Maths Lesson One

Subject: Maths

Resource type: Lesson

Skills: Aiming High, Teamwork

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Downsizing with LearnE: In this activity, students will step into the role of an interior designer working with LearnE and help them to choose the most appropriate office space. Access our comprehensive resource package, including detailed teacher notes, PowerPoint, student worksheet and answer sheet. Adapt to your classroom’s needs for a dynamic learning experience.


Modern working life is changing – with many employees now working between home and the office. Now employees have the freedom to choose their workplace and working hours, they typically visit the office to attend face-to-face meetings and socialise with colleagues. Consequently, companies no longer require large office space. Many are downsizing and looking for exciting, dynamic workspaces to inspire their staff. An interior designer is working with an e-learning company, called LearnE, who have 700 staff and are looking to find a suitable office to downsize to.

Learning Aim

To begin determining a suitable office space for a modern company.

Skills Builder Links

Aiming high step 4
I work with a positive approach to new challenges.

Teamwork step 3
I work well with others by taking responsibility for completing my tasks.

Curriculum Table

England: The national curriculum (England)Geometry and measures
Pupils should be taught to calculate surface areas and volumes of spheres, pyramids, cones and composite solids.
Scotland: The National 5 Business ManagementGeometric skills
Calculating the volume of a standard solid (sphere, cone, pyramid) and calculating the area of a sector.
Wales: WJEC GCSE in business specificationGeometry and measure
Calculate the surface area, cross-sectional area and volume of cubes, cuboids, prisms, cylinders and composite solids.