Functional Maths

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

Page 1: 8 maths questions relating to olympic torch
Page 2: Picture quiz: who is carrying the torch?
Page 3: Picture quiz: famous UK landmarks.
Page 4: UK cities – anagrams
Page 5: Answers

  • Quizzes on pages 2 and 3 make good ice breakers and can also be used for SL&C discussion prompts.
Level
Level 1
English
Speaking & Listening
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Sport

This carousel of Jubilee tasks was hurriedly put together for a group of 10 E1-E3 Functional Maths and English 16-19 year old learners who had just (very successfully!) finished all their Edexcel Functional Skills assessments.

After a year of hard work from my students, the emphasis was on celebration and fun. However, learning objectives included: measuring, counting, writing an email, spelling, 2D shapes, estimating, rounding and working with money. Rough lesson outline also included.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
History, culture, museums, libraries

An activity to explore money management and negative numbers. Be prepared to signpost students if need be.

The activity starts with discussing who is most likely to get into debt and then by recognising that anyone can if they don’t have good money skills.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
Maths
N1/L2.1
N1/L1.2
AN MSS1/L1.1 Add, subtract, multiply & divide sums of money and record
AN MSS1/E3.1 Add & subtract money using decimal notation
Functional Maths
Context
Business & Money management

A topical investigation that can be used as a group or individual task. Learners imagine they have won tickets in the ballot and must plan their trip to Buckingham Palace.
Ideal for E3-L1 Functional maths, English and ICT but could be easily adapted for higher or lower levels.

Level
Level 1
Entry Level 3
English
Functional English reading
Maths
Functional Maths
ICT
Finding and selecting information
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Art Film Media Music TV

This resource uses the 2012 Olympics cycling road race as a theme and focuses on dates and time. Learners use a calendar to find a day and date, extract information from a table, add times to blank clock faces and carry out simple calculations. There is also a road map of the race with questions to answer.
Fully mapped to E2-E3 Functional Maths

Level
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
Maths
AN MSS1/E3.3
MSS1/E2.4
MSS1/E2.3
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Sport

This resource was written as a seasonal end-of-term numeracy practice for my students. It includes questions on shape and space (room plan), money, fractions and directions.

Fully mapped to the Functional Maths E1-3 criteria.

Level
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths

An adapted version of Zoe Hyde’s Christmas E1-2 Functional Maths (see below) using Australian money. There are other minor edits – for example, the football is sent to New Zealand, not to Europe.
Questions cover almost all of the E1 and E2 UK Functional Skills maths criteria. Includes shapes, size, addition and subtraction, money, reading scales and much more. Fully mapped with teaching tips.

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

I adapted this from Helen Lloyd’s Planning a school party (see below). I used her idea to develop a task that my students could manage on their own while I was doing a first aid course. This version includes an extra task about providing a Santa and gifts, and I also included some simple fraction questions.

I used Helen’s supermarket list for prices of party food etc. As we have no ITC facilities, I downloaded and printed info from www.partydelights.co.uk for pocket money toys.

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

Lovely seasonal set of Functional Maths questions covering almost all of the E1 and E2 Criteria. Includes shapes, size, addition and subtraction, money, reading scales and much more. Fully mapped to FS with teaching tips.

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

A contextualised set of Functional Maths tasks for Hairdressing or Beauty students.
Includes:

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

An alternative version of this worksheet is also available (Handling cash in a garage).
Both worksheets are linked to the “Working with Decimals” lesson plan and PPT by Charlotte Gustar (listed under See also below).

Level
Level 1
Entry Level 3
Maths
AN MSS1/L1.1 Add, subtract, multiply & divide sums of money and record
AN MSS1/E3.1 Add & subtract money using decimal notation
MSS1/E2.1
Functional Maths
Context
Hairdressing & Beauty therapy