# Adult Numeracy, Functional Maths, and GCSE Resources

**25 resources**:

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.

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

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.

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An ESOL lesson embedding numeracy, diversity and British values, centred on the Spring Equinox and three festivals which happen around / on this day - Purim, Holi and Shunbun No Hi. Learners collect unfamiliar words on a vocabulary sheet and ask and answer questions to elicit meaning / explanation. There is a powerpoint to introduce the topic, using acronyms eg 7DIAW - Seven Days In A Week to elicit key words, and lead to an explanation of what the Vernal Equinox is and when it is.

Functional skills maths.

Extract information from mileage and distance (network) diagrams. Complete a mileage chart.**Editor’s note**

With worked solutions, pop up help and a final challenge question.

Ideal as an introduction or for revision.

An interesting meld of description, investigation, paired discussion and tasks.

Ideal introduction to L1 averages – also useful at high E3.

Adapted from one page of Nikki Gilbey’s **Data Collection and Averages – functional tasks** (listed below under **See also**).

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.

The main resource has four pages. Three of the pages contain a chart and a brief to a group of students to discuss and write some sentences saying what the chart tells them. The twist is that each group of 3 students has a different chart drawn from the same data as the groups next to them. The fourth page has the table from which the charts were drawn.

The charts used are: dual/clustered bar chart comparing types of drink sold on two days. A stacked/composite bar chart and a percentage bar chart of the same data.

Page 1: 8 maths questions relating to olympic torch

Page 2: Picture quiz: who is carrying the torch?

Page 3: Picture quiz: famous UK landmarks.

Page 4: UK cities – anagrams

Page 5: Answers

- Quizzes on pages 2 and 3 make good ice breakers and can also be used for SL&C discussion prompts.

An activity to explore money management and negative numbers. Be prepared to signpost students if need be.

The activity starts with discussing who is most likely to get into debt and then by recognising that anyone can if they don’t have good money skills.

I have found that many numeracy students get scared when you mention terms like percentages or fractions. I therefore developed this introductory activity for my new level 1 numeracy students. They are mostly young parents who were disengaged at school and have no mathematics qualifications.

They are usually nervous when they attend the first session so I try to boost their confidence and reassure them that the course will not be like school.