# FM Context free underpinning

A resource that focuses on **explaining** or **assessing** underpinning skills using no or very little context. (I.e. using only numbers, symbols and/or basic diagrams). This could include worksheets, explanatory handouts or presentations, and reference sheets.

These two PowerPoints cover the properties of 2D and 3D shapes (E2-E3) - faces, edges, vertices and line symmetry. This is assessed using a quiz in PPT1. Both PPTs then move on to recognising nets and drawing nets of cubes and cuboids (now found in Level 1 exams). The second PPT can be printed off and used as a workbook. I have also included two links to You tube but you can use your own favourite shape/nets video links if you prefer.

**Editor's note**

I designed this resource to help learners at Entry Level 3 Functional Maths understand the importance of setting out and working out multiplication calculations. I've also included some stretch questions.

**Editor's note**

A graduated and differentiated workbook covering underpinning skills and simple word problems. Focus is on multiplying 2 3 and 4 digit numbers by a single digit. For Entry Level 2 learners use Nicky's **E2 Multiplication** (to find this look under** See also** or visit Nicky's profile page).

I've just designed this ready for my new starts in September. It is surprising how many learners come that get basic things wrong.

As we know FS is all about reading the questions and showing workings out. I always do 5 weeks of no calculators as for some they just do not get the borrowing / carrying over and this is of course important on the non calculator papers now.

There is also an E2-E3 version of this resource.

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**8/8/2021 Error fixed on page 3, no. 13.**

I've just designed these ready for my new starts in September. It is surprising how many learners come that get the simplest things wrong.

Name each 2D shape and describe its properties. Two separate worksheets: one for triangles, one for quadrilaterals. For Entry Level, hence angles are not a focus.

For each of the 6 quadrilaterals and 4 triangles, the learner is prompted to answer these questions:

Name each 3D object and fill in the gaps about their properties.

For each of the 9 common 3D shapes, the learner is prompted to complete information about:

- its name
- the number of curved and/or flat faces
- the shape of the faces
- the number of vertices (corners)
- the number of edges

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Answer sheet with detailed Functional Skills Maths mapping is available to contributors only

Name each 2D shape and describe its properties.

For each of the 8 common shapes, the learner is prompted to answer these questions:

Functional Skills level 1. Revision booklet for area and perimeter. Covers rectangles and compound shapes made up of rectangles.

**Editor's note**

A very useful set of questions with guidance. Lots of underpinning practice is followed by problem solving. Ideal for non-calculator work. **Note there is no answer sheet.**

Covers all reformed Functional Skills content descriptors relating to position and direction (from E1 to L1). Written with mixed-level classes in mind. Positional vocabulary; cardinal and intercardinal compass points; turns (e.g. quarter turns) and bearings are all covered in this set of graduated HS2 (high speed railway) themed problems. Problems are interspersed with context-free underpinning questions, examples and tips.

11.50 28.1.20 - file updated. (Minor typo page 4, missing 'camel' key page 7)

Detailed revision guide for Reformed Functional Maths. Split into sections Number, Measures Shape and Space, Handling Data

Table format with topic on left-hand side and an example on the right.

**Editor's note**

Really useful guide covering almost every Level 1 content criterion. Written for Edexcel-Pearson candidates but suitable for all.