Level 5 Teaching Functional Skills Mathematics – Session 1

Starting Points


This session will introduce you to the course structure and content.  It also sets the scene for the rest of the course by exploring what it means for practitioners to work with learners (16-18s, adults) who have not studied mathematics for some time and/or have other barriers to learning mathematics.

Session Outcomes

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Understand the contents and structure of the course you teach
  • Self-evaluate your Functional Skills mathematical knowledge and pedagogical understanding.
  • Understand some of the issues raised by learners studying Functional Skills Mathematics
  • Analyse factors that might have disengaged learners from mathematics previously
  • Get to know your trainer and peers on this course.

Session 1 PowerPoint slides

Here are the presentation slides for this session.

Session Padlet

Here is the Padlet for this session. Please refer to the first column ‘Webinar 1’ to access all of the resources, documents and links for this session.

Post Session tasks to finish off this section

  1. Complete the reflective diary for session 1. Be clear about your goals from today’s content and apply any new strategies with your learners
  2. Please ensure you have completed all of the pre-course activities
  3. Go through all of the Padlet/slides for this session and make sure you have fully understood all of the content
  4. Read the Zoom saved text chat (this will be emailed to you by the trainer) and make a note of any shared links, prompts or guidance offered by the trainer and other participants.
  5. Visit Youcubed website and make any additional notes: https://www.youcubed.org/resource/growth-mindset/
  6. Visit ‘Setting up Positive Norms in Maths Class’ and make any additional notes: https://bhi61nm2cr3mkdgk1dtaov18-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Norms-Paper-2015.pdf

Activities to prepare before the next session (pre-webinar tasks for session 2)

  1. Explore the Top Trumps activity and try them out with your learners. Be prepared to feedback at the start of the next webinar.
    Download the Top Trumps Cards
    Download the Top Trumps Activity Sheet
  2. Watch the video ‘Why do I need to Learn Maths?’ and answer the post-video questions.
    Download the post-video questions document