Level 5 Teaching Functional Skills Mathematics – Session 8

Handling Data and Information (HD)


This session will enable participants to explore Handling Data and Information (HD) as a process of gathering, recording and presenting information (graphs or charts) that will be helpful for learners. The session will go through ways of collecting data using a planned methodology, recording data with precision and accuracy, analysing data to draw conclusions and sharing data. The teaching implications of these aspects will be explored further in this part of the course as well how to best prepare learners for HD-type questions in the Functional Skills exams.

Session outcomes

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

  • Consider some common errors and misconceptions with data handling and how data can be used to mislead
  • Explore and evaluate a range of data handling activities
  • Relate maths activities and approaches to own context, identifying opportunities and possible adaptations.

Session 8 PowerPoint slides

Here are the presentation slides for this session.

Session Padlet

Here is the Padlet for this session. Please refer to the eighth column ‘Webinar 8’ to access all of the resources, documents and links for this session.

Post Session tasks to finish off this section

Post Session tasks to finish off this section

  1. Complete the reflective diary for session 8. 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 these resources relating to the topic for today’s session.

Activities to prepare before the next session (pre-webinar tasks for session 9)

  1. Read through the ‘Top Tips for Functional Skills Maths’. Make of any additional tactics you use to help your learners to prepare for FS exams.
  2. Study the document ‘Looking at Learning Activities’. Make note of different ways that mathematical activities can be represented in teaching resources for FS.
  3. Explore one of the resources in the OCR L2 Mathematics Support Activities handbook (2009). Consider any changes in the light of the 2019 new specifications.
  4. Based on this session, reflect further on your planning for the presentation task in readiness for session 10. Do you think you need to add changes to your adapted/original resource? Do you feel that any of today’s content can add more refinement to your resource? Keep working on it with your other group members and seek support from your tutor as required.