M4 Magazine


M4 Magazine is a collection of mathematics teaching and learning ideas, resources and activities compiled by MEI for use by teachers and other colleagues in education. From September 2015 the magazine will be published every half term.

 

May/June 2016 M4 Magazine

In this half-term’s issue

In this issue we look at the upcoming changes to AS/A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and the support offered by MEI, the FMSP and the awarding organisations.
We take a particular focus on the applied content of the 2017 A level (Statistics and Mechanics).

Dr Hugh Hunt, guest writer for M4 magazine, writes about linear A levels and making connections between different subject disciplines in his article ‘Joined-up thinking builds bridges’.

Jo Sibley, of the  Further Mathematics Support Programme, takes us Site Seeing in this issue, exploring resources for interpreting and using data to investigate questions arising in real contexts.

You'll also find curriculum updates on resits for GCSE and the current A level in Mathematics; Ofqual research into level of demand of new A level Mathematics qualifications; A level Mathematics for teaching from September 2017; Ofqual consultation on award of grades 8 and 9 at GCSE, and Ofqual’s work on a National Reference Test.

M4 magazine

 

Teaching and Learning Resources

This issue’s teaching and learning resource is developed by Carol Knights, MEI Extension and Enrichment Coordinator.

The GCSE/A level classroom resource looks at forces, particularly gravity.
This content will be compulsory in the new Mathematics A level, and is currently studied within A level Mechanics modules.
In GCSE Mathematics, students don’t need to know about gravity and other forces, however, in GCSE Science, they do.
In GCSE Science, students also learn about Newton’s laws and the equations of constant acceleration, so using them in maths may help students connect their learning in different subjects.
The activities simply require the use of familiar and unfamiliar equations, so should be accessible to both GCSE and A level students, and provide opportunities for practising efficient calculator use as well as consolidating understanding of algebraic rules.

The PowerPoint file can be downloaded below:

Forces


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Previous editions

 

March/April 2016

Marh/April M4 magazine

Teaching and Learning Resources
Modelling in Mathematics

 

January/February 2016

January/February 2016 M4 (MEI Monthly Maths Magazine)

Teaching and Learning Resources
Problem Solving and Assessment

 

November/December 2015

November/December 2015 M4 (MEI Monthly Maths Magazine)

Teaching and Learning Resources
Maths and Art

 

September/October 2015

September 2015 M4 (MEI Monthly Maths Magazine)

Teaching and Learning Resources
Kinematics
Distance and Displacement Graphs
Displacement and Velocity Graphs

Crash course September/October problems - Solutions


July 2015

July 2015 M4 (MEI Monthly Maths Magazine)

Teaching and Learning Resources

Summer Challenge


June 2015

June 2015 M4 (MEI Monthly Maths Magazine)

Key Stage 4 Teaching and Learning Resources:
Plotting Data (PowerPoint)
Blank Ternary Plot
Logarithmic Paper

Crash course June problem – solution


April 2015

April-May 2015 M4 (MEI Monthly Maths Magazine)

Key Stage 4 Teaching and Learning Resources:
What do you see?

Crash course April-May problem – solution

 

March 2015

March 2015 M4 (MEI Monthly Maths Magazine)

Key Stage 4 Teaching and Learning Resources:
Representing Florence Nightingale
Polar Diagrams

Core Maths teaching and learning Resources:
The Parable of the Polygons
Using Game Theory to investigate segregation in society

Crash course March problem – solution

Archived Monthly Maths

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