Adult Numeracy, Functional Maths, and GCSE Resources

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A topical resource that requires students to interpret a news infographic and calculate the difference between two times. There is also a second question for Level 2 learners on Speed, Distance, Time. As well as enabling students to practise time calculations it can lead to discussion about this controversial rail project.

Editor's notes

Really topical and interesting. With curriculum mapping. No answer sheet.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
Maths
FM Straightforward problem(s) with more than 1 step
FM Complex multi-step problem(s)
FM L1.20 Convert between units of length, weight, capacity, money and time, in the same system
L2.15 Calculate using compound measures including speed, density and rates of pay
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Motor vehicles & Transport

This is a project based on Benford's law. I had this idea after watching the Numberphile series on YouTube. This is a project based activity that involves many skills including working with large numbers, using percentages, representing data and probability.

The investigation is introduced to learners using the PPT (and optional YouTube links). Learners then split into four groups - each is given a random set of  share prices [see Excel file].  Each group investigates the occurrence of numbers starting with each digit from 1 to 9.

Editor's note

Level
Level 1
Level 2
Maths
FM Complex multi-step problem(s)
FM L1.1 Read, write, order and compare large numbers (up to one million)
FM L1.14 Calculate percentages of quantities, including simple percentage increases and decreases by 5% and multiples thereof
L1.15 Estimate answers to calculations using fractions and decimals
L1.27 Represent discrete data in tables, diagrams and charts including pie charts, bar charts and line graphs
L1.28 Group discrete data and represent grouped data graphically
L1.30 Understand probability on a scale from 0 (impossible) to 1 (certain) and use probabilities to compare the likelihood of events
L1.31 Use equally likely outcomes to find the probabilities of simple events and express them as fractions
Context
Business & Money management

Whilst I designed this resource for Adult Numeracy learners, it has found much use over the years across the maths cohorts I've worked with from pre-GCSE to ESOL, and with GCSE learners.

It is in Excel format - 3 tabs for different activities and the second Excel file is the solution sheet.

The sheets are formatted to print off as A4 landscape to allow learners to have their own copies to work on.

This has always worked well as a starter activity with learners in small groups (or teams) and having a competitive edge.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
GCSE L1-5
Maths
FM Context free underpinning
FM E3.14 Use and compare measures of length, capacity, weight and temperature using metric or imperial units to the nearest labelled or unlabelled division
FM L1.20 Convert between units of length, weight, capacity, money and time, in the same system
FM L2.14 Convert between metric and imperial units of length, weight and capacity using a) a conversion factor and b) a conversion graph
GCSE G14 (use units of measure)
AN Length weight capacity temperature scales

A colourful card matching task in which students interpret practical scenarios involving proportional relationships in terms of ratios and the total numbers of equal parts involved in them.

In pairs, they move the cards/ paper slips around and discuss how to match four ratios (white) with the four statements about parts (blue) and the four practical situations and actual amounts which correspond with them (yellow).

Level
Level 1
Level 2
Maths
FM Contextualised underpinning
FM L1.17 Work with simple ratio and direct proportions
FM L2.11 Understand and calculate using ratios, direct proportion and inverse proportion
AN N1/L1.7
AN N1/L2.3

A game for 2 players to help with multiplying decimals with or without a calculator.
Learners take turns to choose 2 numbers to multiply, then cover up the answer on the grid. This continues until a player has 4 counters/initials in a row(diagonally, horizontally or vertically).
Prompts can be used for learners to pick a target answer and to try to work out which 2 decimals are going to give that answer.
Editor’s note
Laminate for re-use. A great game.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Maths
N2/L2.6
AN N2/L1.5 Calculate with decimals up to 2dp
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system

A simple but effective dice game to help students become familiar with, and practise, calculating percentages of amounts. You will need to customise 2 dice by writing amounts on one and percentages on the other.
I usually play this game with low ability students after teaching them a fail-safe calculator method for working out percentages of amounts, but it can be adapted for higher level learners.
It also helps to reinforce that 0% of a number is nothing and 100% of a number is all of it.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
Maths
AN N2/L2.8 Find percentage parts of quantities and measurements
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
AN N2/L1.9 Find simple percentage parts of quantities and measurements
N2/L1.8

Very useful set of follow me cards for checking learners’ knowledge of adding and subtracting negative numbers in a practical context. With instructions.
Please see Judith’s other resources for further sets of follow-me cards that use negative numbers.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Maths
N1/L2.1
N1/L1.2
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system

Very useful set of follow me cards for checking learners’ knowledge of adding and subtracting negative numbers. With instructions.

Level
Level 2
Maths
N1/L2.1
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Context
Business & Money management

Very useful set of follow me cards based on everyday scenarios such as car repair bills, lottery wins, and finding money down the back of the sofa! With instructions.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Maths
N1/L2.1
N1/L1.2
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Context
Business & Money management

A topical and challenging series of differentiated questions for upper E3 to Level 2. Based on a news report about the May 2015 relief effort and a table of statistics about the world’s largest earthquakes.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Context
Voluntary & Charity
News, Politics & Government items