**1. Scheme of work and resources**

When preparing schemes of work, schools have had to look very carefully at timings to make sure they can fit all of the A level content into the two year time frame (I blogged about this here). At my school we took the estimated hours from Edexcel's scheme of work as a starting point and cut everything by around a third - it just about works, though our teaching will be rather rushed.

My school's new A level scheme of work looks very similar to our GCSE scheme of work, with a front page showing an approximate timeline and then a more detailed page for each topic showing the specification and resources. We won't have any student textbooks so links to resources are vital. I've blogged about A level resources before and many of these are still useful for the new A level. There are a few gaps for new topics but we'll have to cross that bridge when we come to it.

From Pearson Textbook Pure AS (spot the typo!) |

Many schools are planning to teach the pure content first and leave the applied content until later in the year. When we come to the applied content, it will be useful to refer to Edexcel's Teaching Guide for Mechanics and Teaching Guide for Statistics.

**2. First lesson**

I've created a PowerPoint for my first lesson with Year 12 which you're very welcome to borrow and adapt. It includes course information, some introductory algebra activities (from Don Steward, Susan Whitehouse and Underground Maths), and the entry assessment I blogged about here.

First lesson activity from Susan Whitehouse |

**3. Student blog**

At my previous school I was a Key Stage 5 Coordinator and really enjoyed running a simple blog for Sixth Form students. I hope to do this again this year. I've set one up at glynmaths.blogspot.co.uk and will use it to share information and exercises with students. As they won't have textbooks, it's important that I make sure they have access to plenty of independent study material throughout the course.

**4. Student handbook and checklist**

Our Sixth Form students are required to keep a course handbook or specification in their folder for every subject. This year I have updated our handbook for the new A level, including the topic checklist at the back. If you'd like to borrow and adapt this, there's a Word version here.

A great 'head's up' on the fractional inequalities, thank you.(Shame the Pearson textbook had a typo on the first line - threw me! 6/x > 2 not 6/x >x). Love the first lesson and sixth form handbook, off to Tesco's to source that calculator : )

ReplyDeleteThank you! I didn't spot that typo but have now added a note above! This is the problem with first editions... I'll ask Adam Creen to add it to his list of corrections: http://adamcreen.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/pearson-textbook-corrections.html.

DeleteI got my calculator on Ebay for about £20. It came from India in a week.

ReplyDeleteThanks for this Jo,the first lesson powerpoint has saved me a lot of time!

ReplyDeleteHas your school decided on a route for the new Further maths A level? I'm finding it difficult to choose a route and stick to it !

Hi. I'm not teaching further this year. My colleague have gone for a further mechanics and statistics route. I guess it depends on the expertise and preference of your further maths teachers...?

DeleteThank you Jo, As a new coordinator your blog is tremendously helpful to plan. Thank you.

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