Health, Social Care and Childcare

A collection of resources designed to provide ideas and inspiration for teaching mathematics in the context of health, social care and childcare. These resources have been selected as relevant to post-16 vocational learners who are working towards resitting GCSE Mathematics. Five a Day requires students to collect data and use statistical methods to analyse the results using measures of location, measures of spread and statistical diagrams. In An Italian Feast and Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice students are required to design a survey, collect data, and interpret charts and graphs using a context of diet, nutrition and health. Nappy Changing Challenge requires students to generate their own data for analysis and could be done as a project. Dispensing drugs includes some good examples about converting between units and Food for thought and Food and diet can help students understand proportionality. A Guide to Developing Mathematics Skills in the Adult Social Care Workplace can be useful in identifying which mathematical skills are essential for care workers.

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Five a Day

This resource is designed for students to collect data and then use statistical methods to analyse the results. The activities require that students investigate the extent to which people follow the advice from the Department of Health, which recommends that everyone eats at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.

The student sheet contains detailed information and provides a structure for students to conduct their own survey, while the slide show is provided as an introduction to the task.

publication year
2010 to date

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An Italian Feast

This resource provides statistics about the eating habits of children in Italy and asks students to compare and contrast these with their own eating habits.

Through this activity, students have to interpret charts and graphs, plan how to collect data and design a survey. The resource would link to studies about food, diet, nutrition and health.

publication year
2010 to date

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Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice

The resource relates to units on health and growth, teeth and eating, keeping healthy, food and digestion, fitness and health.and focuses on the sugar content of soft drinks and the constituents of a balanced diet. Students use the data provided from secondary sources to answer a series of questions which explore the effect of drinking soft drinks on students' sugar intake and to compare this to recommended daily amounts.

publication year
2010 to date

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A Guide to Developing Mathematics Skills in the Adult Social Care Workplace

This guide is intended for learning providers who want to help care workers develop better mathematics skills at work.

The guide is divided into two parts.

Part 1 identifies the mathematics that care workers use at work, offers an overview of the adult social care sector, considers attitudes to mathematics in the adult social care workplace, and describes practical approaches to working with adult social care employers.

Part 2 identifies a range of resources likely to be useful to a learning provider and signposts mathematics learning resources which exemplify good practice.

publication year
2010 to date

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Health, Social Care and Childcare (Other sources of ideas)

A collection of resources which  provide ideas and inspiration for teaching mathematics in the context of health, social care and childcare. The resources included in this collection require some adaptation to make them appropriate for the particular audience.

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