Level 5 Teaching Functional Skills Mathematics – Session 2

Functional Skills Mathematics Specifications / Keeping It Real


This session will introduce you to the new Functional Skills Mathematics specifications (2018) and begin the process of delivering them in practice.  The accreditation module attached to this programme will also be discussed in this session.

Session outcomes

By the end of this session, participants will be able to : 

  • Identify implications of the 2018 Functional Mathematics Subject Content (delivered from September 2019)
  • Clarify key differences between the 2010 legacy content and the new 2018 specifications
  • Identify links between maths and vocational or everyday tasks
  • Use Fermi questions to promote realistic approaches to Functional Maths
  • Understand the tasks and assessment criteria for the 15 credits at L5 (optional accreditation).

Session 2 PowerPoint slides

Here are the presentation slides for this session.

Session Padlet

Here is the Padlet for this session. Please refer to the second column ‘Webinar 2’ 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 2. Be clear about your goals from today’s content and apply any new strategies with your learners.
  2. Go through all of the Padlet/slides for this session and make sure you have fully understood all of the content.
  3. 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.
  4. Explore some of the ‘BBC Bitesize Maths at Work’ series of videos and consider how you could use them them with your learners:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6j47nb
  5. If you are thinking of registering onto the Ascentis L5 15 credit module ‘Teaching Functional Skills Maths’ familiarise yourself with all of the required assessment tasks in the handbook. Reflect on the first two sessions and start writing notes towards your assignments. Registration details are at the end of the first column on the padlet.

Activities to prepare before the next session (pre-webinar tasks for session 3)

  1. Go through the materials on ‘Using Multiplication’ and try them out with your learners.
  2. Watch the video https://youtu.be/lhxsNXpoCZ8 and complete the worksheet.
  3. Familiarise yourself with the subject content for whole numbers.
  4. Explore alternative strategies and try them out with your learners.
  5. Complete the quiz relating to alternative strategies.