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.

Olympics 2012 Torch relay

Submitted by Nicola Smith on Thu, 2012-06-14 11:05

Literacy: Speaking & Listening

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Olympics

Context: Sport

Resource type: Discussion points, Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Quiz, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1

Page 1: 8 maths questions relating to olympic torch
Page 2: Picture quiz: who is carrying the torch?
Page 3: Picture quiz: famous UK landmarks.
Page 4: UK cities – anagrams
Page 5: Answers

  • Quizzes on pages 2 and 3 make good ice breakers and can also be used for SL&C discussion prompts.

Engine Maths

Submitted by Marion Martin on Mon, 2012-05-21 22:29

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

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A high interest worksheet which uses the layout of engines to reinforce some basic mathematical concepts, and to encourage reading. Lots of discussion points.
The angle of the V – right angle or acute angle?
Counting in 2s – How may cylinders – 2 rows of 3, etc.

Editor’s note: interesting mix of skills covered from E2 to L1. Focus is on angles but there is also basic doubling and counting in twos so would work well in mixed ability groups.

Shares game

Submitted by Keith Burnett on Sun, 2012-05-13 13:08

Numeracy: N2/L1.8, N2/L1.9, Functional Maths - number, N1/L1.7, N2/L1.10, N1/L2.3, N2/L2.7, N2/L2.8, N2/L2.9

Context: Business & Money management

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Game

A set of cards that can be used to play a game where students have shares in a small company. Each group of three players receives ‘market updates’ in the form of cards that require them to divide a number in a ratio, or find the value of an amount given the value of part of the amount. Students are encouraged to keep full financial records.

Level 1 addition and subtraction word problems

Submitted by Linda M Hoole on Fri, 2012-04-27 17:26

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

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1

I designed this activity as my level 1 learners needed more practice in solving word problems involving addition and subtraction and with reading numbers as words.

I have used a range of vocabulary to indicate the operation required eg. less than, difference, increase and decrease. My learners are mostly parents but the resource would be useful in any area of learning.

The great maths tombola

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2012-03-15 12:26

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

Resource type: Game, Ice breaker, Revision material

Level: E2, E3

A set of cards to cut out and ideally put in plastic balls or a jazzy box. Aimed at E2- E3 Functional Skills learners as an ice breaker, introductory lesson or for revision. Students need to work out the question and identify the maths skills they are using to answer it. Best printed onto card.
Questions are aimed to appeal to young adult students – e.g. clubbing, Facebook, food, mobiles, etc.
Questions cover the 4 operations, money, time, shapes and more.
26 cards. Includes Functional Maths mapping chart.

Sport Relief Functional Maths

Submitted by Deborah Proudfoot on Tue, 2012-03-13 12:47

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - number

Free tags: Sport Relief

Context: Sport, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A Sport Relief task which looks at the dates of the events and the cost of buying products from the Sport Relief shop. It includes reading a calendar and working out the days/weeks left until the event. It also includes questions on comparing, adding, subtracting (working pout change) and halving money. Learners have to read prices from the Sports Relief shop and decide what to buy with a given amount of money.

With answer sheet, and fully mapped to the E2-E3 Functional Maths criteria.

Percentages of quantities top trump cards

Submitted by Judith White on Sun, 2012-03-04 13:19

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

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: L1

Resource type: Game

A set of cards where learners have to find percentages of money.
Note that it is percentage of not off – this should be discussed.

Use as a paired game. Learners share the cards between them, then both turn over one card each. They work out how much their card is worth then the “winner” or person whose card is worth more keeps both cards. Play continues until 1 player has all the cards.

Adapted from Emma Shaw’s Fractions of quantities top trump cards see below.

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

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Resources I designed as a mini project for Functional Skills maths. Also for L1/L2 Adult Numeracy

Editor’s notes:
Includes several recipes including a delicious sounding Spanish flan (some questions involving doubling and halving might also suit Entry Level students), mixing paint, proportion (wages) and some challenging L2 scale map questions. Fully mapped to the Functional Maths criteria.

Reading advertisements - Motorbikes

Submitted by Marion Martin on Thu, 2011-12-29 17:16

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number

Free tags: Australia

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A set of questions about an advertisement for motorbikes. Students are asked to find information about the store, as well as comparing the prices of motorbikes for sale. Provides practice in scanning, skimming, comparing numbers, etc.
Answer key included.

Fraction diagrams

Submitted by Marion Martin on Tue, 2011-12-27 20:05

Pre-entry: General pre-Entry

Numeracy: N2/E2.2, N2/E3.1, Functional Maths - number, N2/E2.1

Free tags: Australia

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

A simplified worksheet which covers labelling fractions, writing the words and a practical exercise in estimating eg: Mark 1/2 cup etc. Uses fractions commonly found in recipes and other practical situations. Ideal for, and mapped to, Functional Maths.

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