Numeracy Resources

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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.

How much?

Submitted by Marion Martin on Wed, 2016-07-27 19:10

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A worksheet suitable for those who have difficulty relating number amounts to the value of items. A hamburger £5 – a jacket £50. Exercises: write in the correct prices, match the word to the number, answer which is cheaper / more expensive. Includes answer key.

Editor’s note
This resources is available in UK pounds or Australian dollars. Ideal for E1-2 Functional Maths.

Typical Seaside Holiday - entry maths

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2016-07-13 19:49

Numeracy: Functional Maths

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Based on an infographic from the I Newspaper at https://twitter.com/iNewsGraphics/status/752825714920095744
this makes an ideal starter activity and discussion prompt with the infographic displayed on a large screen.
Can also be used as a traditional paper based worksheet, aimed at E1-E3 Functional Maths learners – questions cover graphs & charts, number, shapes and position.

Maths at Work - all 4 number functions

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Mon, 2016-07-04 09:54

Numeracy: N1/E3.2, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number, N1/E3.4, N2/E3.3, N1/E3.5, N2/E3.5, MSS1/E3.1, N1/E3.6, MSS1/E3.2, N1/L1.3, MSS1/L1.1, N1/L1.5

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Revision of all 4 number functions (+,-,x,÷). Originally aimed at JobCentrePlus Upskill clients but suitable for all. Contexts include office, fast food restaurant, and care home The first page is adapted from Liverpool Community College Flexipacks. All other work is original.

Editor’s note
Includes Functional Maths mapping (E3-L2)

Quiz team conundrum

Submitted by Paul Burnett on Fri, 2016-07-01 15:28

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/L1.3, HD1/L1.4, HD1/L2.3, HD1/L2.4

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

This is a data handling activity aimed at L1/2 learners that involves calculating the mean and range, constructing a bar chart and then making sense of what the results mean in a functional context.

More observant learners may rename this activity ‘Sophie’s choice’!

Graph or squared paper is needed for question 3.

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