# Functional Maths - handling information and data

Resources particularly suitable for teaching and underpinning** Functional Mathematics - handling information and data.** May cover any or all of the following topics:

- sorting and classifying data
- extracting and representing data from/in lists, tables, charts, graphs, frequency tables, and scatter diagrams (including grouped data)
- mean, mode, median and range (and interpreting statistics)
- probability including combined events.

A new series of comprehensive Functional Skills Maths books now available from talented mathematician and teacher Marsida Horeshka who you may already know from her popular Functional Skills maths site **https://marscademy.com/**** **(previously known as Maths Made Fun). The three Entry Level books are now available on Amazon (and soon from other booksellers).

Simon from Here to Teach (HTT) has many wonderful work-throughs of Edexcel and C&G Functional Maths papers (E3 , L1, L2). Well paced with very excellent audio and video, showing clear methods and working out c. Marvellous for learners to watch over and over as many times as needed. Both non-calculator and non-calculator papers are covered. This paper has a floristry theme but provides practice and revision for any vocational area (or indeed no vocational area!).

I recommend subscribing to Simon's channel to keep up-to-date with all his maths videos.

An incredible collection of free worksheets from OUP. Designed to support the excellent book ‘Maths the Basics’ by June Haighton et al (see our separate entry about this book) but can be used independently. I haven’t looked at them all ( there are more than a 100 - plus answer sheets!) but they seem to cover Entry Level 3 to Level 2.

In addition there are many other useful downloads including tips and hints for non-specialists on delivering Functional Skills maths, English and ICT and much more.

This is a resource I've designed to be a homework/classwork support for L1 Functional Skills maths (reform).

**Editor's notes**

A wonderful 104-page compilation of resources covering almost every aspect of Level 1 Reformed Functional Maths. With curriculum mapping and links to further resources. **Note this project includes resources from many excellent free web sites** - please read the notes on the front cover sheet and page 104 for further information.

I have found that although some learners are able to calculate averages, they often struggle to interpret the results. This resource has been designed with this in mind.

**Editor’s note**

With answers, plus detailed curriculum mapping for both GCSE and Functional Maths

This resource uses several tables of data and requires the user to complete calculations based on the data such as mean, median, mode and range as well as percentages and rounding. There is also a task where the learner must create a chart based on a table of data.

**Editor’s note**

There is something for everyone in this robust resource as it’s split into three sections: weather, Premier League and Glastonbury Festival. With answers and curriculum mapping.

5 questions based on functional skills exam questions where learners find the probability of an event happening.

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.

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.**