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

A short topical reading comprehension at two levels (L1/L2) and Entry 3 on the 29th February. The higher level text requires learners to write a short paragraph in a specific context. Some embedded maths is included. I have also added a short fact sheet about when Leap Years occur, for when someone asks those technical questions!

Editor’s note
With detailed curriculum mapping and answer sheet.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English reading
Maths
General numeracy / maths

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

20 literacy and numeracy questions to warm up the new term! All based on the words HAPPY NEW YEAR (can easily be adapted for other festivals such a Diwali, New Year’s Eve or Ramadan). Covers vowels, consonants, number, ratios, simple substitution, range, mode and more!
Ideal for mixed ability groups (E1-L2). Also provides very good practice in reading instructions carefully.
For higher level groups it could be completed in teams as a speed test.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Maths
General numeracy / maths

This is great as a warm-up activity or a bit of end-of-term fun. It is suitable for a mixed ability group of numeracy learners, or indeed literacy or ESOL learners. This quiz tests learners’ knowledge of how old someone has to be in order to do certain things legally, e.g. be a blood donor. It can be used in small group or pair work (which worked well for me) as well as individually.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Maths
General numeracy / maths
ESOL
General ESOL

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.

Level
L1
E3
E2
E1
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths

‘I have…Who has?’ is a fast-paced coin counting game that has been adapted from a game on Super Teacher Worksheets

For the game to work correctly all of the worksheets need to be distributed to your students so some students may get more than one card. This could be used as a way to differentiate with the higher level students being given more cards to work with.

Level
E3
E2
E1
Maths
MSS1/E2.1
MSS1/E1.1
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
General numeracy / maths

A really unusual reading comprehension exercise that also tests a range of maths skills (dates, large numbers, distance, etc.). Although the general reading level is around Level1 it is based on an Australian news article about a lottery winner and contains a lot of unfamiliar Australian vocabulary. Thus it also stretches Level 2 learners. An optional glossary is provided; this includes words such as swag, Slikpik, shire and half a dozen more.

Level
L2
L1
English
Word origins
General literacy / English
Maths
General numeracy / maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

Lovely warm-up or “taster “ for L1-2 level groups. The idea could easily be adapted for Entry Level groups.
Just as the quote on the resource says:“The value of the problem is not so much in coming up with the answer as in the ideas and attempted ideas it forces on the would be solver.”
See comments below for some suggested answers. Please add your own answers or suggestions for other suitable groups.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
General numeracy / maths

A really interesting quick quiz – originally written to get e2e learners interested in numbers but makes an ideal warm up activity for any group (at any level).

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
E1
Maths
General numeracy / maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Independent living
Employment skills & Public services