# FM Simple one step problem(s)

A **simple mathematical problem** requires **working through one step or process**. At **Entry Levels** it is expected that students will be able to address individual problems each of which draw upon knowledge and/or skills from **one** mathematical content area (number, measures or data). The **context** should be familiar to all students and easily described.

Major update Use compensation strategies to speed up mental addition when adding on numbers such as 19 or 39. A step by step work sheet: the pre-skills check is followed by more than 60 questions (including 'Stretch' tasks). Concludes with two new pages of Functional Skills exam style problems that can be used independently of pages 1-3. Exam style questions are based on a bike shop and a children's nursery.

**03/02/22 09:30 **updated (image depicting "no calculator" was not displaying properly on some devices, now replaced with new image)**25/1/22 09:24 **updated for minor corrections ('Mel' replaced with 'Chris' in second occurrence in Q1b page 3 and curriculum mapping corrected in Q3b page 4). In addition, an answer and detailed mapping sheet is now available to contributors.

A revision task for Entry 1 and Entry 2 Functional Maths, based on the City and Guilds assessments. Includes comparing weight and prices, calculations with money, and 3D shapes.

There is a 'running' version and a worksheet. The running version is designed to be cut into strips. Students work in pairs or small groups on question 1 and one person 'runs' to the teacher when they have written the answer on their strip. If the answer is correct, the teacher gives the next question to take back to their partner. This can get competitive!

**Editor's notes**

London Marathon is a multi-level graduated Functional Maths workbook for Entry Level 1 to Level 2. A front page overview allows the teacher or learner to decide which levels and topics to work on. The emphasis throughout is on problem solving and showing working out. The workbook uses information from the 2022 London Marathon web page and event guide.

Pancake Day in Exdale is a multi-level graduated Functional Maths workbook for Entry Level 1 to Level 2. A front page overview allows the teacher or learner to decide which levels and topics to work on. All questions are based on one or other of two texts (pancake meals at the local pub and special offers in the Exdale Cook Shop). The emphasis throughout is on problem solving and showing working out.

At Entry Levels the main coverage is time, dates and money. Levels 1 and 2 include questions on time, converting between measures, circumference, percentage discount and mean.

A hastily put together resource for Valentine's Day 2022 (but can be used in any year!). Although the covered subject content statements are all E1 or E2 - the problem solving element of some questions also makes this also suitable for E3, especially the final "Stretch" investigation. Questions are mapped but there is no answer sheet.

NEW 8/2/22 answer sheet now also available - visit our ANSWER SHEETS page for more information.

New 27/1/2022 A related interactive Wordwall activity (organisational and textual features) is now available to accompany this resource.

A hastily put-together New Year resource based on a short Guardian article about the record breaking temperatures experienced in the UK on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

17/1/22 Minor update - page number signposting at top of pages 5&6 corrected.

highly functional, carefully graduated set of questions based on current (Dec 2021) Royal Mail information about parcel and letter sizes, and first and second class mail prices. Written just before Christmas but can be used all year round. Main topics are: extracting information from tables, converting metric measures, formulae expressed as words, and working with money and decimals.

**Author's note**

A good way for learners to understand the importance of using reverse calculations to check an answer to a previous question. These check questions are appearing more and more in functional skills exams. I hope you find it as useful as I and my learners do.

**Editor's note**

Carefully differentiated practice in this important skill. All four operations (+, -, x, ÷) are covered. A set of 15 practical problems. An important and useful resource: so many learners lose marks by omitting checks to their work. No answer sheet. An E2-3 version is also available.

A good way for learners to understand the importance of using reverse calculations to check an answer to a previous question. These check questions are appearing more and more in functional skills exams. I hope you find it as useful as I and my learners do.

**Editor's note**