Functional Maths - number

Resources particularly suitable for teaching and underpinning Functional Mathematics. May cover any or all of the following topics: place value, rounding, 4 operations (inc. doubling and halving), estimation, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion, negative numbers, simple formulae and equations.

Stoptober maths - the cost of smoking

Submitted by Rachel Pearson on Thu, 2013-10-10 16:20

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/L1.9, N1/L2.6, N2/L1.11, N2/L2.10

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Worksheet or assignment

I have created this to enable learners to estimate and calculate and to emphasis the (financial) costs of smoking.
Editor’s note
With Functional maths mapping.

Times tables grids

Submitted by Marcus Elliott on Thu, 2013-10-03 15:32

Numeracy: N1/E2.5, Functional Maths - number, N1/E3.4, N1/E3.5, N1/L1.5, N1/L1.6

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Handout or guide, On-screen activity or video, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3, L1

This is a set of part-blanked times tables grids for students to complete and use as a resource. Used with Entry level students. Includes 10×10 and 12×20 grids, with full and gap versions.

Editor’s note
Can be printed and completed on paper, or used on-screen.

Coded construction maths

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Thu, 2013-10-03 10:06

Numeracy: N1/E2.3, N1/E3.2, Functional Maths - number, N1/E2.10, N1/E3.4, N1/E3.10

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Addition and subtraction task I use in induction sessions with Entry level construction students.
Students need to use the code to work out the ‘value’ of each word. They can then use the answers for the second page.
Normally I give out the first page and use the second as an extension task.

Editor’s note
With answers and curriculum mapping

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition)

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology, Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

This maths investigation brings awareness about reusable energy and therefore, sustainability. Students are asked to analyse data and make decisions through connecting a few different topics of mathematics such as large numbers, rational numbers (including ratio and scale), handling data and elements of geometry. Moreover, the project can be continued by English language tutors.

BetterWorld Books

Submitted by Helen Connell on Tue, 2013-09-10 15:17

Numeracy: Number, Functional Maths - number

Free tags: starter

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

This is a worksheet based on data supplied by a librarian. The library had been collecting second hand books from people and sent them to BetterWorld Books. The librarian told me that 688 books had been sent and then provided the information of what would be saved, earned or donated if there were 1000 books sent. The worksheet asks the students to work out the quantities for all the books that had been sent.

Place value / numbers as words / ordering

Submitted by Susan Vickers on Wed, 2013-03-06 17:07

Numeracy: Place value and counting, Functional Maths - number

Resource type: Game, Sort or match cards

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Print and cut in to 3 sets of cards. Can be used in a number of ways – match the underlined digit with the corresponding card for it’s place value OR match the words with numbers OR use for ordering numbers. Can be differentiated with size of numbers.

Cocktails and smoothie ratios - extension tasks

Submitted by Stella Jales on Thu, 2013-02-21 11:48

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/L1.7, N1/L2.3

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity

Hands-on extension tasks for various Skillsworkshop cocktail and smoothie resources. (Original resources can be found under “see also” below).

Pythagoras' Theorem

Submitted by Louise Dumbell on Mon, 2013-02-11 16:16

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/L2.4

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation

This PowerPoint was used to introduce Pythagoras’ Theorem to Functional Skills college students whose main course work is to do with the Building Trades (Carpenters, Electricians). The last 4 slides therefore deal with using Pythagoras’ theorem to calculate the length of roof rafters.

Editor’s note
I realise that using Pythagoras’ theorem is beyond the scope of L2 Functional Maths Exams but this is a very useful PPT due to the vocational questions. Would also be useful for GCSE Maths.

Miniature Earth percentages

Submitted by Helen Connell on Wed, 2013-02-06 19:34

Numeracy: N2/L1.8, N2/L1.9, Functional Maths - number

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

Resource type: Interactive presentation, On-screen activity or video

Using a video from YouTube ( about the miniature earth I have created this PowerPoint on percentages. It will work well with John Thompson’s easy percentage worker-outer and Margaret Adams’ Calculating percentages as quantities (links below under “See also”).

Place value subtraction game

Submitted by Emma Hayward on Thu, 2013-01-24 12:16

Numeracy: N1/E2.3, N1/E3.2, Functional Maths - number, N1/E2.1, N1/E3.1, N1/L1.1, N1/L1.3

Resource type: Game, Warm-up

Level: E2, E3, L1

Place value game involving dice and calculators. Helps build confidence with place value.
Can be used with all ability levels and easy to adapt.

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