Try being a freelance filmmaker - Percentages, ratio and budgeting

This resource is part of our Where maths meets the world of work series, which showcases the maths used in different careers. Each video is also linked to one or more activities, so your students can get a real taste of what the career may entail

The video and accompanying resources have been designed so that they can be completed in one hour but there are plenty of opportunities to extend them further or use as part of home learning.

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In this video, you meet Sabina and find out she ended up running her own film making business. You will learn that you need both creative and maths skills to be successful.

There are two different activities to choose from that accompany the video. In the Finance activity, students get to compare what you can earn as a freelancer to the salary you would get if you were employed – and make a decision about what is ‘best’. The maths in photography activity investigates the three pillars of exposure (shutter speed, ISO and aperture), how they are connected and how they work because of maths!
 

Activities

Version A

Curriculum focus: Upper Key Stage 2

Topic: Problem solving using number and measurement

Content:

  • Fractions
  • Operations with larger integers
  • Percentages
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Version B

Curriculum focus: Key Stage 3 and GCSE Foundation

Topic: Problem solving using number and proportion

Content:

  • Percentages
  • Direct and inverse proportion
  • Expressing relationships between variables
  • Recognising and generating sequences
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Version C

Curriculum focus: Higher Tier GCSE

Topic: Problem solving using number and proportion

Content:

  • Percentages
  • Direct and inverse proportion
  • Expressing relationships between variables
  • Recognising and generating sequences
  • Calculate areas of circles
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Version D

Curriculum focus: Core Maths and A level Mathematics

Topic: Solving financial problems and sequences

Content:

  • Making decisions when outcomes aren’t predictable
  • Profit
  • Calculating tax
  • Geometric sequences
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Cross-curricular opportunities

Art and Photography - students can take and edit their own photographs