# Functional Maths

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

## Costs of a night out to London

This is a set of three (maybe more) lessons which looks at the costs of a night out to London. It starts with students having to look at a train ticket and get the asked information from it – cost/type of ticket/time. It uses addition as students need to find out the cost of two tickets. They then use google to search times of trains. The next session looks at the cost of the theatre ticket and finding out the change you would have from a given amount again researching the theatre on the internet.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Maths
Functional Maths
ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Finding and selecting information
Context
Leisure, Hobbies, Travel & Tourism

## Whale Watch Tours - E3-L1 Functional Maths

A worksheet giving details of 4 different whale watching tours (times, cost, accessibility, activities, etc.).

This is followed by 4 different scenarios, each describing a family or group. Students must choose the best tour for each group and work out the costs. As this holiday activity is in Australia, the price are in \$AUD. An extra exercise could be to use the current exchange rate to work out the cost in your own currency.Includes answers.

Level
Level 1
Entry Level 3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Leisure, Hobbies, Travel & Tourism

## Stewarding a Festival

A Functional Skills based project aimed at my Public Service students who are going to be on a Stewarding course. I linked some questions about rotas and timetables with a question about steward to crowd ratios to tie in with their short course.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Functional Maths
Context
Leisure, Hobbies, Travel & Tourism
Health and safety
Employment skills & Public services

## L1-2 Maths revision pack - Functional Skills

I have created a small revision booklet on some of the topics that come up at Level 1 and 2 Edexcel Functional Skills Maths exams. This pack can be used for learners to complete self directed study or can be used alongside lessons. I have left it generic so can be adapted to suit different vocations.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Maths
Functional Maths

## Plastic bag charge E3-L2 Functional Maths

Very topical and challenging set of tasks based on a news report about the new 5p charge for plastic carrier bags introduced in England on October 5 2015.

Questions range from Entry 3 to high Level 2 and cover dates, large numbers, bar charts, averages, interpreting data in tables, mean average and percentages. It also challenges learners’ reading and English comprehension skills. Bar chart question requires graph paper or Excel.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
News, Politics & Government items

## Comic Relief maths E3 & L1

Two great resources for Red Nose Day, differentiated for L1 and E3.
Each covers many aspects of Functional Maths. Topics include money, ratio, proportion, fractions, extracting from tables, mean and range, calendars and much more.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Voluntary, Charity and Community

## Top tips for L2 Functional Skills Maths tests

Top Tips for Maths tests is a handout/classroom resource that can be used as an activity or as a handout.

It takes learners through the process of working out a complex Level 2 Maths question, with reference to how the marks can be gained, and the maths skills required to complete the question. The question is taken from IQ sample assessment materials http://www.industryqualifications.org.uk/sectors/functionalskills and builds on common mistakes made by learners during ‘live’ assessments.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths
General
Exam tips and help

## Conversion graph tasks: metres and feet

I have created this worksheet to assess learners studying maths at level 2 in solving problems which involve extracting and interpreting continuous data from the conversion line graph metres to feet and calculating, comparing and estimating with units of length in the Imperial and metric system.

Level
Level 2
Maths
MSS1/L2.6
HD1/L2.1
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Functional Maths

## Top Tips for Functional Maths exams

Mainly written for L1 and L2 test preparation this is also suitable for Entry Level 3

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
Maths
Functional Maths
General
Exam tips and help

## Christmaths Quiz for E3

A seasonal themed maths quiz I created for my E3 students using Carrie Bray’s excellent “45 Christmas Questions” resource as a base. It was designed to provide a fun informal assessment on some of the topics covered in the half-term leading to Christmas.

A Level 1 version is also available.

Editor’s note
You can find Carrie’s original resource (which covered E3-L2) under See also below.

Level
Entry Level 3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths