Level 5 Teaching Functional Skills Mathematics – Session 3

Number Skill and Number Sense


This session will introduce you to the presentation requirements of this course and a range of ideas and strategies to embed more number-related work into your Functional Mathematics teaching.

Session outcomes

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

  • Outline the presentation requirements for session 10 of this course
  • Examine the place of whole numbers in the new Functional Skills Subject Content specifications
  • Analyse concepts of ‘number sense’ and relational understanding
  • Compare and contrast different methods of calculation and the links between them.

Session 3 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 3’ 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 3. 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 further ideas and resources with your learners related to today’s session:
  5. Tarsia Formulator: http://www.mmisoft.com/index.php/products/tarsia

    Maths4Life Number: http://www.nrdc.org.uk/?p=163

    Bestimation: http://www.nrdc.org.uk/?p=163

    Fluency without fear: https://www.youcubed.org/fluency-without-fear

Activities to prepare before the next session (pre-webinar tasks for session 4)

  1. Familiarise yourself with the subject content for fractions, decimals, percentages and proportion.
  2. Explore the resource cards on equivalences in the document entitled ‘Comparing Fractions’. Consider how you would use these resources for differentiation and stretch and challenge. If time allows, print them off, cut them up and use them with your learners.
  3. Watch the following video which describes the Ratio Tables method for solving number problems: https://youtu.be/5dAmH4ztlwg
  4. Complete the worksheet associated with this video