Slowly getting into this new Core Maths qualification (Introduced 2014, first assessment 2016). Just checked out one of the text books today and saw a Chapter on ‘Cooking a Roast Dinner’ – that says it all! How I could have done with lots of practice on getting the timings right for a Roast😂

Some notes; Core Maths is aimed at students achieving a Grade 4 or above who are not taking AS or A level Maths.

The focus is on the ‘use’ of Maths rather than the content. The students need to ‘question’ the facts & outcomes of their calculations.

Some ideas for lessons

‘**First Payslip lesson**‘ – here is one of mine.

Introduces lots of **finance terminology**; salary, wage, fiscal year, basic income tax rate (29% here), personal allowance (£2335 here) & would cover **estimations**; tax, NI and percentage calculations. Guess the year?

‘**Estimate the number of bricks**‘

A proud day taking students to see a feat of engineering on our doorstep. Followed up with a lesson on **estimate** the number of bricks used to build the viaduct.