Numeracy Resources

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Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS2/L2.2, MSS2/L2.3

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: L2

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

Four challenging Functional Skills maths questions to encourage learners to use diagrams to cut shapes out of different materials. The questions are based on past Edexcel Functional skills exam questions that learners find difficult. Also involves metric conversions.

Editor’s note
Includes answer sheet and curriculum mapping. Excellent coverage of a topic that almost all learners find tricky.

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/L1.11, MSS1/L2.10, MSS2/L2.1, MSS2/L2.3

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: L2

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

Three challenging Functional skills questions to get learners to draw 2D representations of 3D objects using a given scale. The questions are based on an exam question from an Edexcel L2 paper last year that learners found difficult.

Editor’s note
With answers and curriculum mapping.

Percentage Dice Game

Submitted by Sue Knox on Sun, 2017-01-15 17:09

Numeracy: N2/L1.8, N2/L1.9, Functional Maths - number, N2/L2.8

Resource type: Game

Level: E3, L1, L2

A simple but effective dice game to help students become familiar with, and practise, calculating percentages of amounts. You will need to customise 2 dice by writing amounts on one and percentages on the other.

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

FDP (fraction – decimal – percentage) Functional Skills exam style questions at L1 and L2 (plus an extension question). Three lengthy questions.
The focus is on showing step by step, clear working out.

Editor’s note
With answer sheet and curriculum mapping

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Functional English - writing

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money

Free tags: Guy Fawkes

Context: History, Independent living

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A Bonfire Night themed resource covering some aspects of literacy and numeracy.
The resource contains a basic reading comprehension about the History of Bonfire Night. This is followed by a numeracy activity where students have to buy fireworks for a display with a budget of £300. The final activity is a writing task and learners have to create a poster advertising the event.

I created this for an ILS (independent life skills) class but it could be used with Entry Functional Skills learners too.

Car Ferry - Functional Maths

Submitted by Laurence Fletcher on Fri, 2016-09-23 17:00

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Entry level Functional Skills Maths on the theme of vehicles queuing up ready to board a ferry.
Covers many aspects of Functional Maths including: number, position & size, simple lists and charts, and time.

Editor’s note
Two versions available: E1-E2 and E2-E3.
With detailed Functional Maths mapping and teaching tips

Percentages of amounts

Submitted by Samuel Sao on Fri, 2016-09-16 17:57

Pre-entry: N1/M6.3

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

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation

PPT covering

  • Percentages of simple amounts (10%, 50% etc).
  • More challenging amounts (e.g 15%)
  • Percentage increase and decrease.
    Each objective has examples, followed by tasks.

Olympic Rio opening ceremony - Functional English

Submitted by Laura Bell on Tue, 2016-08-16 16:39

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number

Free tags: Olympics

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Writing prompts

A short cloze exercise on the Olympic Opening Ceremony based on numbers (E2-L1), plus a writing activity at 2 levels (E2-3 and L1-L2).

Editor’s note
The cloze is also a clever way of embedding some maths (large numbers).

Handling cash in a restaurant

Submitted by Anne Waddington on Mon, 2016-08-01 08:59

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

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A contextualised set of Functional Maths tasks for catering and hospitalitystudents.
Includes:

  • Counting up money and making up floats
  • Adding up prices and working out change
  • Extracting information from a table

A separate answer sheet is also included.

Adapted from the ‘Salon’ and ‘Garage’ versions of this worksheet by Carrie Bray (20111) – see links below.
All three worksheets are also linked to the “Working with Decimals” lesson plan, PPT & objective checker by Charlotte Gustar (listed under *See also

Postal charges matching activity

Submitted by Chris Farrell on Thu, 2016-07-28 15:38

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money

ESOL: ESOL Reading

Context: Business & Money management, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: E3, L1

I use this in my ESOL Functional Maths classes. I know there are already excellent measures / postal charges resources on Skillsworkshop, but I wanted to do a matching type exercise, which ESOL students are very familiar with.

Working in groups of 2 or 3 it promotes discussion and language development. The money amounts and phrases are cut into slips.

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