Ruth Wroe, OCR Maths Subject Advisor
This blog was originally published in May 2020 and has now been updated with additional resources and links.
As core maths is a relatively new qualification, it may not seem immediately obvious where to find resources. Whether you’re looking for practice exercises, interesting context-based lesson ideas, spreadsheet activities or tasks to recap prior learning, then this blog aims to provide a useful starting point.
The Core Maths Platform, hosted by the Advanced Maths Support Programme (AMSP), is a one-stop shop for specification-specific core maths resources. To gain free access, register your school or college with the AMSP.
The AMSP site offers a comprehensive collection of lesson plans with presentations and teacher notes, along with associated student sheets and other materials covering the full content of the specifications. There are schemes of work, interactive resources, getting started activities for topic recaps and introducing spreadsheet work. Once registered, individual student accounts can be set up to enable tracking and monitoring of auto-marked assessments.
The AMSP also supports teachers with a variety of online CPD provision throughout the academic year.
Mathematics Education Innovation (MEI) have a free library of searchable resources which includes their Integrating Mathematical Problem Solving (IMPS) resources and Maths and Climate Change resources (both are signposted from the AMSP resource page too). They also have critical maths resources for Core Maths A and video clips covering spreadsheets skills for working with the Core Maths B dataset (also available under LDS video resources).
There is a dedicated textbook for OCR Core Maths A and B (MEI) with worked examples, activities to introduce new topics and practice exercises. It was written in conjunction with the MEI team and covers all components from both specifications.
A teacher companion to the textbook, providing additional questions and worked solutions, is available from the tutor section of the Core Maths Platform for the Core Maths A and B specifications.
We have published free teaching resources on our secure Teach Cambridge website (talk with your exams officer about access) for each of our core maths qualifications that you can download from the ‘Teaching’ section of the Core Maths A and Core Maths B qualification pages.
Here you will find:
Selecting ‘Assessment’ from the left-hand menu takes you to:
If you have any other resources you’d like to share, tell us about them in the comment box below.
Ruth supports the Level 3 maths qualifications and has chief responsibility for Core Maths A and B. She joined the maths team in 2014, working on the development of A Level Maths. Previously, Ruth taught maths in the UK, New Zealand, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar. Outside of work she enjoys travelling, live music, real ale and dog walking.