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Tackling everyday maths with confidence

8 x 2-hour sessions

Maths with chocolate!

We recognise that many people have had unpleasant experiences with maths, leaving them feeling anxious, excluded or that they simply ‘can’t do maths’. These feelings will be addressed and challenged throughout the course. Tried and tested strategies to overcome the negative effects of these feelings will be shared by supportive and understanding tutors. At the same time, relevant mathematics will be taught in a non-threatening and interesting way.

The course will not involve any tests or formal assessments. Participants will not be expected to demonstrate any prior mathematical knowledge.


5 June 2019 (8x2 hour sessions on consecutive weeks)

Day and time Wednesdays 7pm-9pm


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WCE0.9A, Westwood Campus

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Entry requirements None
Length 8 weeks (16 hours)
Accreditation None
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Areas of study

Session 1: Introduction (starting from where we are).

This session sets the expectation and shared ground rules for the following sessions by building the learning community, sharing awareness of prior experience with maths: promoting maths learning as safe, accessible, learner centred and inclusive.


Session 2: Making sense of numbers (numerical thinking).

In this session we encourage number sense through activities that link conceptual understanding with useful, accessible, practical learning strategies.


Session 3: Looking at patterns and relationships (algebraic thinking).

Algebra has deterred many learners from further mathematical study. In this session we introduce the accessible meaning of algebra by revealing it in everyday life problems.


Session 4: Making sense of numerical information (statistical thinking).

A grasp of basic statistics is a vital life skill. This session will make sense of statistics and encourage a critical approach to statistical persuasion.


Session 5: Dealing with uncertainty (thinking with probability).

This session will develop an informed approach to decision making by considering risks in a sensible way.


Session 6: Thinking with shape and space (geometry).

Geometry is another term that can send shivers down the spine. In this session we explore the geometric thinking in everyday life.


Session 7: Problem solving with confidence.

This session will explore the everyday mathematical problems experienced by the participants and encourages confident and creative problem solving.


Session 8: Conclusion and next steps.

The course concludes by tackling new maths with resilience and curiosity. We review the resilience built over the sessions to access support, appreciate the value of maths and adopt a growth mindset



Janet Baker