Here’s a quiz which involves rounding, addition and subtraction for Motor Vehicle students. Each time you do it you will get a different selection of questions. Many thanks to Auto Trader for the adverts.

Watch how clever the parrots are at Longleat Safari Park.

Can you tackle these addition and subtraction sums within the 2 minute time limit? See if you can beat the parrot!

In this exercise you will need to read the information from an Amey press release about the massive Streets Ahead contract. You will then use your skills to answer the questions. You can download a worksheet or use the interactive version here.

Here is a great phone app that will help you with your arithmetic so you don’t need to be afraid when you are faced with that non-calculator exam. It’s called Maths Tricks and shows you lots of short cuts to performing calculations and gives you endless practice to improve your speed and accuracy. Best of all it’s free!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dexterltd.maths.tricks_lite

You can find it on Google Play. I am recommending this because it is good, not because I have any connection to the app.

Try to find a strategy so that you can always win! Can you explain your strategy to someone else?

1. Write down your date of birth using 6 figures. So 25th December 1974 would be 25.12.74

2. Write down the last two digits of the year. (eg 74)

3. Divide by 4 and ignore the decimal part or remainder. (eg 74 ÷ 4 = 18)

4. Add together the answers to 1 and 2 (eg 74 + 18 =92)

5. Add the number of the day of your date of birth. (eg 92 + 25 =117)

6. Add a number according to your month of birth as follows.

JAN 1 (0 for Leap Year) How do you tell if a year is a leap year?

FEB 4 (3 for Leap Year) How do you tell if a year is a leap year?

MARCH 4

APRIL 0

MAY 2

JUNE 5

JULY 0

AUGUST 3

SEPT 6

OCT 1

NOV 4

DEC 6

(eg 117 + 6 for Dec = 123)

For years beginning 18.. add 2

For years beginning 19.. add 0

For years beginning 20.. add 6

(eg 123 +0 = 123)

Divide your answer by 7 and work out the remainder.

(eg 123÷ 7 = 17 remainder 4)

The remainder gives the day of the week you were born on.

1 = Sunday

2= Monday

3= Tuesday

4= Wednesday

5= Thursday

6 = Friday

7 = Saturday

(s0 25.12.74 was a Wednesday)

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Ask your teacher (or somebody else) to

1. Write down your house number.

2. Double it.

3. Add the number of days in a week.

4. Multiply by 50.

5. Add your age.

6. Subtract the number of days in a year. (not a leap year)

7. Add 15

The answer is your teachers house number and their age!

Can you explain why this works?

Download, print and cut out the triangles. Work with a friend to try and match all the questions with the correct answers and make a shape.

Download, print and cut out the triangles. Work with a friend to try and match all the questions with the correct answer.

Can you work out the missing numbers in this Football League table? You will need to use logic, arithmetic and negative numbers.

Premier League table 2011-12

League Division 1 table 2011-12

This is the first in a series of Functional Skills resources about climate change and what the Government could do about it.

Here is a useful interactive white board tool on addition from www.mymaths.co.uk

http://www.mymaths.co.uk/samples/sampleLessonAdding2digitNumbers.swf