Adult Numeracy, Functional Maths, and GCSE Resources

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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
E3
L1
L2
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

Devised for L1 as a first lesson for ratio utilising practical applications for ratio understanding. Please print the last slide as a worksheet to accompany the PPT.

Editor's notes

Introductory example using a KitKat bar, followed by other everyday applications including screen wash, hair tint and paints.  Also (very nicely) covers equality & diversity with discussion about the proportion of White British players in the 2018 England squad.

Level
L1
Maths
FM Contextualised underpinning
FM L1.17 Work with simple ratio and direct proportions
AN N1/L1.7

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
L1
L2
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

Level 2 Time revision. A PPT that takes E3-L2 learners step by step through an Edexcel L2 2017 exam question about a diving competition.
The exam question is broken down into three separate tasks, each with extra extension questions. 

In addition each task has a suggested time limit which encourages learners to manage their own time in exams. Can also be printed as a worksheet: select slides 4-9 and print 1 slide per page in landscape, fit-to-page mode.

Editor's note

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
FM Complex multi-step problem(s)
FM E3.12 Read, measure and record time using am and pm
FM L1.20 Convert between units of length, weight, capacity, money and time, in the same system
AN MSS1/E3.3
AN MSS1/L1.3

This is a handout for Functional Skills L1/L2 which talks about formulas, substitution and BODMAS (BIDMAS).

“Editor’s note*
It includes worked examples from past papers and useful tips and hints. Fully mapped to L2 FM and GCSE Maths 1-5

Level
L2
GCSE L1-5
Maths
FM Contextualised underpinning
FM L1.7 Follow the order of precedence of operators
FM L2.3 Evaluate expressions and make substitutions in given formulae in words and symbols
L2.12 Follow the order of precedence of operators, including indices
GCSE A1 (Algebraic notation)
GCSE A2 (Substitution)
GCSE A3 (Algebraic concepts & vocabulary)
GCSE A4 (Simplify & manipulate algebraic expressions)
GCSE A5 (Use & rearrange formulae)
AN N1/L2.4
General
Exam tips and help

Simple yet very useful and effective templates for depicting and/or visualising fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
Adult Numeracy N2/L2.2
Adult Numeracy N2/L1.3
N2/E3.2
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system

Straightforward probability questions for L2 Functional Maths (dice, playing cards, socks, pens, etc.). Includes useful practice with simplifying fractions.
Plus an interesting extension question.

Level
L2
GCSE L1-5
Maths
FM L2.27 Express probabilities as fractions, decimals and percentages
GCSE P3 (language of probability, 0-1 scale)
GCSE P4 (collectively exhaustive / mutually exclusive outcomes)
AN HD2/L1.1
AN HD2/L1.2

Fun bingo game where learners practise measuring and drawing a grid – in addition to calculating areas and perimeters of simple shapes.

First one to a get line (or a full house) wins!

Editor’s note
Lovely idea that could easily be adapted for other topics.

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

This is a set of worksheets in a MS Excel workbook that deals with fractions.
- Sheet one: a set of pictures (pie charts) that shows fractions from halves to tenths
- Sheet two: equivalent fractions with two pie charts, learners can input fractions and see if they are equivalent by looking at the shape of the pie charts
- Sheet three: starting to look at fractions being equivalent to decimals with two pie charts one for fractions and one for decimals

Level
GCSE L1-5
L2
L1
Maths
N2/L2.3
N2/L2.1
Adult Numeracy N2/L2.2
Adult Numeracy N2/L1.3
GCSE N10
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
ICT
Using ICT

Some real world scenarios given a twist to incorporate fractions, decimals, percentages & ratios.

By the end of the worksheet, students will have a better understanding of when they would use each format in the real world and have developed their critical analysis skills.

Answers included!

Level
L2
L1
Maths
N2/L1.11
AN N1/L2.3
AN N1/L1.7
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Animal care, farming & equine