## 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.

## London 2012 – (really) exciting free maths resources!

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

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!

## 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 big event on 29 April – free maths resource!

So while you’re waiting for the street party to warm up, why not have a go at this fun Level 5/6 algebra activity:

And here are the Quick Teacher Notes and the Full Teacher Notes.

**Note: No turtles were harmed in the making of these activities!**

## AQA GCSE Maths Unit 1 Practice Paper FREE!

Longman’s new ** AQA GCSE Maths** series includes a really useful **Assessment Pack.** Covering AQA’s Linear and Modular specifications, the content includes:

- Course entry tests
- Chapters tests for the Longman Foundation Sets, Middle Sets and Higher Sets Student Books
- Linear and Modular Practice Papers
- Resit Papers for Linear and Modular

Ahead of the Unit 1 Higher exam next term (on 13 June), here’s a **free** Practice Paper for your students:

And here is the **Mark Scheme** . Let us know what you think – comment is also free!

## 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:

## Mixed Results from November GCSE Exams?

Anecdotally, we’re hearing that students had a mixed experience with the new AQA GCSE Maths Unit exams last November.

Some of the AO3 questions tripped up a significant number of students and it was tough for Higher and Foundation candidates to achieve full marks on some AO2 questions.

But practice makes closer-to-perfect, and **Longman AQA GCSE Maths **is full of support for polishing AO2 and AO3 skills. Take a look at this ‘AOk’ page from Unit 1 in our **Middle Sets Student Book:**

The next opportunity for exam entry is **7 March for Unit 1** and **9 March for Unit 2**.

**Don’t forget that students can now only resit a Unit once!**

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