Maths and Statistics

Qualification news | 12 May 2020

COVID-19 support: free online GCSE Maths lessons

As we continue to support maths teaching and learning during COVID-19, we’re launching a brand-new series of free online GCSE Maths lessons that will be going live on the Pearson UK Learning YouTube channel from 12 May 2020. 

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To help all GCSE-level students continue to engage with maths learning, our lessons have been designed in collaboration with LGfL (London Grid for Learning) to fully focus on building key problem-solving and reasoning skills and bringing maths to life in new ways. Not only will the lessons be live and interactive, but also grounded in using maths to explore and solve real-life problems. 

The 45-minute online lessons are open to individual students and classes alike and will be hosted by our maths team and subject expert, Grahame Smart. There’ll be one Year 10 lesson and one Year 11 lesson each week to choose from: both focus on problem-solving and reasoning but are tailored to the different stages of maths learning. 

Our online lessons will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, and the timetable is as follows:

These will focus on applying maths to real-word scenarios such as creating an impressive arena space for a large-scale music or sporting event or helping rescue passengers from a stranded vessel. 

Date Time (GMT)   Lesson After the lesson, students should be able to...
Tuesday 12 May 11:00–11:45 am

Areas and perimeters of simple and compound shapes


We’ll be exploring how using areas and perimeters of simple and compound shapes can help with planning out a stage or arena for your large-scale event.

 

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- Convert between units of measure within one system, including time and metric units to metric units of length, area
 

- Find the perimeter of rectangles; parallelograms and trapezia; compound shapes
 

- Recall and use the formulae for the area of a rectangle
 

- Find the area of a trapezium and recall the formula
 

- Find the area of a parallelogram
 

- Calculate areas and perimeters of compound shapes made from rectangles.

Tuesday 19 May 11:00–11:45 am

Volume of cubes, cuboids and right prisms


We’ll be exploring how using volumes of cubes, cuboids and right prisms will help you to plan out a stage or arena for your large-scale event.

 

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- Recall and use the formulae for the area of a triangle
 

- Calculate volumes of right prisms and shapes made from cubes and cuboids
 

Tuesday 26 May 11:00–11:45 am

Surface areas of cuboids and prisms


We’ll be exploring how calculating surface areas and performance areas of cuboids and prisms can help you ensure that a stage or arena space can work best for your large-scale event.

 

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- Sketch nets of cuboids and prisms


- Find the surface area of a prism


- Find surface area using rectangles and triangles
 

Tuesday 2 June 11:00–11:45 am

Circumferences and areas of circles and volumes and surface areas of cylinders


We’ll be exploring how using cylinders and other 3D shapes can help with creating spectacular stage sets for your large-scale event.

 

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- Recall and use formulae for the circumference of a circle and the area enclosed by a circle circumference of a circle = 2πr = πd, area of a circle = πr^2


- Use π ≈ 3.142 or use the π button on a calculator


- Give an answer to a question involving the circumference or area of a circle in terms of π


- Find the surface area and volume of a cylinder

Tuesday 9 June 11:00–11:45 am

Plans and elevations


We’ll be exploring how to interpret and make accurate drawings of triangles and other 2D shapes as well as front and side elevations and plans to help you construct the arena for your large-scale event quickly and accurately. 

 

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- Draw sketches of 3D solids
 

- Understand and draw front and side elevations and plans of shapes made from simple solids
 

- Given the front and side elevations and the plan of a solid, draw a sketch of the 3D solid

Tuesday 16 June 11:00–11:45 am

Forming and solving linear equations


We’ll be exploring how forming and solving linear equations can help you to plan the security for your large-scale event. 

 

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- Write expressions and set up simple equations including forming an equation from a word problem


- Solve simple equations including those:
with integer coefficients, in which the unknown appears on either side or on both sides of the equation; with one unknown, with integer or fractional coefficients


- Solve angle or perimeter problems using algebra

Tuesday 23 June 11:00–11:45 am

Forming and solving linear inequalities


We’ll be exploring how forming and solving linear inequalities will help you make sure your set is not too large for the arena at your large-scale event. 

 

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- Solve an inequality such as −3 < 2x +1 < 7 and show the solution set on a number line
 

- Solve two inequalities in x, find the solution sets and compare them to see which value of x
 

- Use the correct notation to show inclusive and exclusive inequalities
 

- Construct inequalities to represent a set shown on a number line

Tuesday 30 June 11:00–11:45 am

Forming and solving quadratic equations


We’ll be exploring how forming and solving quadratic equations can help you design the best stage for your large-scale event.

 

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- Multiply together two algebraic expressions with brackets


- Square a linear expression, e.g. (x + 1)^2


- Factorise quadratic expressions of the form
x^2 + bx + c


- Solve quadratic equations by factorising

Tuesday 7 July 11:00–11:45 am

Pythagoras’ Theorem in 2D


We’ll be exploring how you can use Pythagoras’ Theorem to quickly, carefully and accurately find the shortest distance to help rescue a stranded vessel.

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- Understand, recall and use Pythagoras’ Theorem in 2D, including leaving answers in surd form and being able to justify if a triangle is right-angled or not
Tuesday 14 July 11:00–11:45 am

Trigonometric ratios in 2D


We’ll be exploring how you can use the learning from the lesson above and trigonometric ratios to find the ship’s bearing and save the stranded vessel.

 

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- Understand, use and recall the trigonometric ratios sine, cosine and tan, and apply them to find angles and lengths in general triangles in 2D figures


- Use the trigonometric ratios to solve 2D problems including angles of elevation and depression
 

Tuesday 21 July 11:00–11:45 am

Substitution, forming and solving linear equations and simultaneous equations


We’ll be exploring how using substitution, forming linear equations and simultaneous equations and solving them can help you ensure there’s the right number of lifeboats for passengers on the stranded vessel.

 

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- Write expressions and set up simple equations including forming an equation from a word problem


- Solve simple equations including those:
with integer coefficients, in which the unknown appears on either side or on both sides of the equation; with one unknown, with integer or fractional coefficients;


- Write simultaneous equations to represent a situation


- Solve simultaneous equations (linear/linear) algebraically and graphically


- Solve simultaneous equations representing a real-life situation, graphically and algebraically, and interpret the solution in the context of the problem
 

Tuesday 28 July 11:00–11:45 am

Speed, distance and time and converting units


We’ll be exploring how you can use speed, distance and time calculations to work out how long it will take to rescue passengers on the stranded vessel. 

 

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- Calculate average speed, distance, time – in miles per hour as well as metric measures


- Change d/t in m/s to a formula in km/h, i.e. d/t × (60 × 60)/1000 – with support
 

These will focus on applying maths to real-word scenarios such as planning a round-the-world trip, choosing a smartphone to buy or exploring digital wellbeing and screen time. 

Date Time (GMT)   Lesson After the lesson, students should be able to...
Thursday 14 May 11:00–11:45 am

Co-ordinates, mid-points of a line, and column vectors

We’ll be exploring how co-ordinates, mid-points of a line, and column vectors can help you plan a round-the-world trip.  

 

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- Identify points with given coordinates and coordinates of a given point in all four quadrants


- Find the coordinates of points identified by geometrical information in 2D (all four quadrants)


- Find the coordinates of the midpoint of a line segment

- Read values from straight-line graphs for real-life situations


- Understand and use column notation in relation to vectors


- Be able to represent information graphically given column vectors


- Calculate using column vectors, and represent graphically, the sum of two vectors, the difference of two vectors and a scalar multiple of a vector

Thursday 21 May 11:00–11:45 am

Column vectors and Pythagoras’ Theorem

We’ll be exploring how column vectors and Pythagoras’ Theorem can help you with planning a round-the-world trip. 

 

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- Calculate the length of a line segment AB given pairs of points


- Use the trigonometric ratios to solve 2D problems


- Calculate the length of hypotenuse from a column vector

Thursday 28 May 11:00–11:45 am

Collecting data, cumulative frequency

We’ll be exploring how collecting and using data and cumulative frequency can help you dig deeper into average screen times. 

 

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- Specify the problem and plan:
decide what data to collect and what analysis is needed


- Construct and interpret cumulative frequency tables, cumulative frequency graphs/diagrams and from the graph: estimate frequency greater/less than a given value; find the median and quartile values and interquartile range

Thursday 4 June 11:00–11:45 am

Comparing data, box plots

Explore how using box plots and comparing data from students can help you dig deeper into average screen times.

 

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- Compare the mean and range of two distributions, or median and interquartile range, as appropriate
 

- Interpret box plots to find median, quartiles, range and interquartile range and draw conclusions


- Produce box plots from raw data and when given quartiles, median and identify any outliers

Thursday 11 June 11:00–11:45 am

Smartphone Challenge – using data to make real life decisions

We’ll be exploring how maths can help you choose which phone to buy and why.

 

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- Interpret and discuss any data (from tables, charts and graphs)


- Solve word problems involving direct and inverse proportion


- Understand inverse proportion: as x increases, y decreases (inverse graphs done in later unit)
 

Thursday 18 June 11:00–11:45 am

Using maths for team success

We’ll be exploring how experimental probability can help you pick your best team.

