Adult Numeracy, Functional Maths, and GCSE Resources

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A reading comprehension based on the BBC news website with related writing activities, one at E3 (informal letter) and one at L1-L2 (email).

Editor’s note
There is also some maths thrown in for good measure! A great resource for the start of (spring) term.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Context
Voluntary & Charity
News, Politics & Government items

This is an Excel file with a basic odd/even activity. I took inspiration from Jean Thomas’ “Reveal the hidden shapes!” activity from 2005.

With this activity, the tutor can design a picture (or one learner can design a picture for another learner) and it produces a printable sheet. The learner then shades all the odd numbers on the sheet in one colour, and all the even numbers in a different colour – revealing a picture or a message.

There are no macros, so cross-compatibility with Excel shouldn’t be a problem.

Level
E2
E3
Maths
FM Context free underpinning
FM E2.3 Recognise and sequence odd and even numbers up to 100
AN N1/E3.1
AN N1/E2.2
AN N1/E2.1

A Bonfire Night themed resource covering some aspects of literacy and numeracy.
The resource contains a basic reading comprehension about the History of Bonfire Night. This is followed by a numeracy activity where students have to buy fireworks for a display with a budget of £300. The final activity is a writing task and learners have to create a poster advertising the event.

I created this for an ILS (independent life skills) class but it could be used with Entry Functional Skills learners too.

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
Maths
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Independent living
History

A short cloze exercise on the Olympic Opening Ceremony based on numbers (E2-L1), plus a writing activity at 2 levels (E2-3 and L1-L2).

Editor’s note
The cloze is also a clever way of embedding some maths (large numbers).

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Context
Sport
News, Politics & Government items

Topical resource based on a news story. Reading comprehension at 2 levels (E3 and L1/L2) plus two writing extension activities with writing frames. Some embedded maths (including a chart in the L1/L2 exercise) and the opportunity to discuss healthy eating. The higher level comprehension aims to get learners to understand in depth what they are reading, rather than just answer the questions from the text.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Health, Social care, Early years

Students regularly tell me they cannot read bus timetables and just wait for the next one to come along! This activity asks learners to find the most appropriate bus for my journey.
I print the timetables (pages 2-8) out enlarged to A3 and stick them to walls of my classroom.

Update (June 2016)
Answer sheet (and error report for one question) kindly provided by Ray Sheerin and Jay Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks, Adult Learning.

Level
L1
E3
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Maths
AN MSS1/L1.3 Calculate with and convert between units of time
AN MSS1/L1.2 Read & measure time and use timetables
AN MSS1/E3.3
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

A collection of worksheets asking students to cut out and put the items in order using a given criterion. More able students can measure the items.

Level
E3
E2
E1
Maths
MSS1/E3.5
MSS1/E2.5
MSS1/E1.4
MSS1/E1.3
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space

This is a good starter activity to introduce measures, shape and space. It is also useful in dividing classes into small groups.

Using the templates I created I printed them on to card of different colours. I gave the shapes to the learners as they entered the room and told them to find the table with the same shape on it. When they reached the table they found the shape and some questions to answer.

After five minutes I asked for feedback from the learners.

Editor’s note
With Functional Maths mapping

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
MSS1/L2.8
MSS2/E3.1
MSS1/L2.7
MSS1/L1.9
MSS1/L1.8
MSS2/E3.2
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space

Simulations of email and online banking registration forms. Can be used in succession, as for the banking registration form you need an email address. When you press the “create account” button it will open the printing menu. Good luck!

Level
E2
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Rw/E3.2
Functional English reading
Form filling
Maths
MSS1/E2.3
ICT
Entry 3 ICT
Using ICT
Entry 1 and 2 ICT
Context
Employment skills & Public services

Functional Skills maths across several levels.
A practical exercise involving estimation (of weight), weighing items and calculating range and mean.

Editor’s note
With detailed Functional Maths mapping

Level
E2
E3
L1
Maths
MSS1/L1.4
MSS1/E3.8
MSS1/E3.6
MSS1/E3.5
MSS1/E2.10
MSS1/E2.9
MSS1/E2.6
HD1/L1.4
MSS1/E2.5
HD1/L1.3
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space