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

Mar 262012

Mar 192012

This is a great little adventure game where you have to answer problems to explore the tunnels and earn money when you get them right. Some of the questions are GCSE standard but some are Entry Level. See how far you can get! Thanks to Transum Software.

Mar 182012

When I was a newly qualified teacher in the early 1980’s the latest trend in maths teaching was Logo. We used to get the students programming the BBC computers to make amazing patterns and shapes. We even used to have a little turtle robot that you could program to draw shapes on the floor! You can have a go at Logo here thanks to Transum.

Mar 182012

Mar 152012

Here is a great website to learn how to make paper planes.

Why not organise a competition to see which type of plane flies the furthest? Collect data on the flight distances and work out the average distance flown. Does it make any difference if you use mean, median or mode? Work out the range in flight distances. What does this tell you? Which sort of plane is the best?

Mar 152012

The Manchester Science Festival is encouraging people to grow sunflowers in order to conduct a massive mathematical experiment. Plant the seeds in April and May, nurture the plants throughout the summer and when the sunflowers are fully grown be counting the number of spirals in the seed patterns in the sunflower heads. Don’t worry – expertise will be on hand to help count the seeds and you’ll be able to post your ‘spiral counts’ online.

The Fibonacci Sequence starts 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34…..

Can you continue it? Can you explain how it works? If you follow the link below you will see how this relates to flowers.

The results of the experiment will be announced during the Manchester Science Festival 2012 (27 Oct – 4 Nov), alongside a host of cultural events connected to Alan Turing’s life and legacy.

Mar 122012

Mar 122012

Mar 062012

Download this pdf, print and cut out the triangles. Try to arrange all the triangles so that the questions match with the answers. If you get it right you should make a new shape.

**Download Probability Events Jigsaw
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If you need a reminder of how to work out probabilities, try this link.

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Thanks to Mr Barton for the original jigsaw.

Mar 052012

Angles of elevation and depression– how to use simple trigonometry to measure the height of tall buildings or objects. A great resource from mymaths.

Mar 052012

An excellent introduction to upper and lower bounds from mymaths

Mar 052012

A good introduction to formulae from mymaths.

Mar 042012

Here are flashcards, a matching game and word searches for Level 2. Each time you play you will get a new selection of words.

Mar 042012

Use these flashcards to learn the meaning of important mathematical words.

If this is too easy try the Level 2 version.

Mar 042012

Match the words to the definitions. Play again and get a different selection of words.

If this is too easy try the Level 2 version

Mar 042012

Improve your mathematical vocabulary with this wordsearch. (It is different each time you start it)

If this is too easy try the Level 2 vesrsion.

Mar 022012

The new organisation National Numeracy had a very successful launch today, gaining lots of publicity in the media. Visit their website here and see what the BBC have been saying here. Poor numeracy is ruining lives. Radio 4’s Today programme invited people to do a short test- can you get the answers right?