Functional Maths

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

A short set of questions based on a pictorial map of The Mall and surrounding area for the Patron’s Lunch event held on June 12 2016. Would make a good starter activity especially if the map was displayed on a large screen or interactive whiteboard (link is provided in addition to an image in the PDF).
Focuses on interpreting map keys; shape, space & position, and basic number.
With curriculum mapping and answers.
Postscript

Level
E3
E2
E1
Maths
Functional Maths
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Leisure Travel Tourism
History

A comprehensive list of Level 1 maths topics and descriptions.

Students to match the correct description to each topic. Then RAG (red, amber, green) rate their skills for each one using colour stickers. You can then use results to work on “Top 3 trickiest” skills, etc.

Editor’s note Ideal for start of the term or year, and also for final revision.

Level
L1
Maths
Functional Maths
General
Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections

Two differentiated investigations: one aimed at E3 learners, the other at L1.
Each covers a wide range of skills – including measures, bar charts, sell by dates, shapes and money. The L1 version includes a ‘best-buy’ section and fractions.
Adapted from previous Skillsworkshop resources including Easter Numeracy (Carrie Bray 2010) and Easter Eggs – Value for money? (Judith White, 2012). These can be found under “See also” below.
Tutor warning

Level
L1
E3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths

Based on three recent articles about sugar in food and drinks – with a special focus on high sugar drinks sold by popular High Street coffee shops.

The articles are followed by six pages of challenging differentiated questions for E3-L2 Functional Maths – all are based on the articles. Topics include large numbers; fraction, decimal & percentage equivalents, averages & range, extracting information from tables, and the four operations.

Also includes embedded Functional English.

Level
L2
L1
E3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Health, Social care, Early years
Catering Food Nutrition

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
E3
E2
Maths
Functional Maths
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

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
L1
E3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

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
L2
L1
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Functional Maths
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Health and safety
Employment skills & Public services

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
L2
L1
Maths
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
L2
L1
E3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
News, Politics & Government items

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
L1
E3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Voluntary & Charity