Help with your maths

Photo of pencil and tape measure as an example of how maths is used in daily life

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.

Download “Keeping a Maths Diary’

Download the ‘Maths Diary Template’

Maths Start Ups

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

Download ‘What do we mean by Averages?’

Download ‘Using a Calculator’ 

Download ‘Good Estimates’

Download ‘Maths and Measurements’

Download ‘Popular Percentages’

Download ‘Perimeters in daily life’

Download ‘Four metres square’

Maths and Motors

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

Download ‘Maths & Motors – speeds and distance’

Download ‘Cars and Calculations – costs and consumption’

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

Facing Up to Maths-page-001NIACE 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.

Click here to download a copy of the publication [PDF]

Could you be a Maths Champion?

MC picAre 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.

To find out more information download the flyer here [PDF]

Payday Loans

To find out more information download the resource here [PDF]

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:

Download Making staff count [PDF]

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:

Download Numeracy Counts report [PDF]

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.

Download Catching Confidence in Maths [PDF]

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.
Download Maths4Us posters [PDF]

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]

Download a free Numeracy Taster Workshop
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.
Download 60 minute workshop plan

Maths4Us video
This is a two minute animated film that brings the importance of everyday maths alive. This can be used as a tool to  encourage parents, colleagues, workmates… etc to get involved in learning new practical maths skills.
Maths4us intro video

Quick Reads:  Alvin Hall – Money Magic Lesson Plan
The following 90 minute lesson plan has been developed as part of Maths4Us, a joint initiative between unionlearn, NIACE and the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) to encourage people to tackle numeracy, take-up numeracy learning and have fun with maths.
Alvin Hall lesson plan