25 December 2017

Casio Calculator Pricing

The idea for this all started in June 2017. With new calculators for A Level and much parental confusion about what Year 7 students should be buying, I asked:

So here it is!

These are the current UK prices for the 3 newest models of Casio calculator for schools.
You will find cheaper prices on eBay and Amazon for some products, but they may be from overseas, not contain UK manuals, or be programmed in a different language. Bulk orders may incur customs duty.

Thanks to Graham Cumming of Edexcel for the extra publicity. If you teach Edexcel Maths qualifications and don't already get his support (emails, access to Emporium etc) then contact him on mathsemporium@pearson.com.

Let me know if you see any cheaper deals: email adamcreen@hotmail.com or tweet @adamcreen

Last update: 9th December

Casio fx-83/85GT+
For Years 7 to 11

This calculator is the best one to buy for GCSE

It is not suitable for A Level even if the pack says so
The fx-85 is the solar model, but always buy whichever is cheapest, solar or not makes no difference
May be available in black, pink, blue and white, but STILL buy whichever is cheapest!

  • Wilko: £8.50 - High Street Best Buy
  • Tesco & Tesco Direct: £9.99
  • Argos: £9.99
  • Staples: £11.39
  • Sainsburys: £12.00
  • Asda: £12.00
  • WH Smith: £12.49
  • Ryman: £12.99

School Suppliers (ex VAT/inc VAT) - discounts for bulk orders:

Casio fx-991EX Classwiz
for A Level

This calculator is the best one to buy for A Level

It is also allowed for all GCSE exams (except the non-calculator paper!) but is a lot more expensive than the FX83/85
90 day free emulator offer: https://edu.casio.com/products/classroom/classwiz/

  • Tesco & Tesco Direct: £25.00 - Best Buy
  • Argos: £28.99
  • Ryman: £29.99
  • WHSmith: £34.99
  • Staples: £35.99
School Suppliers (ex VAT/inc VAT) - discounts for bulk orders:

Casio fx-CG50 graphic calculator

This is not a requirement for any GCSE or A Level course

1 year free emulator offer: https://education.casio.co.uk/1-year-emulator-licence-offer/


  • Staples: £113.99 - Best Buy
  • Tesco Direct: £125.00
  • Ryman: £129.99
School Suppliers (ex VAT/inc VAT) - discounts for bulk orders:

14 December 2017

14th December 2017

If you still haven't picked out what you are wearing for your Christmas lunch, and you think a onesie is a bit too casual ... you could get matching suits for your family!

15th December 2017

Friday beats, and here's a classic supergroup of the 80s - with members from New Order, The Smiths AND Pet Shop Boys. This was the first cassette single (or 'cassingle') I ever bought. An amazing track.

12 December 2017

12th December 2017

Woking seemed to be the only place for miles around that didn't get any snow. So to cheer us up, here's a picture from 2010 of a Woking snowman. He's so happy sitting on the wall!

11th December 2017

Sorry this one is late. Old friends of the Advent Calendar know there's always one Monday morning that doesn't make it!

We have done all our CHristmas shopping, but were a bit stuck on what to buy Sarah's dad John. We know he loves Suduko, but they can get a bit samey, so imagine our delight when we found a new version in the pages of Viz. We hope it'll keep him entertained!

13th December 2017

December 13th is the feast of St Lucy, or Santa Lucia as she is known in Europe. Her story involves her bringing light to the people hiding in the Roman catacombs, and especially in Scandinavia, she represents light in the long dark winters. A procession of maidens wearing wreaths with candles in proceeds through the church while the Santa Lucia song is sung.

At our Christmas Party last year our friend Tim won the Santa quiz so had the prize of dressing up in a Santa Lucia costume. What a good sport!

10 December 2017

10th December 2017

In an time of creeping secularisation, we mustn't forget the traditions of yesteryear. For example, I am shocked that Marks & Spencers no longer call these "Christmas Whips". Who can forget in the 1970s our parents hiding Christmas Whips all round the garden on the Second Sunday in Advent and then we had to go and hunt for them in the snow?

No, of course not, just a bit of nonsense! Seeing this little fella on our shopping trip yesterday was a bit more nostalgic...

9 December 2017

9th December 2017

Last night we made the mistake of watching For Your Eyes Only, possibly the worst Bond film ever. Apart from a stellar cheesy theme song, everything about the film is unlikeable. And Roger Moore is old, creepy, and definitely should have been moving on to his post-Bond "ironic guest star" phase by then.

Which just goes to show that this piano book's title isn't necessarily true ...

Another person who didn't find the role easy to play was Adam's favourite Bond, George Lazenby. Australian by birth, his performance in "On His Majesty's Secret Service" divided fans, and he never starred in a Hollywood movie again. After filming he said, "Bond is a brute ... I've already put him behind me. I will never play him again. Peace – that's the message now."

Here's a fan art drawing of Lazenby by Jeff York, who has drawn all the Bonds at http://theestablishingshot.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/the-best-of-bond-you-dont-know.html

And here he is with his own waxwork, at the typically low-rent Madame Tussaud's in Hollywood.

8 December 2017

8th December 2017

Hope this gives you a Friday feeling. "Merry Christmas ... I wrapped it up and sent it."

And bonus beats, here's JB from JLS wishing you a Merry Christmas:

7 December 2017

7th December 2017

Our neighbours seem to be getting caught up in one of those "Deck The Halls" competitions starring Matthew Broderick and Danny de Vito, trying to out-do each other with garish Christmas lights covering their houses.
They pale into obscurity, however next to Tate Britain.

The art gallery in London is embellishing its fa├žade with a garish display of Christmas lights,  including a selection of LED Santas, reindeer, snowmen and Christmas trees, along with ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Santa Stop Here’ signs.
The artist Alan Kane calls it "Home for Christmas" and it is instead of the Tate's usual Christmas tree. The neo-classical frontage of the building was designed by the architect Sidney RJ Smith 120 years ago, and has never looked better!

6 December 2017

6th December 2017

You've had to put up with 2 photos of Adam so far, so here's one of Sarah holding her advent calendar - every day has a proper sized sweet, and there are 4 bags of M&Ms! So much better than those Malteser advent calendars that don't have any Maltesers in.

5 December 2017

5th December 2017

Welcome back to Lou, an old friend of the Advent Calendar, who is today sharing one of her crafty crafts:

"Ta da! Made by my own fair hand IN THE RAIN this afternoon. It’s not terribly artistic but hey, it was free! What they don’t mention in Country Living magazine is that you will impale yourself on brambles when you’re collecting bits of fir tree from the driveway which you share with your celebrity neighbour, and that you will spend 20 minutes trying to quietly extricate yourself."

Lou has a gorgeous house in South Wales and all her decor is the creme de la creme. Thanks for sharing!