Adult Numeracy, Functional Maths, and GCSE Resources

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Two Excel spreadsheets to track students performance in Functional Skills Maths and Functional Skills English from Entry Level 1 up until Level 2. Can be used by teachers and I also send electronically or print them off and give students to complete themselves. 

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
English
Functional Skills English
Maths
Functional Maths

A good way for learners to understand the importance of using reverse calculations to check an answer to a previous question.  These check questions are appearing more and more in functional skills exams. I hope you find it as useful as I and my learners do.

Editor's note

Carefully differentiated practice in this important skill. All four operations (+, -, x, ÷) are covered. A set of 15 practical problems. An important and useful resource: so many learners lose marks by omitting checks to their work. No answer sheet. An E2-3 version is also available.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM Straightforward problem(s) with more than 1 step
FM E3.2 Add & subtract 3-digit whole numbers
FM E3.3 Divide 3-digit numbers by 1- & 2-digit numbers, express remainders
FM E3.4 Multiply 2-digit numbers by 1- & 2-digit numbers
FM E3.10 Calculate with money using decimal notation & express money correctly in writing in pounds and pence
FM E3.21 Extract information from lists, tables, diagrams, charts; create frequency tables
L1.2 Recognise and use positive and negative numbers
FM L1.4 Use multiplication facts and make connections with division facts
L1.11 Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals up to two decimal places

A good way for learners to understand the importance of using reverse calculations to check an answer to a previous question.  These check questions are appearing more and more in functional skills exams. I hope you find it as useful as  I and my learners do.

Editor's note

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM Straightforward problem(s) with more than 1 step
FM E2.5 Add & subtract 2-digit numbers
FM E3.2 Add & subtract 3-digit whole numbers
FM E2.6 Times tables 0x0 to 12x12
FM E2.8 Divide 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers, express remainders
FM E3.3 Divide 3-digit numbers by 1- & 2-digit numbers, express remainders
FM E3.4 Multiply 2-digit numbers by 1- & 2-digit numbers
FM E2.12 Calculate money with pence up to £1 & in whole £s of multiple items, use correct symbols (£ or p)
FM E3.10 Calculate with money using decimal notation & express money correctly in writing in pounds and pence
FM E2.22 Extract information from lists, tables, diagrams, bar charts
FM E3.21 Extract information from lists, tables, diagrams, charts; create frequency tables

These two PowerPoints cover the properties of  2D and 3D shapes (E2-E3) - faces, edges, vertices and line symmetry. This is assessed using a quiz in PPT1. Both PPTs then move on to recognising nets and drawing nets of cubes and cuboids (now found in Level 1 exams). The second PPT can be printed off and used as a workbook.  I have also included two links to You tube but you can use your own favourite shape/nets video links if you prefer.

Editor's note

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Maths
FM Context free underpinning
E2.19 Recognise and name 2-D and 3-D shapes including pentagons, hexagons, cylinders, cuboids, pyramids, spheres
E2.20 Describe properties of common 2-D & 3-D shapes including nos. of sides, corners, edges, faces, angles & base
E3.19 Sort 2-D and 3-D shapes using properties including lines of symmetry, length, right angles, angles including in rectangles and triangles
L1.24 Draw 2-D shapes and demonstrate an understanding of line symmetry & knowledge of the relative size of angles
L1.25 Interpret plans, elevations and nets of simple 3-D shapes

I designed this resource to help learners at Entry Level 3 Functional Maths understand the importance of setting out and working out multiplication calculations. I've also included some stretch questions.

Editor's note

A graduated and differentiated workbook covering underpinning skills and simple word problems. Focus is on multiplying 2 3 and 4 digit numbers by a single digit. For Entry Level 2 learners use Nicky's E2 Multiplication (to find this look under See also or visit Nicky's profile page).

Level
Entry Level 3
Maths
FM Context free underpinning
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM E2.6 Times tables 0x0 to 12x12
FM E3.4 Multiply 2-digit numbers by 1- & 2-digit numbers

I have designed this resource to help learners working at Entry 2 Functional Skills understand the importance of setting and working out calculations correctly.  I have also included some stretch questions.

