May 2017

Edexcel Legacy Practice Questions

May 26th, 2017|Blog, Edexcel|

The marvellous Emma Bell has put together some practice questions for the final Edexcel 1MA0 paper EVER! ** sniffs back a tear** and she has agreed that it was ok to share here for those of you looking for some extra practice questions for students to do over the next [...]

Best Guess Papers .. yeah right!

May 26th, 2017|Blog|

I bet that blog title got your attention ... you may well be disappointed! We aren't producing "best guess" papers or predicted papers this year BUT what we are doing is more practice questions than you can shake a stick at. Me and Seager sat down and agreed a load [...]

Just Saying Part 1: 2017

May 21st, 2017|Blog, Uncategorized|

Over the last couple of years I've written a couple of blog posts that I end up referring people to when faced with queries just to save myself repeating myself and this is one of them .. to be honest this one has been in my draft folder and I'm trying to [...]

GCSE 9-1 New content – Venn Diagrams

May 20th, 2017|Blog|

For those of you that have been around a bit … (I mean teaching for a while and I'm not insinuating anything else ;-) !!) you will have taught these before. They’re a bit of a hokey-cokey topic – one minute they’re in the formal programme of study as dictated by [...]

Recruitment & retention

May 16th, 2017|Blog|

We don't have a recruitment problem (ok we may have a recruitment problem!) but I know lots of new teachers who came into the profession having spoken to a teacher who was able to enthuse them enough for them to make the decision and go into teaching! I have spoken [...]

Mathematical fiddle “things”

May 13th, 2017|3 - Shape, Blog, From the Coal Face, NEW GCSE 9-1, Resources|

Ever since I watched the above clip from Vi Hart I’ve been fascinated with flexagons and so one night this week I made my very own trihexaflexagon. It was after I’d marked a test for one of my classes and even though we’ve spent lessons and lessons on circles there [...]

GCSE Maths: Preparing for your exam

May 10th, 2017|AQA, Blog, Edexcel|

For the last couple of years Graham (Cumming .. of course!) has been sending out some additional reminders for both students and teachers a few weeks before the exams. This year has been no different and he has kindly given me permission to share on here too (to which I've added [...]

A little every day – MAY 2017

May 1st, 2017|Blog, Resources|

Here you go … Monthly Maths - MAY 2017  calendar. The original post containing the sheet for April 2017 can be found here and the Solutions (for April 2017) are available here – > Monthly Maths - APRIL 2017 - SOLUTIONS

April 2017

GCSE 9-1 New content – Product rule for counting

April 29th, 2017|1 - Number, Blog, Resources, Teaching|

I’ve been thinking about some of the new content in the GCSE and wanted to delve a bit deeper into some of the topics – not only to make sure that my understanding of the “learning objectives” are correct but if I’m honest I also think I have a hang [...]

Dual entry ?

April 26th, 2017|AQA, Blog, DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

Back in December 2015 the DFE published a document ->  GCSE_Early_Entry_Guidance that clarified some rules about "early entry" - you may remember when new early entry rules for key stage 4 qualifications were announced on September 29 2013 (I remember it well!) that only a pupil’s first entry to a key stage 4 qualification [...]