Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

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

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.

Diamond Jubilee Concert - Functional Skills task

Submitted by Judith White on Tue, 2012-02-14 20:30

Numeracy: Functional Maths

Literacy: Functional English - reading

ICT: Finding and selecting information

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Diamond Jubilee

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Investigation or project

Level: E3, L1

A topical investigation that can be used as a group or individual task. Learners imagine they have won tickets in the ballot and must plan their trip to Buckingham Palace.
Ideal for E3-L1 Functional maths, English and ICT but could be easily adapted for higher or lower levels.

Christmas general knowledge quiz

Submitted by Susan McGuinness on Tue, 2011-11-08 19:32

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Christmas

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Quiz

Although written for a group of E2 literacy learners this quiz is suitable for any level / any subject. It could be delivered orally or as a written quiz, and completed in teams or individually.

Buzz words for student reviews

Submitted by Fiona Campbell B on Fri, 2011-10-21 12:26

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

Resource type: Teaching idea

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

A list of buzz words I sometimes use with learners when doing reviews – helps them to come up with ideas about how they are progressing and how their learning is making a difference in their lives.

MAPS method: a visual aid to proof reading

Submitted by Margaret Adams on Fri, 2011-10-21 09:49

Literacy: Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

General: Dyslexia support, Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Poster

Wonderful visual aid to help learners remember how to proof read their work. Page one would make a great poster. Page 2 explains the process: start at the city of meaning and move across the land until you get to the city of Spelling!

Live the Lotto Dream v4 (mobile phone shop)

Submitted by Phillip Maxfield on Sat, 2011-09-17 10:56

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - writing

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology, Painting Decorating & DIY, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Investigation or project

Level: E3, L1, L2

A great project that covers many Functional maths and Functional English criteria. You win the lottery, buy a mobile phone shop and have to furnish it from catalogues and/or Internet sites.

Learn about budgeting, displaying data, working with areas and floor plans, bank statements, rounding, estimating, and much more.

Working with alcohol units

Submitted by Charlotte Gustar on Tue, 2011-09-13 12:01

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number, N1/L1.7, N1/L1.10, HD1/L1.1

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Drug awareness

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation, Worksheet or assignment

This lesson is designed to embed adding and subtracting, ratio and proportion, etc. whilst looking at the important issue of alcohol consumption and units. Students are able to look at the RDA of alcohol consumption, binge drinking, etc. in the introductory PPT.

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