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.

Ways of adding and subtracting

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Wed, 2011-12-21 15:30

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

Resource type: Informative presentation

Level: E2, E3

Adapted from old BBC Skillswise worksheets, this PPT presents different ways of adding and subtracting (numberlines, rounding and splitting).

Working with decimals

Submitted by Charlotte Gustar on Mon, 2011-10-31 16:37

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N2/E3.3, N2/E3.5, N2/L1.6

Context: Hairdressing & Beauty therapy, Motor vehicles & Transport, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Informative presentation, Lesson plan

A detailed lesson plan accompanied by a PPT and a lesson objective checker sheet. The lesson recaps place value and introduces students to decimals and using money in practical situations.

The PPT is an adaptation two other PPT resources I have used on skillsworkshop: ‘Multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100’ by Elaine Baskerville, and ‘Pounds to pence’ by Jennifer Williamson. Two contextualised worksheets (Salon and Garage), written by Carrie Bray, are also linked to the lesson plan.

Fractions of quantities top trump cards

Submitted by Emma Shaw on Fri, 2011-09-16 19:45

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N2/L1.2, Mental maths

Resource type: Game, Sort or match cards

Level: L1

A set of cards where learners have to find fractions of money. I use this as a paired game where the learners share the cards between them, then both turn over one cardeach. 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.

Working with alcohol units

Submitted by Charlotte Gustar on Tue, 2011-09-13 12:01

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number, N1/L1.7, N1/L1.10, HD1/L1.1

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Drug awareness

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation, Worksheet or assignment

This lesson is designed to embed adding and subtracting, ratio and proportion, etc. whilst looking at the important issue of alcohol consumption and units. Students are able to look at the RDA of alcohol consumption, binge drinking, etc. in the introductory PPT.

Interactive rounding resources

Submitted by Emma Hayward on Mon, 2011-09-05 16:04

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/E3.7, N1/L1.8

Resource type: Interactive whiteboard, Interactive worksheet

Level: E3, L1

Introduce the topic using the Smart Notebook activity.
8 identical pages, each with a blank number line, a movable arrow to show the position of the number to be rounded and a sentence at the bottom to state what is happening.
Learners can fill in the ends of the number line to see what values are relevant to the question i.e. rounding 23 to the nearest 10 would be either 20 or 30 as an answer.

Foods that we like!

Submitted by Kathryn Fleming on Mon, 2011-08-29 18:22

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, SLc/E1.3, SLc/E2.2, SLc/E2.3, SLlr/L1.6

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number, HD1/E1.1, HD1/E2.4, HD1/E3.3

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E1, E2, E3

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

Find out and record everyone’s favorites from a diverse list of foods. Use as an icebreaker in any Entry Level literacy, numeracy, Functional Skills or ESOL lesson.

Also ties in well with lessons on diversity, healthy eating, collecting data, making / taking simple surveys, tallies, counting, asking questions, etc.

Mapped to Functional Maths and SfL adult numeracy, Functional English (speaking, listening and communication) and SfL adult literacy.

E2-E3 Multiplication resources

Submitted by Danielle Nelson on Sun, 2011-08-28 17:12

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

Resource type: Informative presentation, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

A cheerful and very clear PPT introduces the idea of multiplication to E2-E3 Functional Maths learners. Accompanied by a 3 page worksheet. Two pages of number problems and one page with a mix of multiplication, addition and subtraction ‘word’ problems.

Smarties fractions

Submitted by Janet Sutton on Fri, 2011-08-26 19:08

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N2/L2.3, N2/L2.4

Free tags: Smarties & Love Hearts

Level: L2

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Worksheet or assignment

Another great worksheet in the never-ending Smarties series. Three level 2 tasks covering evaluating one number as a fraction of another, and adding and subtracting fractions. You will need at least one tube of Smarties.

Alcohol units and decimals

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2011-08-14 08:46

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N2/E3.5

Free tags: Drug awareness

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Health, Social care, Early years

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

An original idea to engage FS students in decimals. Involves extracting information from tables and adding up decimals. Also useful for catering / hospitality students as it contains an element on responsibility when serving of drinks.
Ideal for embedding Functional Mathematics.
Note: this resource was the inspiration for the Working with Alcohol units (see below).

Country Foods - understanding food labels

Submitted by Jane Clamp on Fri, 2011-07-22 12:35

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N2/E3.3, N1/E3.1, HD1/E3.1

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.7

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Health, Social care, Early years

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3


An interesting worksheet that covers both literacy and numeracy. Best used with an interactive food label on the UK Government Eatwell site but the questions can also be answered using the provided printout.
Covers reading comprehension (scanning), extracting information from tables, using decimals and place value.

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