Maths in everyday life

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This lesson has been created in collaboration with National Numeracy, the independent charity that works to improve how people understand and work with numbers in everyday life, sparking better opportunities and brighter futures. 

Maths is all around us, when we are at school, at home or at work.  Having confidence in facing maths in our everyday lives is a key skill that can be developed and nurtured with practice.

This lesson will show students that everybody uses maths every day, whether they think about it or not. It aims to demonstrate that regardless of their chosen career path, the interests they have in their spare time or the life situations they face, having a good understanding of maths will help them progress in different life areas.


  • Maths in everyday life: Lesson plan – for use with a group of students in the classroom
  • Maths in everyday life: Student worksheet – to support students work through activities
  • Maths in everyday life: thermometer poster – can be displayed on a whiteboard or printed out

Key learning outcomes

By the end of these lessons, students will be able to:

  • Understand how everybody uses maths in everyday life
  • Relate how having a good understanding of maths can help future success
  • Know how to talk openly about their feelings towards maths

Being number confident can be challenging at any age, if you as an educator would benefit in strengthening your number skills why not try National Numeracy’s Number Challenge?  The web-based learning tool is designed to help adults improve their maths skills in manageable steps, whilst building confidence along the way.



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