 

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- Interpret and discuss any data (from tables, charts and graphs)


- Find the probability of an event happening using relative frequency

 

Thursday 25 June 11:00–11:45 am

Stock Market Challenge (part 1)

Explore how you can apply your knowledge of percentages increases and decreases to share prices. 

 

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- Calculate percentage profit or loss


- Make calculations involving repeated percentage change, not using the formula


- Use compound interest

Thursday 2 July 11:00–11:45 am

Stock Market Challenge (part 2)

We’ll be exploring how you can apply your knowledge of percentages increases and decreases to share prices. 

 

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- Calculate percentage profit or loss


- Make calculations involving repeated percentage change, not using the formula


- Use compound interest

Thursday 9 July 11:00–11:45 am

Using maths to crack the codes


We’ll be exploring how maths influences codes – from the most basic sequence to a sophisticated encryption.

 

 

- Substitute numbers into expressions involving brackets and powers


- Recognise odd, even and prime (two digit) numbers
 

- Find the LCM and HCF of two numbers, by listing, Venn diagrams and using prime factors: include finding LCM and HCF given the prime factorisation of two numbers


- Understand that the prime factor decomposition of a positive integer is unique – whichever factor pair you start with – and that every number can be written as a product of two factors


- Solve simple problems using HCF, LCM and prime numbers

Thursday 16 July 11:00–11:45 am

Lights. Camera. Action. – Areas and perimeters of simple and compound shapes

We’ll be exploring how using areas and perimeters of simple and compound shapes can help with planning out a stage or arena for your large-scale event. 

 

Watch this lesson


- Convert between units of measure within one system, including time and metric units to metric units of length, area
 

- Find the perimeter of rectangles; parallelograms and trapezia; compound shapes
 

- Recall and use the formulae for the area of a rectangle
 

- Find the area of a trapezium and recall the formula
 

- Find the area of a parallelogram
 

- Calculate areas and perimeters of compound shapes made from rectangles.

Thursday 23 July 11:00–11:45 am

Lights. Camera. Action. – Volumes of cubes, cuboids and right prisms 

We’ll be exploring how using volumes of cubes, cuboids and right prisms will help you to plan out a stage or arena for your large-scale event

 

 

- Recall and use the formulae for the area of a triangle
 

- Calculate volumes of right prisms and shapes made from cubes and cuboids

Thursday 30 July 11:00–11:45 am

Lights. Camera. Action. – Surface areas of cuboids and prisms

We’ll be exploring how calculating surface areas and performance areas of cuboids and prisms can help you ensure that a stage or arena space can work best for your large-scale event.

- Sketch nets of cuboids and prisms


- Find the surface area of a prism


- Find surface area using rectangles and triangles

Want to join the lessons or share them your class? 

To watch our lessons live, simply visit Pearson UK Learning on YouTube at 11 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you can't join the livestreams or want to share them afterwards, you'll find them all in our free online GCSE Maths lessons YouTube playlist

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FAQs

Everyone studying GCSE-level maths is welcome to join our lessons, whether you’re taking the course at school, college or remotely. The sessions are described as ‘Year 10’ or ‘Year 11’ just to highlight that they’re for different stages of learning – whether you’re partway through the course or close to completing it.   

While the online lessons have been developed as free qualification support by the Pearson Edexcel Maths Team in collaboration London Grid for Learning (LGfL), the content is not specific to any exam board so anyone studying GCSE Maths can join and learn about maths at work in the real world. 

LGfL (London Grid for Learning) is a community of schools and local authorities committed to using technology to enhance teaching & learning. Our Pearson Edexcel Maths Team have worked in collaboration with London Grid for Learning to develop their ‘Maths in the Real World’ content for use in these free online GCSE Maths lessons; the resource was shortlisted for a Bett Award in 2020.

The easiest way to watch the lessons is to visit Pearson UK Learning on YouTube to join the live streams or watch recordings of the sessions.

The online lessons are one of many excellent ways to motivate and engage students with GCSE-level maths while schools are closed due to COVID-19. While parents may find the lessons a useful way to include maths into their child(ren)’s studying, they should follow the advice of their child(ren)’s school. 

The sessions are described as ‘Year 10’ or ‘Year 11’ just to highlight that they’re for different stages of learning – whether you’re partway through the course or close to completing it.   

Some of the lessons are divided into multiple parts to ensure that there’s enough time to cover each concept and make the most of the 45-minute session without cramming in too much information. 

We’d love you to join all our lessons but if you can’t make a lesson when its being livestreamed, they’re being recorded and posted in our free online GCSE Maths lessons YouTube playlist so you can watch them at a time that best suits you. 

GCSE Maths lesson YouTube playlist

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