Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Resources that are suitable for both literacy (Functional English) and Numeracy (Functional Maths) teaching and learning.

Literacy Starter - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Thu, 2016-10-06 16:53

Literacy: Apply grammar, Apply strategies to spell correctly

ESOL: ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Painting Decorating & DIY

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

A two sided A4 sheet that builds on the identification of verbs and the spelling rules for past tense verbs. This is followed by a simple knowledge check.

It is designed to be used as a whole group lesson starter. It is differentiated in the sense that more able learners will be expected to complete the more complex tasks.

Editor’s note
The vocabulary in the example sentences is aimed at Painting & Decorating students, but the resource is suitable for all.

EU quick quiz

Submitted by Jay Hall on Tue, 2016-06-21 15:44

Literacy: Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.5, Engage in Discussion

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Discussion points, Quiz, Sort or match cards

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

A quick paper based quiz on the EU adapted from the on-screen version on the uk.gov site at: www.eureferendum.gov.uk

It isn’t directly about the referendum but might be useful to spark debates.

What have I learnt today? Self-reflection tool

Submitted by Allison Rice on Sun, 2016-05-08 19:35

Pre-entry: SLc/M7.2

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond, Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Teaching idea, Tracking or mapping

This is a simple resource that has proven to be a very effective motivational tool with pre entry to level 2 learners.

Cadbury Easter Eggs

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Mon, 2016-03-21 23:13

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition)

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Easter

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A reading comprehension and writing activity based on a Cadbury’s Easter Brand Fact Sheet. Ideal for Level 1 Functional English.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped with answer sheet and S&L idea.

Interactive CV template

Submitted by Iulian Scutelnicu on Wed, 2013-09-25 11:28

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

ICT: Functional ICT

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Interactive worksheet, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Simulation of completing an online CV. Very easy to use, fill in the boxes and print after completion.

Costa Concordia - inference and bias

Submitted by Jenny Scott on Sun, 2013-02-17 12:34

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.

Maths vocabulary test

Submitted by Matthew Tiller on Thu, 2013-01-24 12:06

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

ESOL: ESOL Reading

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Resource type: Quiz, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A 12-question test, designed for an Adult Numeracy class consisting largely of ESOL speakers.
Covers the terms “import” and “export”, since these often crop up in exams. Also mean, mode, median and range, and the meanings of “discount”, “under”, “approximately”, “difference” and “enlarged”. A little fraction revision, too: students have to identify 1/3 as “one-third”.

Design a revision board game for Functional Skills

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2012-09-30 18:20

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

ICT: Functional ICT

ESOL: General ESOL

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: game, revision

Resource type: Game, Revision material

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Students design a board game to demonstrate their learning. This can incorporate IT skills (Word template provided below) or can be done with paper, card and pens.

I originally did this with an E2E group and it proved popular. It’s an alternative to the “design a poster” task to review learning. The instructions are set out as a board game. it can be used for literacy, numeracy, ICT or ESOL.

Olympics 2012 Torch relay

Submitted by Nicola Smith on Thu, 2012-06-14 10:05

Literacy: Speaking & Listening

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

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Olympics

Context: Sport

Resource type: Discussion points, Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Quiz, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1

Page 1: 8 maths questions relating to olympic torch
Page 2: Picture quiz: who is carrying the torch?
Page 3: Picture quiz: famous UK landmarks.
Page 4: UK cities – anagrams
Page 5: Answers

  • Quizzes on pages 2 and 3 make good ice breakers and can also be used for SL&C discussion prompts.

The next England manager

Submitted by Richard Buckley on Sun, 2012-03-11 20:03

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ICT: Finding and selecting information, Developing, presenting and communicating information

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Sport

Resource type: Discussion points, ICT task sheet, Investigation or project, Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

Learners must choose the next manager of the England football team. Using the task sheet to guide them, they must research, collate and present information for five candidates and then make the final choice.

There is scope for plenty of lively discussion around the choices made and also about what the manager’s job entails.

A Power Point presentation is included as an example, but can also be printed out to use in some of the additional activities described.

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