacher colleagues to register as well!

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?

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.

“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 !