Functional Maths

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

Pre-exam aural check Level 1 Functional Maths

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sat, 2016-06-25 17:40

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 14:33

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 17:14

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 14:07

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 17:20

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 17:02

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.

Costs of a night out to London

Submitted by Deborah Proudfoot on Mon, 2016-02-01 17:13

Numeracy: Functional Maths

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

This is a set of three (maybe more) lessons which looks at the costs of a night out to London. It starts with students having to look at a train ticket and get the asked information from it – cost/type of ticket/time. It uses addition as students need to find out the cost of two tickets. They then use google to search times of trains. The next session looks at the cost of the theatre ticket and finding out the change you would have from a given amount again researching the theatre on the internet.

Whale Watch Tours - E3-L1 Functional Maths

Submitted by Marion Martin on Thu, 2015-12-31 19:24

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Free tags: Australia

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A worksheet giving details of 4 different whale watching tours (times, cost, accessibility, activities, etc.).

This is followed by 4 different scenarios, each describing a family or group. Students must choose the best tour for each group and work out the costs. As this holiday activity is in Australia, the price are in $AUD.

Stewarding a Festival

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Thu, 2015-10-22 21:03

Numeracy: Functional Maths, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

Context: Employment skills & Public services, Health and safety, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

A Functional Skills based project aimed at my Public Service students who are going to be on a Stewarding course. I linked some questions about rotas and timetables with a question about steward to crowd ratios to tie in with their short course.

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