Functional Maths

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

A great set of topical questions covering whole numbers (multiplication, addition, subtraction), money, simple fractions/halving and percentages, tallies, symmetry and time. Aimed at Entry 3 but some questions are at E2 or L1. Provides useful revision at any time of year.
20 questions with plenty of space for showing working-out. Fully mapped to the E2-E3 Functional Maths criteria.
Note:an L1-2 version of this resource is also available.

Level
Entry Level 3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

A simulation of the AV and FPTP voting system first used in an Entry Level Functional Maths and English class on Referendum day May 5th 2011.

Students vote for their favourite chocolate and compare the results when using the two different systems.

Resource includes AV and FPTP ballot papers, ballot box labels and a polling station poster. Plus links to voting information videos and easy-read referendum information leaflets.

Level
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1
English
Functional English reading
Maths
Functional Maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Independent living

This uses the Olympic games 2012 as a focus.The main emphasis is maths / numeracy but ICT and English reading skills are also covered.

[img_assist|nid=4367|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=70|height=100]Learners will read dates by looking at a calendar and marking on when the Olympics start and finish (including the Paralympics), read times that the football events start and finish and put these on a clockface, and read prices of tickets of a match that they choose. There are also questions on shapes, number, money and doubling.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1
English
Functional English reading
Maths
Functional Maths
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Using ICT
Context
Sport

A revision of E3 (and some E2) numeracy skills all themed around England. Written for St George’s Day but can be used any time of year. Great for equality and diversity.
Question themes include: street parties and English weather.
Topics covered include writing large numbers, calendars, time, symmetry, money, division, rounding, money, bar charts, temperature, fractions and tallies.

Level
Entry Level 3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

Addition and subtraction problem solving – ideal for, and fully mapped to, Entry 2 Functional Maths. Includes ideas for covering process skills.

Level
Entry Level 2
Maths
HD1/E2.1
N1/E2.7
N1/E2.4
AN N1/E2.3
Functional Maths

A Functional Maths project for Entry 2/3 students. It requires students to read and interpret information from a hair salon appointment book. To use add, subtract and multiply; calculate stock and cost of services. Students must use the given appointment book throughout the whole project as well as show their working out and check their answers. It is a good introduction to the Functional Skills requirements of using all the information given rather than treating each question as a separate entity.
Fully mapped to the Functional Maths criteria.

Level
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
Maths
AN MSS1/E3.3
HD1/E3.1
MSS1/E2.2
HD1/E2.1
AN N1/E2.3
Functional Maths
Context
Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

I created this resource as practice in data handling for a Level 1 Functional Maths group and it covers skills from Entry 3 to Level 2. It includes creating tallies and charts, using a distance chart, calculating average and range, and working with money. It is fully mapped to the Functional Maths criteria and includes an answer sheet.

My students are 16-18, and have a limited knowledge of geography, so I included an outline map of the UK (not included in the resource) and got them to use a road map to find and mark the cities and towns that are on the distance chart.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
Maths
MSS1/L1.5
Collect organise represent
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Functional Maths
ICT
Charts & graphs
Context
Sport
Leisure Travel Tourism

This task is aimed at E1-E2 learners but can be adapted to include other levels.
The resource is great to use with learners as a mobile phone is something of interest to them whilst they also complete lots of maths activities. It has numbers to 10 in digits and words, writing a cheque, extracting information, addition, different ways to make 10p, and prices.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1
English
General literacy / English
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Independent living
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Six Functional Maths tasks based on a theme of cooking pancakes in a college canteen. Plenty of space is provided for showing working out and many questions have no single correct answer (as, in a true functional fashion, these will depend on the students’ ideas and research).

Covers number, ratio, tallies, fractions, money and measures. All three process skills are amply covered. Particularly suitable for Shrove Tuesday but can be used all year round.

Level
Level 1
Entry Level 3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

An adapted version of Judith White’s pancake resource aimed at Level 1 (see below). I have created this resource to use with Entry 3 (and slightly higher E3/L1) learners.

Four tasks based on a traditional pancake recipe. Space is provided for showing working out and one task involves independent web research.

Covers number, simple proportion, money, time and measures. All three process skills are covered.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Maths
Functional Maths
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
AN Length weight capacity temperature scales
Money
Time
ICT
Entry 3 ICT
Context
Catering Food Nutrition