Functional number (Code: C1230)
There is evidence from Chief Examiner reports which identifies the key topic areas of number work and the four main operations as ones most likely to present the most difficulty for functional maths learners.
This interactive course explores a range of methods and approaches that support skills development and deep learning of the four main operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It introduces a range of alternative mathematical methods, tackles misconceptions and uses technology effectively.
Who is this for?
This course is for practitioners delivering Functional Skills maths; some elements will be useful for those delivering GCSE maths and for vocational staff teaching functional maths in a vocational setting.
This course will provide you with a range of strategies and activities that engage maths learners in the use of number and the four main operations.
On this course, you will:
- investigate methodologies you can use to support learners in their understanding of the four main operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
- explore activities around the development of fluency with the four operations, including times tables
- consider alternative methods, including partitioning using place value and rounding methods, as well as expose and discuss misconceptions
- reflect upon how you might use these activities and approaches in your own teaching.
There are no entry requirements and this course is open to anyone who is interested, but it may be useful to attend the course 'Number at the core of maths' as it is complementary.