Functional Maths

Resources (covering a wide range of number, measure and data topics) particularly suitable for teaching and underpinning Functional Mathematics.

Car Ferry - Functional Maths

Submitted by Laurence Fletcher on Fri, 2016-09-23 17:00

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Entry level Functional Skills Maths on the theme of vehicles queuing up ready to board a ferry.
Covers many aspects of Functional Maths including: number, position & size, simple lists and charts, and time.

Editor’s note
Two versions available: E1-E2 and E2-E3.
With detailed Functional Maths mapping and teaching tips

Typical Seaside Holiday - entry maths

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2016-07-13 19:49

Numeracy: Functional Maths

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Based on an infographic from the I Newspaper at https://twitter.com/iNewsGraphics/status/752825714920095744
this makes an ideal starter activity and discussion prompt with the infographic displayed on a large screen.
Can also be used as a traditional paper based worksheet, aimed at E1-E3 Functional Maths learners – questions cover graphs & charts, number, shapes and position.

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Free tags: Wimbledon

Context: Sport

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Assessment material, Worksheet or assignment

.A gigantic worksheet / assessment pack based on Facts & Stats from the official Wimbledon site in 2016. Covers almost all aspects of Functional Maths and is split into differentiated sections covering Entry Level 2 to Level 2.
*Minor update 3/7/16* – extra line graph question and improved graph paper.

Editor’s note
A separate answer sheet / mapping / score sheet is also available for regular contributors only. Please use ‘contact us’ (or email me direct) to request a copy of the 8 page PDF.

Pre-exam aural check Level 1 Functional Maths

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sat, 2016-06-25 16:40

Numeracy: Functional Maths

Resource type: Assessment material, Listening and/or speaking activity, Revision material

Level: L1


This aural check was used to assess learners before they attended my intensive 1:1 support / revision sessions for the Level 1 Functional Maths exam. These were generally students that I had not met or taught before.

Normally, I spend several sessions getting to know a learner and his or her mathematical strengths and difficulties. However, time was short and precious at the end of the year so I devised this check that was delivered and marked by vocational staff or LSAs.

EU members - interpreting infographics

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Fri, 2016-06-24 13:33

Numeracy: Functional Maths, HD1/L1.1, HD1/L2.1

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

A set of differentiated Functional Skills tasks aimed at E3-L2 maths and L1-2 English reading. Based on a well designed, unbiased infographic published on the eve of the EU referendum by the I newspaper.
With answers and detailed FS mapping.

Manage your own money

Submitted by Dawn Morris on Wed, 2016-06-22 16:14

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Context: Business & Money management, Independent living

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Investigation or project

Comprehensive, step by step 12 page workbook.
Students must research their own budgets and local financial institutions before making major financial decision such as costing an event and taking out a loan to buy a car.
Covers money, decimals, ratio and percentages (interest rates). Fully mapped to E2-L1 Functional Maths.

Numeracy: Functional Maths

Context: History, Leisure Travel Tourism, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

A short set of questions based on a pictorial map of The Mall and surrounding area for the Patron’s Lunch event held on June 12 2016.

L1 Functional Maths self assessment activity

Submitted by Hannah James on Mon, 2016-05-09 13:07

Numeracy: Functional Maths

General: Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections

Level: L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Tracking or mapping

A comprehensive list of Level 1 maths topics and descriptions.

Students to match the correct description to each topic. Then RAG (red, amber, green) rate their skills for each one using colour stickers. You can then use results to work on “Top 3 trickiest” skills, etc.

Editor’s note Ideal for start of the term or year, and also for final revision.

Easter Eggs Functional Maths investigations

Submitted by Geraldine Cruse on Sun, 2016-03-20 16:20

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Free tags: Easter

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

Two differentiated investigations: one aimed at E3 learners, the other at L1.
Each covers a wide range of skills – including measures, bar charts, sell by dates, shapes and money. The L1 version includes a ‘best-buy’ section and fractions.
Adapted from previous Skillsworkshop resources including Easter Numeracy (Carrie Bray 2010) and Easter Eggs – Value for money? (Judith White, 2012).

Sugar levels in food E3-L2 Functional Maths

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sun, 2016-02-21 16:02

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Health, Social care, Early years, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Based on three recent articles about sugar in food and drinks – with a special focus on high sugar drinks sold by popular High Street coffee shops.

The articles are followed by six pages of challenging differentiated questions for E3-L2 Functional Maths – all are based on the articles. Topics include large numbers; fraction, decimal & percentage equivalents, averages & range, extracting information from tables, and the four operations.

Also includes embedded Functional English.

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