Editor's note

Carefully graduated and differentiated workbook covering underpinning skills and simple word problems. Builds up from E2 to 'easy' E3 skills.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Maths
Functional Maths - underpinning
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM E2.6 Times tables 0x0 to 12x12
FM E3.4 Multiply 2-digit numbers by 1- & 2-digit numbers

A resource created for an adult learner to develop confidence in handling and working with money in everyday contexts.

Editor's note

A really functional resource based on a supermarket receipt. Covers many E2 and E3 content descriptors (each question is mapped). If you are a Skillsworkshop resource contributor an answer sheet will be available shortly.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM E2.1 Count up to 100 items
E2.2 Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 200
FM E2.5 Add & subtract 2-digit numbers
FM E2.22 Extract information from lists, tables, diagrams, bar charts
FM E3.4 Multiply 2-digit numbers by 1- & 2-digit numbers
FM E3.8 Read, write and use decimals up to two decimal places
FM E3.10 Calculate with money using decimal notation & express money correctly in writing in pounds and pence
FM E3.11 Round amounts of money to the nearest £1 or 10p
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Retail Hospitality Customer service

I've just designed this ready for my new starts in September.  It is surprising how many learners come that get basic things wrong. 

As we know FS is all about reading the questions and showing workings out.  I always do 5 weeks of no calculators as for some they just do not get the borrowing / carrying over and this is of course important on the non calculator papers now.

There is also an E2-E3 version of this resource.

Editor's note

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Maths
FM Context free underpinning
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM E3.2 Add & subtract 3-digit whole numbers
FM E3.10 Calculate with money using decimal notation & express money correctly in writing in pounds and pence
L1.2 Recognise and use positive and negative numbers
L1.11 Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals up to two decimal places

8/8/2021 Error fixed on page 3, no. 13.

I've just designed these ready for my new starts in September.  It is surprising how many learners come that get the simplest things wrong. 

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Maths
FM Context free underpinning
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM E1.3 Add numbers which total up to 20, and subtract numbers from numbers up to 20
FM E2.5 Add & subtract 2-digit numbers
FM E3.2 Add & subtract 3-digit whole numbers
FM E2.12 Calculate money with pence up to £1 & in whole £s of multiple items, use correct symbols (£ or p)
FM E3.10 Calculate with money using decimal notation & express money correctly in writing in pounds and pence

Editor's note June 20 8am - Minor changes to Q18 & Q23

Pat and Mitch decide to build a mini wildlife pond from an old sink. This involves digging, gathering and arranging suitable items, a trip to the aquatic centre to buy water plants, and then sitting back and observing the fruit of their labours :)

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM E1.1 Read, write, order, compare nos. to 20
FM E2.1 Count up to 100 items
FM E1.8 Describe & make comparisons between measures of items inc. size, length, width, height, weight, capacity
E2.14 Use metric measures of length including millimetres, centimetres, metres and kilometres
E3.16 Compare measures of weight including grams and kilograms
E2.16 Use measures of capacity including millilitres and litres
E1.9 Identify & recognise common 2-D and 3-D shapes including circle, cube, rectangle (incl. square) and triangle
E2.19 Recognise and name 2-D and 3-D shapes including pentagons, hexagons, cylinders, cuboids, pyramids, spheres
E1.10 Use everyday positional vocabulary to describe position and direction including left, right, in front, behind, under and above
E2.21 Use appropriate positional vocabulary to describe position and direction including between, inside, outside, middle, below, on top, forwards and backwards
E1.7 Know the number of days in a week, months, and seasons in a year. Be able to name and sequence
E1.12 Sort and classify objects using a single criterion
E2.24 Sort and classify objects using two criteria
E1.13 Read and draw simple charts and diagrams including a tally chart, block diagram/graph
FM E2.22 Extract information from lists, tables, diagrams, bar charts
E2.23 Make numerical comparisons from bar charts
E2.25 Take information from one format and represent the information in another format including use of bar charts
Context
Science, Nature & Weather
Gardening & Horticulture