# Functional Maths - handling information and data

Resources particularly suitable for teaching and underpinning Functional Mathematics. 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; mean, mode, median and range (and interpreting statistics); probability inc. combined events.

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.

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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.

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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.**

Based on two recent articles / surveys on Black Friday shopping, the main focus of this resource is Functional Mathematics but there is also an introductory page of English questions that check vocabulary, purpose of text and the ability to extract meaning from graphical material and captions.

This is followed by three pages of challenging differentiated questions for E3-L2 Functional Maths – all are based on the infographics within the text. Topics include large numbers, percentages, fractions and the four operations.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is a rich source of data, charts and graphs.In particular, infographics are becoming ever more popular. They can tell complex statistical stories in an easy to grasp manner but also open doors to further mathematical interpretation and investigation.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is a rich source of data, charts and graphs.In particular, infographics are becoming ever more popular. They can tell complex statistical stories in an easy to grasp manner but also open doors to further mathematical interpretation and investigation.

A very useful answer sheet (in Excel) for the World Cup ages: mean median mode and range resource from Hamid Hamitoglu.