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Teaching Functional Maths

I have included a range of possible projects which you might like to adapt or use:  Click here

Developing financial capability

NatWest bank alongside the Personal Finance Education Group (Pfeg) have put together the materials for an Enterprise day - Click here to download

Pfeg have put together the My Money Mathematics resource
Teacher Handbook - Click here       Resources Guide - Click here      Resource Sheets - Click here

We also have the My Money Teacher’s Handbooks for Maths - Click here   and for PSHE - Click here

If you are looking for additional resources from Pfeg - Click here

Credit Cards & Mortgages - This spreadsheet allows you to experiment with different scenarios when dealing with credit cards and mortgages (There are two sheets) by changing the loan and interest rates and investigating the effect this has on the loan period and interest paid.  

Nuffield Citizenship

There are a number of areas of maths which make a valuable contribution to Citizenship. Numerical relationships are at the heart of Citizenship because they help to explain many of the issues which interest students. This group of lessons, which has been developed for maths teachers by maths teachers, looks at dealing with data, solving numerical problems, percentages and a range of other concepts and tools.

The lessons are in the context of topics including food miles, tax payers and the make up of UK population, all prime areas for the use of maths as it helps students to understand what’s going on. Click here

Nuffield Financial Management

A wide range of Starter Activities, Assignments and Skill Sheets

Foundation Level (GCSE D-G)

Making Sense of Money
Managing Money

Foundation Level (GCSE A*-C)
Calculating Finances

Economic Citizen shows how to prepare budget, outlines loans, and how to compare between offers. Teachers' notes and pupils' worksheets on buying a car and credit rating.  This is a 106 page pdf document which explores a range of business issues. 

Modelling Demand and Supply Forces in the Market Place

There are a lot of games which simulate market demand and supply, but this is the only one I know of that achieves this in a way that will satisfy paper & pencil purists - Click here

Bowland Case Studies

Explorers: The 2nd task in the Explorers case study presents a simple trading scenario
Water Availability: Students need to determine which country requires water aid.
Reducing Road Accidents: Students need to decide how to spend a £10,000 budget on Road Safety measures
Outbreak: Requires students to decide how to spend their budget on vaccinating a population to prevent an outbreak of a disease.
Highway Link Design: Students have to optimise the cost of building a bypass

These materials can be accessed online here

Her Majesty’s Treasury, the Inland Revenue and Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise
The Red Box is an interactive citizenship website from Her Majesty’s Treasury, the Inland Revenue and Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise for 7- to 16-year-olds.
Through playing games and answering questions, students learn about tax and public spending. The site also contains background information, worksheets and lesson plans for teachers. The latest version of the Shockwave plug-in is required to access this website.

Mathematical Mistakes
A site dedicated to the listing of mathematical mistakes made over and over by advertisers, the media, reporters, politicians, activists, and in general many non-math people.

Additional Materials

Functional Skills Progression - Click here
Functional Skills - Revision Booklet
AQA Materials Level 1 and Level 2 – Click here
OCR Activity Bank – Click here
Axis Education Skills Builder Series of Activities - Click here
Study Plus Handbook with Functional Maths Ideas - Click here
Large selection of Free Functional Skills and Skills for Life resources from Entry Level 1 up to Level 2 with supporting materials -
Click here

SCAFFOLDING WORDY GCSE Questions to Support Students

QWC (Quality of Written Communication)

Boxing Up - Great article on tackling the QWC (Quality of Written Communication) questions - Click here                
PowerPoint with example problems - IMCA Version          [Information - Maths - Calculation - Answers]
Original Boxing Up - PowerPoint            Completed Example             

GCSE questions - Zebedee Friedman

The idea is to take the complex exam question with no scaffolding and to warm them up by turning it into a 'mystery' on cards. After getting students to solve the problem on cards you can get them to analyse what they needed to know first in order to solve the larger problem. Later giving them these types of questions with less scaffolding over time.
This came from being asked to run revision alone for 55 linear higher paper C/D students in the school hall without any means to project or use of a board. Actually I did have a flip chart.... Beware you may find a couple of mistakes!
Mysteries: How Many Litres were Sold? - Click here Manchester to New York - Click here
  Weekly Milk - Click here Whales and Teapot - Click here
  Travelling - Click here Flights - Click here
  Exam Papers - Click here Weight of Blocks - Click here
  Tables and Chairs - Click here Problem for Pupils to Develop - Click here
Hints: Calculator Questions - Click here Algebra Questions - Click here
  June 2012 Exam Paper - Click here  

