Level 1 (Foundation) resources
Best buys Students work out which are the best buys for items sold in different-sized packs at different prices.
Invoices Students check and complete invoices. Students also work with their own data in spreadsheet simulations of invoices.
Mobile phone tariffs Students use an Excel spreadsheet to calculate mobile phone bills. They compare mobile phone tariffs to see which one is the best for someone to use.
Spot the errors Students check for errors in a simulated invoice, phone bill and bank statement (several errors on each).
Savings and interest Students calculate interest for one year, then compound interest using a decimal multiplier.
Simple and compound interest Students use algebraic and spreadsheet formulae in Excel to calculate simple and compound interest.
Wages and overtime Students investigate potential jobs and compare the wages. They then use a spreadsheet to calculate overtime rates of pay.
Work out the VAT Students work out VAT without a calculator, then check their answers using a different method. This check could be done on a calculator or computer.
Bank balance This game gives learners practice in working with money, entering items onto a bank statement and calculating the balance.
What is it? Recognising and drawing objects from different viewpoints.
Convert lengths Practice in converting between different metric units of length, using exercises on a worksheet, a bingo game and a dominoes game.
Volume Students find the volume of a variety of cuboids in real life contexts.
Geometrical design Helping students to recognise geometrical shapes and their properties.
Measure it! Estimating lengths and measuring objects using both centimetres and millimetres.
Plans Students measure lengths from scale drawings then use ratio scales to find the actual lengths.
Arranging the furniture Students design a new layout for the classroom, measuring the furniture, making scaled cut-outs, and placing them on a prepared plan.
How much will it cost? Students measure dimensions from scale drawings and find the areas of rectangles and triangles. They then calculate the amount of paint needed to paint a house and its cost.
Perimeter and area How much lawn feed is needed? Students find the perimeter and area of rectangles and shapes made from rectangles.
Drawing shapes in Word Students learn how to draw and format basic shapes in Word.
Matching graphs and scenarios Students match graphs with descriptions of the real situations they represent.
Fractions decimals and percentages A variety of activities which can be used to give students practice in converting between fractions, decimals and percentages.
Ratios Worksheet, bingo cards and matching cards to give learners practice in simplifying ratios.
Outdoor Gig Students use weather data to consider which month would be the best to hold an outdoor gig. Students practise using either a calculator (version A) or a spreadsheet (version B) to calculate mean and range values.
Shorter by helicopter Students plot graphs of real data to compare the straight-line distances between towns with the distance by road
Currency conversion An introduction to conversion graphs and direct proportionality in the context of currency conversion, reading and plotting graphs and calculating gradients. One question uses a spreadsheet.
House prices There are two versions of this activity. Both involve large data sets of house prices showing how they have changed in different locations over long and short periods of time. In Version A, students draw and interpret statistical diagrams and calculate statistical measures by hand. In Version B, students use a spreadsheet to create the statistical diagrams and calculate statistical measures, then interpret them.
Plumber's callout Students complete data tables, then draw, read and interpret linear graphs where the intercept on the y axis is not zero. Interpretation includes finding where two linear graphs meet. The last part requires a spreadsheet – omit if computers not available.