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Using Maths in Everyday Life: Small-Chunk Numeracy

Price: £35.00
Age Range: KS4 KS4+

A Functional Skills approach motivates your students to develop an understanding of numeracy in the context of their present and future daily lives. Short, concentrated activities increase their proficiency and enable them to relate their skills to the implications of living as an independent individual in society.

Topics include: Living on your own; How to measure cost; Importance of quality; Credit issues; Loans; Methods of saving and investing; Working to a budget; Non-essential costs; Family expenses; State benefits; Insurance and pensions.

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Size: 57 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 423 9
Author(s): Angela Walker
Code: UMIE
Popularity rank: 171
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Contents List


  • 7 HOME OR AWAY? Students compare and contrast the costs of living away from home to those of living at home.
  • 9 DECORATING A ROOM Students work out areas and costs involved in decorating two rooms.
  • 11 MEASURING FOR FLOOR COVERINGS Students use basic formulae for measuring for carpets.
  • 13 BUYING HOUSEHOLD ITEMS Students select, compare and contrast the prices of household items.
  • 15 RENTING A HOME OF YOUR OWN Students assess the merits and demerits of renting accommodation and understand the costs involved in this.
  • 17 BUYING A HOME OF YOUR OWN Students assess the monies needed to buy a house and work out differences in house prices in England, considering why they exist.
  • 19 A LIFE OF POVERTY Students assess the ways in which poverty can cause problems and illustrate this in written and pictorial form.
  • 21 HIRE PURCHASE MATTERS Students learn the good and bad points about hire purchase and work out how much it can cost the consumer.
  • 23 SAVING FOR A RAINY DAY Students consider the benefits of savings.
  • 25 POST OFFICE PROBLEMS Students solve the problems given to them, using basic Maths knowledge.
  • 27 USING THE BANK Students consider what a bank statement 'means' and practise writing out a cheque and a paying-in slip.
  • 29 EARNING A LIVING Students learn about terms used on a salary slip and terms used in employment.
  • 31 REWARDS FROM TEACHER Students use Maths skills to calculate money in a variety of given situations.
  • 33 LOTTERY FACTS AND FIGURES Students identify and select key facts and figures about the National Lottery.
  • 35 BUDGETING Students consider why there is a need to budget and work out the money needs of a family.
  • 37 I NEED A HOLIDAY Students calculate the costs of a family holiday.
  • 39 HOLIDAY MONEY Students convert English currency to the Euro, and vice versa.
  • 41 A NIGHT ON THE TOWN Students compare and contrast different costs for a night out.
  • 43 A DAY OUT Students find out the total cost of a day out, as well as calculating distances and length of time for travel.
  • 45 A NEW WARDROBE Students select a wardrobe of clothes to a given total cost and consider the discounts that might be available to them through sales, working out the costs involved in these.
  • 47 WEDDING DAY 1956 Students break down the costs of a wedding in 1956 and compare those with the costs of a wedding in 2002.
  • 49 WEDDING DAY 2002 Students break down the costs of a wedding in 2002 and compare those with the costs of a wedding in 1956.
  • 51 BRINGING UP BABY Students calculate the costs of having children.
  • 53 LOANS FOR ANY PURPOSE Successful students will be able to calculate various examples of loan rates and will be able to differentiate between good and bad practices in loans.
  • 55 IT'S GOOD TO TALK Students investigate the costs involved in using the telephone.
  • 57 A FEW PIECES OF FURNITURE Students select, compare and break down furniture costs for a room.
  • 59 NORTH-SOUTH DIVIDE Students summarise and conclude, from figures given, about the nature of the 'north-south divide'.
  • 61 ONE-PARENT FINANCES Students break down and assess the amount of money a single parent needs and gets - and the differences between these.


  • 62 (1) HOUSE PRICES For use with page 17, BUYING A HOME OF YOUR OWN.
  • 63 (2) POVERTY For use with page 19, A LIFE OF POVERTY.
  • 64 (3) HIRE PURCHASE For use with page 21, HIRE PURCHASE MATTERS.
  • 65 (4) AT THE BANK 1 For use with page 27, USING THE BANK.
  • 66 (5) AT THE BANK 2 For use with page 27, USING THE BANK.
  • 67 (6) WAGE SLIP For use with page 29, EARNING A LIVING.
  • 68 (7) LOTTERY WINNERS For use with page 33, LOTTERY FACTS AND FIGURES.
  • 69 (8) WEDDING DAY COSTS For use with pages 47 and 49, WEDDING DAY 1956 and WEDDING DAY 2002.
  • 70 (9) WHICH PHONE FOR CRAIG? For use with page 53, IT'S GOOD TO TALK.



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A very good resource; not too taxing when encouraging insecure and low self-esteemed learners.
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A nice resource that reflected a decision all pupils will eventually need to make. It didn't take a full 50 minute lesson to complete, but did open up discussions about the realism of the data. The only slight downside was that the figures could do with an update, as they are several years old.
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A good resource that is ideal for individuals to work on independantly.
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