What is the course about?
This course will help you develop your maths skills and apply these to real life, to solve practical problems in areas such as shopping or DIY.
What will we cover?
- using graphs and charts
- using numbers to add, take away, multiply and divide
- fractions and decimals
- calculator work and checking calculations
- measuring and comparing shape and size using metric units
- handling and managing data.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Solve practical problems using the following:
- adding and subtracting with three digit numbers
- multiplying and dividing two digit numbers by single digit figures
- estimating calculations and checking accuracy
- approximating by rounding numbers less than 1000 to the nearest 10 or 100
- reading, writing common fractions and decimals
- reading, measuring and recording time
- reading, estimating, measuring and comparing length, weight and capacity.
- extracting and interpreting information from lists, tables, diagrams and simple charts
- recognising, naming and drawing 2D and 3D shapes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for fluent speakers of English. You should be able to recognise and use whole numbers up to 100, use halves and quarters, add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers using a calculator, calculate the cost and change from shopping and compare some measurements.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching will be in a supportive group setting, which involves pair and small group work. The interactive whiteboard and computers will help your learning. Handouts and worksheets will allow you to build up a folder of work. You will be given homework on a regular basis. You will need to keep a folder of your work to be assessed at the end of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a pen, ruler, pencil and calculator. Please also bring some lined A4 paper and a folder to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts, worksheets and links to useful websites to enable you to extend and practice your skills outside class,.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
When you successfully complete this course, you should be able to continue into AM101B of the course in January.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details