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KS3 Maths text books

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by soux, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. We have been using Maths Connect which is now going out of print and we must now choose a new scheme. Inspection copies are difficult to come by as we are not in the UK.
    I am looking for scheme which takes into account the needs of the students whose first language is not English and also supports the non specialist maths teacher.
    If you are happy with your KS3 choice please recommend it or if you have
    comments about the options below I would really appreciate the input.CAMBRIDGE ESSENTIALS (Canb Univ Press)
    NEW MATHS FRAMEWORKING (Collins)
    LEVEL UP MATHS (Pearson)

    thanks for your time

     
  2. We have been using Maths Connect which is now going out of print and we must now choose a new scheme. Inspection copies are difficult to come by as we are not in the UK.
    I am looking for scheme which takes into account the needs of the students whose first language is not English and also supports the non specialist maths teacher.
    If you are happy with your KS3 choice please recommend it or if you have
    comments about the options below I would really appreciate the input.CAMBRIDGE ESSENTIALS (Canb Univ Press)
    NEW MATHS FRAMEWORKING (Collins)
    LEVEL UP MATHS (Pearson)

    thanks for your time

     
  3. DM

    DM New commenter

    On 5th September, there will be a new National Curriculum and this will result in new textbooks. Could you not manage with the scheme you have for another year?
     
  4. trinity0097

    trinity0097 New commenter

    I've used the Frameworking books and hated them, but I'm a Maths specialist - to a non specialist they might be useful. However I found that there aren't enough opportunities for pupils to practice skills before applying them in a different situation.
     


  5. Thanks
    I have read some positive things about Framework as well, we are getting an inspection copy and we always supplement from MEP or elswhere.
    I have always found that the book 7 in a scheme looks great and by the time you get to book 9 its turned into twaddle but by then they have got you.
     


  6. Thanks you have a very good point.
    We don't have too follow the national curriculum but we do as the books are good and there are always more resources available for the UK curriculum. Our students buy new text books every year and now we don't have enough in stock for the year 7's, so muddling through will be difficult.
    Perhaps I should look at the Scottish curriculum maybe its not changing we used a KS4 book in the past Maths in Action and that was very good.
     
  7. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Occasional commenter

    You mention supplementing with MEP, have you considered the MEP books themselves? The wealth of supporting material, notes and key teaching points makes them pretty useful for new and non-specialist teachers. They're quite old now but if you don't need to follow the curriculum to the letter then that shouldn't bother you overly.
     
  8. September

    September New commenter

    Level up Maths is great for a selection of levelled questions.
    The "Essential Skills in Maths" books are great for drill. They are very plain, no fancy pictures and very useful. They are great for students to work from at home also.
    Also it is cheaper to purchase the homework books for any series and then purchase the textbooks for the teachers.
     
  9. We have level up books although these are not the only books we use. They are good as you can get them from level 1 up to level 8 and they can be used for any year group as they are based on levels rather than year groups. They have some nice functional or real life pages and the level 6-8 has a selection of enrichment topics in it.
    In terms of the questions themselves, I occasionally find that there are not enough straight forward questions before they start putting twists' on the questions. I do like most of the 'twists' though.
    There are also accompanying homework books if you wanted to link the homework to the book used in lessons.
     
  10. DM

    DM New commenter

    I'm facepalming on behalf of the publishers of Level Up.
     

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