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I teach Functional Skills and Employability to SEN students. My students range from Entry 1 to Level 1. I design my lessons to teach basic skills, then ask students to use those skills. My username combines my practicality and my wonderful cat, Harry.

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I teach Functional Skills and Employability to SEN students. My students range from Entry 1 to Level 1. I design my lessons to teach basic skills, then ask students to use those skills. My username combines my practicality and my wonderful cat, Harry.

Maths Quiz 2019

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A Maths quiz useful for the end of term, or just when you want to do something fun. Each category has 2 levels: an easy-ish first level and a more challenging second one, so you can adapt to different ages and abilities. There are several categories, with 5 questions in each. The category slide has hyperlinks to the first question of each category. The questions test knowledge and Maths skills. There is one Rotherham specific question (where I teach) and some 2019 specific ones. The answers for the latter will need to be adjusted for different years.

Multiplying by 10/100/1000 using money: E1-E3/L1

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This presentation demonstrates how to multiply by 10/100/1000 by adding zeroes or (with money) moving the decimal point. Lower ability students can use a calculator. You can buy the full lesson (lesson plan, presentation and any worksheets) on my page.

Applying multiplication and division, area and volume - FULL LESSON

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This lesson links multiplication to area and volume, using the ‘squared paper’ method of multiplication. It also introduces the ‘squared paper’ method of division (given a sum such as 12/4, on squared paper students outline the number they have to divide, and count out blocks of the number they are dividing by; the number of blocks is the answer). They then apply these skills to the real-life problem of decorating a room. This is one of a bundle of 11 Functional Skills Maths Number lessons I have on TES. All lessons are mapped to the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum. They cover Entry 1-Entry 3, with some Level 1 skills. I had few L1 students when I planned these, and taught the parts of the L1 curriculum not covered by these lessons as extension tasks with individual students. You can get individual worksheets and powerpoints on my page for free. Alternatively, you can buy the bundle of all 11 lessons (with worksheets and powerpoints) for only £10.

Rounding and estimation using money: E1-E3

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This worksheet asks students to estimate and round prices, before comparing them to actual costs. The E1 worksheet ask students to compare numbers and round to 10. Answers are at the end of the worksheets, although the answers to activity 1 will depend on prices in your area. You can buy the full lesson (lesson plan, presentation and any worksheets) on my page.

Addition and subtraction with/without carrying and borrowing: E1-L1

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This presentation introduces/consolidates the concepts of carrying and borrowing. There’s a game at the end where students use their new skills to get as close as possible to the target number. You can buy the full lesson (lesson plan, presentation and any worksheets) on my page.

Multiplying and dividing by 10/100/1000 using money: E1-E3/L1

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This worksheet asks students to practise adding money before multiplying it by 10. You will need a selection of takeaway menus or similar. E1 and lower ability E2 students can use calculators; higher ability students should use paper methods. There are no answers as these will depend on the choices of individual students. You can buy the full lesson (lesson plan, presentation and any worksheets) on my page.

Maths and Me: Student Self-Evaluation

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This worksheet gives students the chance to tell their teacher what they like and don’t like about Maths at the start of the year. You can buy the full lesson (lesson plan, presentation and any worksheets) on my page.

Double and half: E1-E3

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The presentation starts with a game of Double Your Money: students have £10 to start with, and have to bet some of that money on whether they will get a Maths question right. If they get it right, they win the amount of money that they bet; if they get it wrong they lose the money. The presentation includes a link to suitable questions. The slide that shows how to work out half using counters is animated and will play when clicked. You can buy the full lesson (lesson plan, presentation and any worksheets) on my page.

Rounding and estimation: E1-E3/L1

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This presentation demonstrates and how and why we use estimation and rounding. Students then apply this to numbers, measuring and money. Slide 4 can be printed out as a guide for students. You will need a paper square (of any size) for the measuring activity. You can buy the full lesson (lesson plan, presentation and any worksheets) on my page.

Addition and subtraction with/without carrying and borrowing - FULL LESSON

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This lesson introduces/consolidates the use of columns when setting out sums, good practice of putting bigger numbers first, and addition and subtraction with/without carrying and borrowing. It includes a fun game at the end where students have to use the numbers to get as close as possible to a given target. This is one of a bundle of 11 Functional Skills Maths Number lessons I have on TES. All lessons are mapped to the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum. They cover Entry 1-Entry 3, with some Level 1 skills. I had few L1 students when I planned these, and taught the parts of the L1 curriculum not covered by these lessons as extension tasks with individual students. You can get individual worksheets and powerpoints on my page for free. Alternatively, you can buy the bundle of all 11 lessons (with worksheets and powerpoints) for only £10.

Functional Skills Number Unit E1-E3 (some extension to L1)

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This is a bundle of 11 Functional Skills Maths Number lessons. All lessons are mapped to the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum. They cover Entry 1-Entry 3, with some Level 1 skills. I had few L1 students when I planned these, and taught the parts of the L1 curriculum not covered by these lessons as extension tasks with individual students. You can get individual worksheets and powerpoints on my page for free. Alternatively, you can buy individual lessons (with worksheets and powerpoints) for only £1.50 each.

