As you are likely aware, from September 2017, all exam boards will be adopting the new A Level for Maths and Further Mathematics. For those doing single Mathematics, across the two years, students will have three exam papers: Pure Mathematics 1, Pure Mathematics 2 and Statistics & Mechanics. My school will not be doing the AS, and thus all papers are taken at the end of Year 13.
My school will be using Edexcel. For Further Maths, we will be doing the full normal maths A Level within the first year, thus covering Pure 1, Pure 2 and Statistics/Mechanics. We have not yet decided on exact combinations of options for Further Mathematicians in Year 13, but this will likely feature combinations of FP3, Further Statistics and Further Mechanics (although FP4 and Further Advanced Mechanics may be thrown in the mix depending on number of classes and student demand).
For Single Maths, there will be two teachers teaching each Year 12 A Level class. One will teach the 'Year 1' portion of Statistics in full followed by half of the Pure 1 chapters. There other teacher will start with Pure 1 followed by the 'Year 1' portion of the Mechanics. The chapters of Pure 1 have been carefully divided to allow this parallel teaching: (the table below is provisional)
|3||Equations and inequalities||S|
|4||Graphs & Transformations||S|
|5||Coord Geometry in x-y plane||M|
|10||Trig Identities & Eqns||M|
|14||Exponentials & Logs||S|
We will be planning the second year once we receive copies of Pearson's Year 2 textbooks.
Over the summer holiday 2017, I will be producing resources (slides/worksheets) for Pure Mathematics 1, Pure Mathematics 2 and Statistics (sadly not Mechanics yet). The P1 and Statistics resources will be available from September, with the P2 resources available shortly after. There will be appropriate tabs on this page once the resources are produced.
The resources will largely be produced from scratch, using past paper exam examples (where there is overlap with the old syllabus), some prompting from Pearson's new textbook, and my own questions. I will also be looking how I can integrate extension material into exercises, such as MAT and STEP questions. I hope, time permitting, to also have a supply of questions for each chapter on my new homework platform (launching late April 2017).
Below is an interactive calculator guide I have produced for the new Casio FX991-EX. My school will likely be stocking these calculators in their shop and students encouraged to purchase them. The new A Level requires reverse Normal table and Binomial CDF lookups (without use of provided printed tables in the exam) and the existing Casio 'Silver Calculator' (FX991-ES) does not offer this functionality.
Explains all the keys and modes of the Casio FX991EX-ClassWiz. Covers integration, differentiation, summations, changing bases, solving polynomials, solving quadratics, solving simultaneous equations, matrix operations, vector operations, spreadsheet mode, statistical functions, distribution calculations and complex number operations.