Everyday maths for Health and Social Care and Education Support 1
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Everyday maths for Health and Social Care and Education Support 1

1.3 Working with whole numbers

The following activities cover everything in the whole numbers section. As you attempt the activities, look for key words to identify what the question is asking you to do.

Remember to check your answers once you have completed the questions.

Activity 3: Looking at numbers

  1. Look at this newspaper headline:

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    Figure 3 A newspaper headline
    • a.Write down the number in millions.
    • b.Write down the number in thousands.
    • c.Previously published figures showed that 4,100,000 children in the UK were living in poverty. According to the article, has the number increased or decreased?
  1. Look at the data in the following table. It gives the temperatures of five cities on a Monday in January.

    • a.Which city was the coldest?
    • b.Which city was the warmest?
    • c.How many cities have a temperature below 5°C?
  1. You buy a blood pressure monitor for £18 and a stethoscope for £71. How much do you spend altogether?
  1. You have £48. You spend £26. How much do you have left?


  1. The answers are as follows:
    • a.4 million
    • b.0 thousands
    • c.The number has increased
  2. The answers are as follows:
    • a.Moscow
    • b.Delhi
    • c.London, Paris and Moscow
  3. £18 + £71 = £89
  4. £48 – £26 = £22

Activity 4: Using multiplication and division

You can use a calculator in this activity.

  1. What are the answers to these sums?
    • a.6 × 4
    • b.3 × 9
    • c.5 × 7
    • d.36 ÷ 9
    • e.48 ÷ 6
    • f.15 ÷ 3
  2. Bandages come in rolls of 10. There are 25 rolls in a box. How many bandages are there in one box?
  3. Emma works as a teaching assistant for 16 hours per week. She earns £8.40 per hour. Work out Emma’s weekly wage

Now check your answers to make sure you are ready to move on.


  1. The answers are as follows:
    • a.6 ×4 = 24
    • b.3 × 9 = 27
    • c.5 × 7 = 35
    • d.36 ÷ 9 = 4
    • e.48 ÷ 6 = 8
    • f.15 ÷ 3 = 5
  2. 10 × 25 = 250 bandages.
  3. 16 × 8.40 = £134.40

    Emma's weekly wage is £134.40.


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