Level 5 Teaching Functional Skills Mathematics – Session 4

Fractions, Decimals, Percentages and Proportion


This session will introduce you a range of teaching strategies for engaging your learners into more complex associations involving fractions, equivalences and proportionality linked to the new Functional Skills Mathematics specifications.

Session outcomes

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

  • Examine the place of fraction, decimals and related number concepts in the Functional Skills Subject Content
  • Analyse learner mistakes and misconceptions
  • Consider different ways of reacting to learner misconceptions
  • Use and evaluate bar modelling and ratio tables.

Session 4 PowerPoint slides

Here are the presentation slides for this session.

Session Padlet

Here is the Padlet for this session. Please refer to the column ‘Webinar 4’ 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 4. 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. Thinking Through Mathematics (Entry/Level 1) https://www.ncetm.org.uk/online-cpd-modules/ttm/resource-bank
  6. Improving Learning in Mathematics (Level 2 and up) https://www.stem.org.uk/cx4vu
  7. Learning Mathematics in Context https://www.stem.org.uk/cx6a9
  8. Mathematics Assessment Project http://map.mathshell.org
  9. Also see: Maths4Life Fractions: http://www.nrdc.org.uk/?p=282

Activities to prepare before session 5

  1. Read through the document ‘Top tips for teaching numeracy to ESOL learners’. Be prepared to share your own experiences of teaching maths to ESOL learners.
  2. Explore the ‘Follow Me’ handout and consider how you might use it with your Functional Skills Maths learners.
  3. Watch the video https://youtu.be/p_Hqdqe84Uc and complete the worksheet