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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).

Costa Concordia - inference and bias

Submitted by Jenny Scott on Sun, 2013-02-17 12:34

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Politics & News items

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Level: L2

This is a news article about the sinking of the Costa Concordia. It is focused on an account of the situation as reported by the local mayor.
The article is accompanied by questions about what might be inferred from the account, what might be the mayor’s opinion and whether or not the account is biased. The questions have been used with adults studying for Edexcel Functional Skills at Level 2.

Inference - Whitney Houston

Submitted by Jenny Scott on Thu, 2013-02-14 10:19

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Politics & News items

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

This is a news article about the death of Whitney Houston followed by a series of questions which ask the reader to decide whether statements in the artice are true, false or inferred.

I have used it with several groups of adult learners who were working towards Edexcel level 2 Functional Skills. They really enjoyed discussiong the article. I did make an answer sheet but I changed it so many times in the light of discussion with different groups that I decided it was best to let them make up their own minds.

Market Stall

Submitted by Ruth Read on Wed, 2013-02-13 15:20

Numeracy: Functional Maths, N1/E2.7, N1/E2.8, MSS1/E3.1, N1/E3.9, MSS1/E3.2, N1/L1.10, MSS1/L1.1, N1/L2.5

Context: Business & Money management, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Investigation or project

I put this together to explore number calculations and word problems with a mixed group of adult learners, looking at estimating, ways of checking your calculations and ways of reversing calculations.

The learners really enjoyed discussing the idea of running a market stall (they worked in pairs) and came up with lots of ideas of things they could sell. I encouraged them to keep the number of items and the prices/costs simple – otherwise the maths got a bit out of hand!

Counting and using money

Submitted by Joaquin Llorente on Tue, 2013-02-12 15:56

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E1.1, MSS1/E2.1, N1/E2.1, N1/E3.1

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

Teaching learners at Entry Level I have found that many of them have difficulties using coins to pay for their snacks or checking their change.

This resource includes a collection of worksheets that start with several number sequences counting in twos, then move on to count the total value of different number of 2p coins and finish asking the learner to count the number of 2p coins that they need to make up different amounts.

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.

Jumbled Poems & Limericks

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Mon, 2013-02-11 12:14

Literacy: Poetry, Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E2.2, SLlr/E1.2

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.2

General: Dyslexia support

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Resource type: Game, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: E1, E2, E3

This resource helps learners hear rhymes and recognise corresponding letters/digraphs, rimes and onsets etc. Take simple limericks and poems and get your learners to put them together.

I created my own limericks to match work we had been doing on long vowel sounds (it is not that difficult to do once you get started).

Functional Skills mobile phone investigation

Submitted by Neil Carver on Thu, 2013-02-07 09:42

Numeracy: Functional Maths, N2/L1.10, N1/E3.7, N2/L1.2, MSS1/L1.9, N1/L1.8, N2/L1.5, N2/L1.12, N2/L1.7

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

An activity using mobile phones. Students could also do a warm-up by measuring and weighing real phones (switched off)!

The lesson was designed for an E3 young learner class. The last section, using percentage changes, might suit stronger learners (L1 extension).

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to the Functional Maths criteria. Covers rounding whole nos. and decimals, money, percentages, fractions and area.

Functional Skills activity - phone contracts

Submitted by Neil Carver on Wed, 2013-02-06 20:32

Numeracy: Functional Maths, HD1/E2.1, MSS1/E2.2, HD1/E3.1, MSS1/E3.1, HD1/E3.2

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

An activity that gets students to analyse information from a table on different phone contracts. Covers extracting data, basic number and money.

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: Politics & News 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”).

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