Functional Maths

Resources (covering a wide range of number, measure and data topics) particularly suitable for teaching and underpinning Functional Mathematics.

A data chart of average monthly high and low temperatures for a selection of world cities is used to answer functional maths questions.

Skills tested include accuracy of reading data, ordering positive and negative numbers, calculating the mean and range of data including negative numbers.

There is a tricky anagram to finish off the worksheet, which will appeal to some leaners who like puzzles and wordskills.

The chart could be used separately and many other questions devised from the information it contains.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Maths
MSS1/E3.9
N1/L2.1
N1/L1.2
MSS1/E2.8
HD1/L1.1
HD1/E3.1
HD1/L1.4
HD1/L1.3
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Functional Maths
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

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.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Maths
N1/L2.5
AN MSS1/L1.1 Add, subtract, multiply & divide sums of money and record
N1/L1.10
MSS1/E3.2
N1/E3.9
AN MSS1/E3.1 Add & subtract money using decimal notation
N1/E2.8
N1/E2.7
Functional Maths
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Business & Money management

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.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Maths
AN N2/L1.7
N2/L1.12
AN N2/L1.5 Calculate with decimals up to 2dp
N1/L1.8
MSS1/L1.9
N2/L1.2
N1/E3.7
N2/L1.10
Functional Maths
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

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

Level
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
Maths
HD1/E3.2
AN MSS1/E3.1 Add & subtract money using decimal notation
HD1/E3.1
MSS1/E2.2
HD1/E2.1
Functional Maths
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

A 12-question test, designed for an Adult Numeracy class consisting largely of ESOL speakers.
Covers the terms “import” and “export”, since these often crop up in exams. Also mean, mode, median and range, and the meanings of “discount”, “under”, “approximately”, “difference” and “enlarged”. A little fraction revision, too: students have to identify 1/3 as “one-third”.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
ESOL
ESOL Reading
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Covers geometric drawings, area, perimeter, money, metric measures, tallies, line graphs and much more.
Fully mapped to the Functional Maths criteria and process skills. With answer sheet.

Editor’s note
Wonderful open ended project. Ideal for E3-L2 mixed ability groups.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
Maths
MSS2/L2.2
MSS2/L2.1
MSS2/L1.2
HD1/L2.1
MSS2/L1.1
HD1/L1.1
HD1/E3.1
MSS1/L1.8
Functional Maths
Context
Gardening & Horticulture

Students design a board game to demonstrate their learning. This can incorporate IT skills (Word template provided below) or can be done with paper, card and pens.

I originally did this with an E2E group and it proved popular. It’s an alternative to the “design a poster” task to review learning. The instructions are set out as a board game. it can be used for literacy, numeracy, ICT or ESOL.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
ESOL
General ESOL
ICT
Functional ICT
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

This resource has been designed using ideas in the popular Celebrity BMI resource (From Janet Wilkins – see below) already available on Skillsworkshop but adapted to suit the needs of Entry/ Level 1 learners.

Level
Level 1
Entry Level 3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

An animated PowerPoint presentation (86 slides) that covers several topics: Fractions & Percentages;Units of Measure; Charts & Graphs; Ratio, Scale & Proportion; Perimeter, Area & Volume; Averages and Range. There are also some links for a planned inclusion of other topics at a later date (Time & Money, Tables and Formulae).

This presentation can be used in class, driven by the teacher, but it is also ideal as a guide for self-study.

Not really suitable for handouts, as there are many animated sequences that would overlap on the printed page.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths

[img_assist|nid=5329|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=70]A set of differentiated tasks for construction students. I used the E3-L1 task with my Entry to L1 group and then the more challenging task with my L1-L2 students.

The use of measure is aways useful for my students as it is something they need to practise constantly given their vocational areas. The lesson was enjoyed by all, especially the hands-on measuring task prompted lots of fun and discussion. Encourage students to get others to check their measurements and validate their results.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
Maths
HD1/L2.4
HD1/E3.1
HD1/L2.3
HD1/L1.4
HD1/L1.3
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Functional Maths
Context
Painting Decorating & DIY
Construction Carpentry Plumbing