Place value, ordering numbers and addition - FULL LESSON

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This lesson gets students into good habits of using columns to set out work, putting the bigger number(s) first, and introduces/consolidates the use of carrying with addition. On the E3 worksheet, there is a chance for more able students to investigate other base systems. Answer sheets are at the back. This is one of a bundle of 11 Functional Skills Maths Number lessons I have on TES. All lessons are mapped to the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum. They cover Entry 1-Entry 3, with some Level 1 skills. I had few L1 students when I planned these, and taught the parts of the L1 curriculum not covered by these lessons as extension tasks with individual students. You can get individual worksheets and powerpoints on my page for free. Alternatively, you can buy the bundle of all 11 lessons (with worksheets and powerpoints) for only £10.

Basic addition and different methods - FULL LESSON

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This lesson is designed for the beginning of the year, and gives teachers a chance to see how students tackle basic addition and set out their work. It also includes a worksheet where students can share their feelings about Maths and what they would like to achieve over the coming year. It makes reference to ID badge numbers, but you can use any random numbers or number cards to generate these. This is one of a bundle of 11 Functional Skills Maths Number lessons I have on TES. All lessons are mapped to the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum. They cover Entry 1-Entry 3, with some Level 1 skills. I had few L1 students when I planned these, and taught the parts of the L1 curriculum not covered by these lessons as extension tasks with individual students. You can get individual worksheets and powerpoints on my page for free. Alternatively, you can buy the bundle of all 11 lessons (with worksheets and powerpoints) for only £10.

Quarters of items - FULL LESSON

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This lesson teaches students how to split a number of items into quarters. The demonstration uses counters. It then gives them chance to apply this to tasks related to working in a shop. There are answers at the end of the worksheet. This is one of a bundle of 11 Functional Skills Maths Number lessons I have on TES. All lessons are mapped to the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum. They cover Entry 1-Entry 3, with some Level 1 skills. I had few L1 students when I planned these, and taught the parts of the L1 curriculum not covered by these lessons as extension tasks with individual students. You can get individual worksheets and powerpoints on my page for free. Alternatively, you can buy the bundle of all 11 lessons (with worksheets and powerpoints) for only £10.

Short and long multiplication using different methods - FULL LESSON

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This lesson covers different multiplication methods: repeated addition, using a multiplication square, and ‘squared paper’ method (given a sum such as 3x4, on squared paper students count 3 squares across, 4 squares down, and then draw round the resulting rectangle; the number of squares they outline is the answer). It then links this method to area and volume. There is a slide at the end that covers long multiplication (two methods) for E3/L1 students. This is one of a bundle of 11 Functional Skills Maths Number lessons I have on TES. All lessons are mapped to the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum. They cover Entry 1-Entry 3, with some Level 1 skills. I had few L1 students when I planned these, and taught the parts of the L1 curriculum not covered by these lessons as extension tasks with individual students. You can get individual worksheets and powerpoints on my page for free. Alternatively, you can buy the bundle of all 11 lessons (with worksheets and powerpoints) for only £10.

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Working out fractions of items and money - FULL LESSON

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This lesson works with different kinds of fractions and challenges students to work with the concept of how much of a fraction or amount is remaining. Students work with fractions of items and money, with tasks related to working in a shop and shopping. There is an extension worksheet about equivalent fractions for E3 and above. Answers are at the end of the worksheet. The E3 worksheet also references percentage work, but I have not included this as it is not a worksheet I wrote. There are plenty out there, however. This is one of a bundle of 11 Functional Skills Maths Number lessons I have on TES. All lessons are mapped to the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum. They cover Entry 1-Entry 3, with some Level 1 skills. I had few L1 students when I planned these, and taught the parts of the L1 curriculum not covered by these lessons as extension tasks with individual students. You can get individual worksheets and powerpoints on my page for free. Alternatively, you can buy the bundle of all 11 lessons (with worksheets and powerpoints) for only £10.

Multiplying and dividing by 10/100/1000 (using money) - FULL LESSON

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This lesson focuses on multiplying by 10 and, for higher-level students, multiplying and dividing decimals by 10/100/1000 (using money). E1 and E2 students can use calculators; E3 and L1 are encouraged to use paper methods. You will need a selection of takeaway menus or similar. There are no answers included as they will depend on the choices made by individual students. This is one of a bundle of 11 Functional Skills Maths Number lessons I have on TES. All lessons are mapped to the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum. They cover Entry 1-Entry 3, with some Level 1 skills. I had few L1 students when I planned these, and taught the parts of the L1 curriculum not covered by these lessons as extension tasks with individual students. You can get individual worksheets and powerpoints on my page for free. Alternatively, you can buy the bundle of all 11 lessons (with worksheets and powerpoints) for only £10.

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