Maths for life (entry 3)

Course Dates: 22/09/21 - 15/12/21
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Do you need to become more confident in maths in your daily life, whether making calculations with money, understanding figures, charts and graphs in newspapers or online or measuring areas? This course will help you with the essential maths you need to participate, make progress and express yourself in society today. You will work with whole numbers, fractions and decimal numbers and use maths to solve problems involving time, money and measurement. You will learn about the properties of shapes, both 2D and 3D and how to read, interpret and comment on information in tables and charts. By the end of the course, you will be much more aware of how much maths there is in everyday life and how maths can help you.
Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.
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Course Code: AM101A

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Wed, day, 22 Sep - 15 Dec '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 13 weeks)

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
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What is the course about?

This course will provide you with the foundation maths you need in your daily life and more. You will practise doing calculations with money, measuring and understanding figures, charts and graphs in newspapers or online. You will work with whole numbers, fractions and decimal numbers and use maths to solve problems involving time, money and measurement. You will be able to state properties of shapes, both 2D and 3D and read, interpret and comment on information in tables and charts.

What will we cover?

• how to relate real life situations to mathematics
•using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with whole numbers to solve real life problems e.g. when shopping, at work, going on holiday etc.
•recognising and using common fractions to help with everyday calculations such as shopping, budgeting etc.
•identifying the relationships between basic fractions, decimals and percentages e.g. 0.5 = ½ = 50%
•using mathematical knowledge to solve common problems about time and money
•using measurements to solve common problems e.g. how to design a garden or a room
•identifying the different properties of 2D and 3D shapes, use this information to describe objects around you and discuss them mathematically (square, rectangles, circles, triangles, hexagons, pentagons, cubes, cuboids, cylinders etc.)
•reading, interpreting and commenting on information on tables and charts on websites, newspapers etc.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

•use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with whole numbers to solve real life problems e.g. when shopping, at work, going on holiday etc.
•recognise and use common fractions to help with everyday calculations such as shopping, budgeting etc.
•identify the relationships between basic fractions, decimals and percentages e.g. 0.5 = ½ = 50%
•use mathematical knowledge to solve common problems about time and money
•use measurements to solve common problems e.g. how to design a garden or a room
•identify the different properties of 2D and 3D shapes, use this information to describe objects around you and discuss them mathematically (square, rectangles, circles, triangles, hexagons, pentagons, cubes, cuboids, cylinders etc.)
•read, interpret and comment on information on tables and charts on websites, newspapers etc.

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?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks, with guidance from the tutor. You will work on your own and with other students on different tasks so you are always practising important in-demand life and work skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, prioritising, negotiating, collaborating and independence. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve and how to work in a way that improves your learning. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a pen, ruler, pencil and calculator. You should also bring along some lined A4 paper and a folder to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide some materials, handouts 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 the next part of this three part course.
You could do a Digital Skills course or an English course at the same time as this one. Ask your tutor or contact : Universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 0207 492 2511 for more information.

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