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Self-Assessment

This activity encourages learners to think and talk about the maths they might need in their vocational area. The objectives of the activity are to become aware of and reflect on personal attitude to maths, to become aware of some of the maths needed in their vocational area, to become aware of areas of maths they...

Self Assessment - Agriculture and Animal Care

This activity encourages learners to think and talk about the maths they might need in Agriculture and Animal Care, and helps them and their teacher find engaging starting points. The objectives of the activity are to become aware of and reflect on personal attitude to maths, to become aware of some of the maths...

Picturing the Maths

This activity helps learners become aware of the importance of maths in their vocational area and use mathematical language to describe aspects of a job role. Learners may need support to use appropriate mathematical vocabulary and may require a list or glossary of mathematical terms relevant to their vocational...

Maths Matters at Work

This activity supports learners to become aware of some of the mathematics they might use in their vocational specialism, reflect on their confidence level about these areas of mathematics and to make plans for developing their mathematical skills. Students fill in a Maths Matters at Work template to show...

Making a Mocktail

This activity aims to engage learners because of its connection to everyday life and the mathematical ideas of measurement and ratio underpin work in vocational areas such as Hairdressing when mixing hair dye and Construction when mixing concrete. This activity requires students to understand and use common...

Helicopter Rescue

In this problem the learners, acting as a helicopter-rescue crew, are asked to rescue a casualty and get them to hospital. The teacher chooses the challenge level by setting the values of some variables. Students will represent and analyse a problem mathematically, interpret and communicate solutions. Use specific...

Food for Thought – The Eat Well Plate

The everyday context of food serves as a vehicle for engaging learners in exploring the mathematical ideas of ratios, percentages, fractions, and pie charts which are useful in their vocational areas. Students are asked to agree the main food groups that might be suitable for a healthy diet and then represent the...

Attitudes at Work

This activity combines the learning of mathematics with reflection about attitudes to work. Students receive a set of cards, each card having a number on one side and a letter on the other. The teacher chooses appropriate numbers and letters to fit with the ability level of the students and the area of study....

Feeding the Cows

This mathematical activity provides students with the opportunity to solve a realistic animal care problem and become active problem-solvers. Students are encouraged to make a mathematical model of a real-life situation, identifying and incorporating relevant factors, obtain information relevant to the problem,...

Careers in Operational Research (O.R.)

These videos, produced by the O.R Society, aim to explain what Operational Research (O.R.) is through a wide range of case studies and can be...

Linear Programming

Linear Programming involves creating a function that represents a real life problem. The aim is to optimise this function given certain constraints. Simple examples of linear programming will have few variables and constraints, however, real life situations will have many more variables and constraints that will...

Climbing the Career Ladder

This resource explores the application of flow charts, algorithms and mathematical based careers. Student pairs take it in turns to roll a die and travel along the board, racing through primary school, GCSE revision and work experience towards a successful career.

The resource...

Bin Packing - Theatre booking

In this resource students are asked to play the role of a local theatre manager, tasked with finding the best way to organise the audience to minimise the amount of space they take up. To solve the problem students must apply a series of first fit algorithms.

The resource includes a teacher presentation,...

Paper Cups

This Operational Research (OR) Society resource  invites students to analyse processes and efficiencies through a series of group challenges.

In the first activity students are asked to produce as many cups as possible by folding paper. Students are also asked to calculate the mean, variance and standard...

RADAAR framework - How I teach maths in science

This infographic guide to teaching 11-16 year olds uses the RADAAR (research,...

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