## Linear AQA GCSE Maths: no sweat!

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!

## GCSE Maths 1-year Schemes of Work – FREE!

With first certification of the new AQA GCSE Maths in June 2012, one-year courses will be starting this September.

Whether you’re following the AQA Linear spec 4365 or the Modular 4360, we have already prepared Schemes of Work for you! Our Longman AQA GCSE Maths resources are ideal for:

- All abilities: Higher D to A*, Middle E to B, Foundation G to C
- Linear and Modular: a
**single textbook**for the course

Click on the image below to get the Higher Sets Linear Scheme of Work.

All the others are also FREE on our website. *Let us know how you get on!*

## GCSE results – well worth celebrating!

You’re celebrating your students’ latest GCSE results, so it’s ‘box of chocolates’ time!

Now **watch Glyn Payne**, Series Editor of our new **AQA GCSE Maths 2010** series, talk about linking chocolates with a Grade C, through AO3 questions. And ensure that your results with the new AQA spec are even better!

## Will mapping Functional Maths teaching onto a GCSE course be a nightmare?

When we set about designing our **AQA Functional Maths series**, this was one of our main concerns: that teachers might struggle to integrate Functional easily into their existing GCSE course.

Indeed, it was a stand-out feature of existing Functional books that they did not lend themselves to integration, as we **posted back in January**. Sure enough, one of our readers raised this issue **earlier this week**.

Actually, it doesn’t have to be that way. This is what we replied to our reader:

We designed our

Functional courseto slide as easily as possible into a GCSE course. Here’s how:

1. The Functional Teacher Guide(due out early next month) contains Schemes of Work mapping the Functional to GCSE.

2. The Functional Student Bookhas been designed with a clear mathematical structure: each chapter is clearly labelled by mathematical topic (ratio, mean & range, probability, etc) so it’s easy to see where and when you might fit a functional lesson into a GCSE course. The maths builds through the book, so students are never asked to tackle topics they haven’t already covered earlier in the book. “Practise the Maths” sections at the start of every chapter provide a chance to recap all key mathematical techniques before tackling Functional questions.

3. The Functional Student Bookmirrors ourGCSE Student Books, so mathematical topics are covered in the same order in both resources.

Hope this helps…

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Any Maths teacher who subscribes to **this blog** between now and then will be sent a **FREE Functional Student Book**. To subscribe you need only enter your school email address in the box top right of this screen – subscription is cost-free and spam-free. Your details will not be shared with any third parties. You will receive all our posts by email: 3-4 per week during term time, 1-2 per week during the holidays. Existing subscribers can request a copy by leaving a comment on this post (which we will not publish).

## Longman AQA resources: Free Class Tracker for Maths GCSE

Sometimes it can be hard to get excited by a spreadsheet… But we may have managed it. We’ve just finalised the **Class Progress Charts** for our** AQA GCSE Assessment Pack**: one for Foundation sets, one for Middle, and one for Higher. We know most people would run a mile if we said the spreadsheets had *great* *functionality*… But they do!

The **Class Progress Charts (or trackers)** allow teachers to record pupil progress end-to-end through a GCSE course. For example: the **Assessment Pack** contains **Course entry tests** for each Unit – input the results into the tracker, and it will suggest a target GCSE grade. Handy for setting students.

Another example: the **Assessment Pack** contains a diagnostic test for every Student Book chapter – input these results into the tracker, and it will tell you which students are on course to meet their target GCSE grade and which are falling behind. Particularly handy for middle sets when deciding which tier to enter students.

**Click here*** *to download the Charts (Foundation, Middle & Higher). This link will take you through to our website: scroll down until you see the title **Assessment Pack**, and the links are just underneath. (We would post the files here, but this blog cannot host Excel…)

Click here **to find out more about the AQA GCSE Assessment Pack**, or click here **to order one.**

## Preparing to teach new GCSE maths Units 1 and 2? Get free lesson plans!

We’re finding that many teachers plan to start teaching the new AQA GCSE Mathematics 2010 specifications after half-term.

Longman **AQA GCSE Mathematics** Student Books and Practice Books are now all published. And we’re working very hard to make sure that all our support materials are not far behind.

Our **Teacher Guide for Middle sets** will be published on 4 June. All our teacher guides fully support AQA’s new **Modular and** **Linear** specifications.

To give you a good slice of the Middle sets Guide while you’re waiting for your order to come through, you can now see **Unit 1 and Unit 2** lesson plans and guided practice worksheets **free on our website**.

Teacher Guides for **Foundation sets** and **Higher sets **are at advanced proof stages, so will also be published in June.

## AQA GCSE Maths Schemes of Work – Free!

When you’ve got a moment to start planning your two-year course for the new **AQA GCSE specifications** (modular and linear), we have just the thing to help you!

Now **free to download** from our website are:

- 2-year modular SoW starting with Unit 1
- 2-year modular SoW starting with Unit 2
- 2-year linear SoW

for each of Longman’s **AQA GCSE Mathematics 2010** ** **resources: for Higher sets, Middle sets and Foundation sets. By ‘Middle sets’ we mean around grades E to B, aiming for a secure grade C at the end of the course.

** Can’t think why you’d ever start with Unit 2?** See our

**previous post**on the subject…

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