# Functional Maths - problem solving

Although underpinning knowledge is tested in its own right, problem solving is a core element of Functional Skills mathematics yet should not obscure or add additional mathematical complexity beyond the level of the qualification. Defining problem solving is a challenge but the attributes below are helpful. Not all (in fact often just one) of the listed attributes must be present in a single task for it to be considered to be problem-solving.

- Tasks that have little or no scaffolding: there is little guidance given to the student beyond a start point and a finish point. Questions do not explicitly state the mathematical process(es) required for the solution.
- Tasks that provide for multiple representations, such as use of a sketch or a diagram as well as calculations.
- The information is not given in mathematical form or in mathematical language; or there is a need for the results to be interpreted or methods evaluated, for example, in a real-world context.
- Tasks have a variety of techniques that could be used.
- The solution requires understanding of the processes involved rather than just application of the techniques.

A new series of comprehensive Functional Skills Maths books now available from talented mathematician and teacher Marsida Horeshka who you may already know from her popular Functional Skills maths site **https://marscademy.com/**** **(previously known as Maths Made Fun). The three Entry Level books are now available on Amazon (and soon from other booksellers).

An incredible collection of free worksheets from OUP. Designed to support the excellent book ‘Maths the Basics’ by June Haighton et al (see our separate entry about this book) but can be used independently. I haven’t looked at them all ( there are more than a 100 - plus answer sheets!) but they seem to cover Entry Level 3 to Level 2.

In addition there are many other useful downloads including tips and hints for non-specialists on delivering Functional Skills maths, English and ICT and much more.

This is a resource I've designed to be a homework/classwork support for L1 Functional Skills maths (reform).

**Editor's notes**

A wonderful 104-page compilation of resources covering almost every aspect of Level 1 Reformed Functional Maths. With curriculum mapping and links to further resources. **Note this project includes resources from many excellent free web sites** - please read the notes on the front cover sheet and page 104 for further information.