News, Politics &Government items

Blood Swept Lands L1-2 Functional Maths tasks

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Fri, 2014-11-07 01:18

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

Free tags: Remembrance day

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items, Voluntary & Charity

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A challenging set of questions based on a short text about the stunning Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London.
Questions cover number measures, time, money, area – many calculations involve working with very large numbers.

Floods UK 2014 L1-2 Functional English

Submitted by Kath Blanchard on Wed, 2014-01-22 14:03

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Updated June 2017
New Entry 3 reading and writing tasks added. Available below as a separate PDF file. You will also need to download the L1-2 version as it uses the same text.

Functional English resource for Level 1/2 learners, working on Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. The PowerPoint presentation was used as a quiz to see if learners could recognise the flooded places and to encourage discussion leading onto the reading work.
Further opportunity is included for practising writing skills.

Beating Crime - Functional Skills reading

Submitted by Stephen Griffin on Fri, 2013-03-15 20:03

Literacy: Reading, Functional English - reading

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

An E3-L1 Functional Skills reading resource modelled on C&G assessments. The activities are based around two documents, one from the BBC news website and the other a leaflet advertising a private police service. May prompt discussion on the nature of crime, punishment and the role of the police force in society.

Costa Concordia - inference and bias

Submitted by Jenny Scott on Sun, 2013-02-17 13:34

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Level: L2

This is a news article about the sinking of the Costa Concordia. It is focused on an account of the situation as reported by the local mayor.
The article is accompanied by questions about what might be inferred from the account, what might be the mayor’s opinion and whether or not the account is biased. The questions have been used with adults studying for Edexcel Functional Skills at Level 2.

Inference - Whitney Houston

Submitted by Jenny Scott on Thu, 2013-02-14 11:19

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

This is a news article about the death of Whitney Houston followed by a series of questions which ask the reader to decide whether statements in the artice are true, false or inferred.

I have used it with several groups of adult learners who were working towards Edexcel level 2 Functional Skills. They really enjoyed discussiong the article. I did make an answer sheet but I changed it so many times in the light of discussion with different groups that I decided it was best to let them make up their own minds.

Miniature Earth percentages

Submitted by Helen Connell on Wed, 2013-02-06 20:34

Numeracy: N2/L1.8, N2/L1.9, Functional Maths - number

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

Resource type: Interactive presentation, On-screen activity or video

Using a video from YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6eTr4ldDYg) about the miniature earth I have created this PowerPoint on percentages. It will work well with John Thompson’s easy percentage worker-outer and Margaret Adams’ Calculating percentages as quantities (links below under “See also”).

Literacy: General literacy / English, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Context: Business & Money management, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A functional skills practice writing task for English at E3-L2. Learners write to the Bayfords, recent winners of the £148m Euro Millions jackpot, suggesting what they could spend the money on to help others (or themselves!).

Could be linked to maths: examining costs, interest, odds of winning etc.

News Report: Man Steals ATM with Forklift

Submitted by Marion Martin on Mon, 2012-05-14 20:26

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1

Free tags: Humour

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A short reading adapted from an online news report. Exercises include comprehension questions, placing sentences in the correct order, matching words and phrases and a fill the gap exercise. Answer sheet included.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to E2 Functional English (reading) with extra teaching tips.

2011 England Riots

Submitted by Stephen Griffin on Fri, 2012-02-17 10:14

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A Level 2 Functional Skills English pack based on the troubles in London and other parts of England in the summer of 2011.

Reading and writing activities are included, alongside answers.

Discussions across a range of subjects may stem from this work in order to inform Speaking and Listening skills practice.

Fully mapped to the Functional English criteria.

People spend half their waking hours daydreaming

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Tue, 2011-12-20 19:01

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Ww/L2.1, Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A set of exercises based on an article from the BBC News website.
The article concerns a survey conducted by iPhone. There is a comprehension exercise, an exercise involving the identification of spelling errors and a synonym exercise. The learner is also asked to write their views. Useful for those working towards the Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy.

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