Hints and Tips - 5 minute read
Ruth Wroe, OCR Maths Subject Advisor
If your students are mid-way through a Core Maths course, it’s important to set them activities that can maintain and build their mathematical skills.
Although it will be difficult to replicate the same level of interest and engagement of a discussion-based lesson while they are working from home, it’s still possible to provide interesting context-based resources where students can apply their skills.
It will also be fruitful to dedicate some time to consolidating learning by setting skills-based activities too. So, if you are looking for some inspiration for interesting core maths resources that you can use for independent learning, look no further.
You can sign up for free access to the Core Maths resources on the MEI integral learning platform. This site offers a comprehensive collection of lesson plans with associated student sheets and other materials. The resources include interactive home study materials and auto-marked assessments, to help with tracking and monitoring.
Once you have registered you can apply for their free individual student accounts, so they can then login to complete tests and you can track their progress.
The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP) have identified a number of websites where teachers can find core maths resources and they have some useful resources for students self-studying Core Maths.
They are also supporting teachers with a variety of online CPD provision through to July, such as the Core Maths Online Festival.
Catherine Van Saarloos - Core Maths Professional Development Lead for AMSP, has created a teaching padlet where she has curated a large list of Core Maths resources. It also includes useful links to a wide range of online support, including articles, quizzes, videos, radio programmes, books and events, plus a reminder to follow #coremaths on Twitter for useful updates.
Amongst the many resources flagged by Catherine, the following are worth a mention.
For skills-based lessons, a wealth of free materials and videos are available from Dr Frost Maths and Corbett Maths, reinforcing the underpinning GCSE skills that are applied in core maths.
We have published free teaching resources for each of our Core Maths qualifications that you can download from the respective qualification pages.
Select ‘planning and teaching’ from the menu on the left to access teaching resources including:
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. We’ll also be regularly posting links to a variety of online resources in the coming weeks, so do follow us @OCR_Maths.
If you have any queries or questions, you may also find the answer in our FAQs or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on 01223 553998.
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Ruth has worked in the OCR Maths team since 2014. Before joining OCR, Ruth taught maths in the UK, New Zealand, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar. Ruth worked on the development of the reformed A Level Maths qualifications for first teaching in 2017 and she is responsible for the support and promotion of OCR Core Maths qualifications.