Scaffolding Problems – Support Document – Click here
Supporting Problem Solving in Algebraic Context - Click here    
The following problems can be downloaded from this drop box folder – Click here

The following PowerPoint presentations are the result of a collaboration between myself and Alex Cufflin who is an AST at Rawlins College in Loughborough.  The files present a GCSE question in 5 formats with the aim of helping pupils break questions down themselves and hence eliminating the need for the support in the longer term. 

1 star option is the easiest and 5 star the hardest.  1 star gives guidance and highlights key values, 2 star gives guidance, 3 star highlights, 4 star gives a few hints and 5 star gives very little help.

Task Title

Topic Context Tier

Click here to DOWNLOAD ALL THE FILES in a zipped folder (Select right click and save as)

Area 1 Area of Compound Rectangles Carpets F
Area 2 Area and Perimeter of Rectangles Chicken Coop F
Averages 1 Averages from Frequency tables Exam Results F

Percentage and Fraction of

Recycling F
FDPR 2 Percentage, Fraction & Ratio School Play F
Loci 1

From a point and From a line

Playground F
Simultaneous 1 Graphically Bus Hire F
Money 1 4 Rules Running a Car F
Money 2 4 Rules Gas Bill F
Money 3 4 Rules 5-a-day F
Money 4 Money & Simple Percentages Shoe Sale F
Reading Table 1 Two-Way Table A Night Out F
Reading Table 2 Two-Way Table Van Hire F
Reading Table 3 Two-Way Table Cost of Holiday F
Volume 1 Prism Swimming Pool F
Volume 2 Cylinder & Sphere Test Tube H
Formula 1 Time Cooking Time F
Logic 1 Two-Way Table Newspapers F
Probability 1 Sample Spaces Charity Game F
Bounds 1 Number Bounds Coffee Cup H
Percentage 1 Simple Percentage Holiday F
Percentage 2 Simple Percentage Buying Shirts F
Percentage 3 Compound Interest Savings H
Percentage 4 Simple Percentages Holiday Cost F

Functional Skills Starter Questions

Many thanks to a team of teachers from Brighton and Hove for the following PowerPoint presentations which are designed to be used as a Starter question to prepare pupils for less structured problems, the answer is provided as well as common mistakes to look out for.

These Starter Problems can be accessed from this dropbox folder:  Click here

Foundation Tier Click here to DOWNLOAD ALL THE Foundation FILES in a zipped folder (Select right click and save as)
Number Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Number 4 Number 5
  Number 6 Number 7 Number 8 Number 9 Number 10
  Number 11 Number 12 Number 13    
Algebra Algebra 1 Algebra 2 Algebra 3 Algebra 4 Algebra 5
  Algebra 6 Algebra 7      
Statistics Statistics 1 Statistics 2 Statistics 3 Statistics 4 Statistics 5
  Statistics 6 Statistics 7 Statistics 8 Statistics 9  


Foundation/Higher  Tier Click here to DOWNLOAD ALL THE F/H FILES in a zipped folder (Select right click and save as)
Number Number 1 Number 2 Number 3    
Algebra Algebra 1 Algebra 2      
Measures Measures 1        
Shape Shape 1 Shape 2      
Statistics Statistics 1        


Higher Tier Click here to DOWNLOAD ALL THE Higher FILES in a zipped folder (Select right click and save as)
Number Number 1 Number 2 Number 3    
Algebra Algebra 1 Algebra 2 Algebra 3 Algebra 4 Algebra 5
Statistics Statistics 1 Statistics 2 Statistics 3 Statistics 4 Statistics 5
  Statistics 6 Statistics 7 Statistics 8 Statistics 9  
  Statistics 10 Statistics 11 Statistics 12 Statistics 13  

These documents have lots of those give your reason type questions which can be so problematic - Click here