We all use maths everyday, often without realising it.  We estimate time, use money, plan journeys, garden, carry out DIY, shop and cook.  All these involve maths!  Click on some of the resources below to test your knowledge and find out more about everyday maths topics.  You can also record all your maths activities in a diary – this will help you to see how much maths you use everyday at home and at work.  You can also use it with your children to show them the relevance of maths.

## Tools and Templates

Keeping a ‘Maths Diary’ is a good way of keeping track of how much maths you deal with every day and reminding yourself how much you can already do.

## Maths Start Ups

These resources cover some of the basics that will help you demystify maths

## Maths and Motors

Cars and calculations go well together. Try these two sheets on distances, speed and the cost of running your car.

#### Tips and tricks

Get tips and tricks on how to multiply by 99, multiply any 2 digit number by 11,  find out someone’s age without them telling you? calculate VAT, remember the 12 times table the easy way!… and more.

## It makes you think

Sometimes you need to dig below the surface to make sense of what you read. Sometimes when you do, you end up with more questions than you started with.

## Did you know?

In a group of only 23 people, there is over a 50/50 chance that two people will share the same birthday!

Facing up to Maths

NIACE and unionlearn have been working together to make maths more exciting and accessible to more people. We have developed this guide to help ULRs and others who are well placed to support and help fellow workers, friends and families and the people we work with everyday. Such people are often termed as intermediaries, and this booklet is aimed at all kinds of intermediaries.

Could you be a Maths Champion?

Are you interested in helping members with numbers? Perhaps you are doing this already, or would like a bit more support to promote and encourage maths. If so, we’d love you to get the credit and become a Maths Champion.

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Making staff count – Effective strategies to develop numeracy in local authorities
The workplace is an ideal place for adults to learn and to encourage learning. ‘Making staff count’ outlines the benefits of addressing numeracy and shows how some local authorities have created opportunities for numeracy learning. Supporting and developing numeracy can help improve staff performance, leading to better services and more efficient ways of working. We hope that senior managers, HR managers and elected members will use this booklet to focus on the workplace as a site for numeracy learning.

An interactive e-book edition is also available: http://content.yudu.com/A1qx92/Making-staff-count/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl

Numeracy Counts – NIACE Committee of Inquiry on Adult Numeracy Learning Report February 2011
This report makes it clear that having a successful approach to numeracy is of fundamental importance to this country and sets out a package of recommendations which we believe would have a major positive impact, and we hope that government, funders, infrastructure bodies and providers will respond positively to it.
An e-magazine version, with accessible plain text option, can also be viewed at:http://content.yudu.com/A1r5pe/NumeracyCounts/

Catching Confidence in Maths

A tool to support adults with maths confidence. You can use the grid to engage in a dialogue about maths and maths learning. It can be completed one to one or in a group setting.

Maths4Us: Free Poster Pack

These three posters are for practitioners to use in literacy and language classrooms. They spark discussion and debate about number and maths. It is hoped that taking part in conversations about maths and number, might inspire some learners to think about studying maths or numeracy.

The posters are designed to give an easy way for LLN tutors to start talking about the issue, and to suggest enrolling on numeracy courses.

Putting two and 2 together
This free booklet and lesson plan  for literacy tutors aims to stimulate interest in reading by providing short texts on adult learners’ experiences of maths learning and on topical subjects that include maths.  It can be used to get discussions going about maths in everyday contexts and the importance of developing maths skills.
Lesson Plan Putting two and 2 together – Lesson Plan (90 mins) [Doc]

This 60 minute workshop plan is for anyone who wants to raise awareness with their colleagues about the importance of maths.  It’s fun and easy-to-follow.