# Smarties & Love Hearts

## Let's Count with Sweets!

A fun, sweet counting activity. Learners will learn basic counting skills and number recognition from one to nine. In addition, they will learn colour matching.
Print onto A4 and laminate – you will also need a packet of M & M sweets.

Level
M8
Pre-entry
pre-Entry N1/M8.3 Count reliably up to 5 items, & with inconsistencies, up to 10 items
pre-Entry N1/M8.4 Compare two given numbers of objects in groups of up to five, commnicating which is more/less
pre-Entry N1/M8.5 recognise, use, record & know value of numerals 0-10
pre-Entry N1/M8.6 Relate numbers to collections of objects reliably to five, & with support to 10

## Foam squares Functional Maths - ICT investigation

Here is another Level 1-2 variant on the classic ‘Smarties’ investigation which incorporates the use of a PC and Excel. I stopped using Smarties and Skittles because of the health and hygiene issues.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Maths
Averages and range
Collect organise represent
Functional Maths - handling information and data
ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information

## Smarties fractions

Another great worksheet in the never-ending Smarties series. Three level 2 tasks covering evaluating one number as a fraction of another, and adding and subtracting fractions. You will need at least one tube of Smarties.

Level
Level 2
Maths
N2/L2.4
N2/L2.3
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system

## Smarties graphs and pie charts

Smarties graphs and pie charts is yet another adaptation of our ever-popular resource. This version is aimed at L1-2 and covers pie charts, bar charts, averages and tallies.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
Maths
Data Handling

## M&Ms Investigation

M&Ms Investigation is an adaptation of the 2007 L1-2 Smarties resource from Judith White – it is particularly useful now as it seems that sadly the Smarties factory now uses an accurate counter and all tubes contain the same number of sweets! Covers bar charts, pictograms, tallies. Also discusses averages and analyses collective data.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
Maths
Data Handling

## Skittles pictogram creator

Skittles pictogram creator is a very clever Excel sheet to accompany our ever popular Smarties data handling resource and it a great way of combining numeracy and IT skills(many tutors are now using Skittles as an alternative to Smarties because there is more variation in the numbers/colours of sweets per packet).

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Maths
HD1/E3.4
HD1/E3.2
HD1/L1.1

## Smarties challenge

Smarties Challenge makes a great general revision activity for L1 – L2. Covers averages, representing data, pi, fractions, percentages and more. With extension tasks.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
Maths
General numeracy / maths

## Smarties pictogram creator

A very clever Excel sheet to accompany the ever-popular Smarties data handling resource and a great way of combining numeracy and IT skills.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Maths
HD1/E3.4
HD1/E3.2
HD1/L1.1
ICT
Charts & graphs

## Smarties division

A fabulous activity which takes learners through grouping, division by subtraction, and remainders – in a structured, logical fashion so that their pile of Smarties will gradually get eaten!

Level
Entry Level 3
Maths
N1/E3.6

## Love hearts E1 literacy practice assignment

A reading comprehension exercise written in the style of a practice OCR E1 reading assignment (Task 1). It also includes OCR style tasks 2-4 (purpose of text, reading signs and symbols) – these are NOT about Love Hearts.
Love Hearts task 1 can also be used independently or alongside our popular Valentine’s Day E2-L2 Love Hearts Assignment (see below) in mixed ability classes.

Level
Entry Level 1
English
Rs/E1.1 Read and recognise simple sentence structures
AL Rt/E1.1 Read short familiar texts
Rt/E1.2
AL Rw/E1.2 Decode simple, regular words
AL Rw/E1.1 Have limited, meaningful sight vocabulary of words, signs, symbols