Developing, presenting and communicating information
Literacy: General literacy / English, Apply punctuation and capitalisation, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Use knowledge of punctuation and capitalisation, Use reference sources, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion
ICT: General ICT resources, Using ICT, Entry 3 ICT, Finding and selecting information, Developing, presenting and communicating information
Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology, Sport
Resource type: Interactive whiteboard, Investigation or project, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Teaching idea, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
Rugby themed task on reading (use of quotations and dialogue, facts versus opinions), researching and writing a short article. Topic links to ICT, suitable for use during e.g. Rugby World Cup, Six Nations Tournament or with any group keen on sport!
Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service
Resource type: Cut and stick, Hands-on / practical activity
This could be printed out and laminated but I usually give my students a printout of the first pages and they cut out the text boxes and arrange them appropriately.
Context: Health, Social care, Early years
Resource type: Lesson plan, Scheme of work
This is a scheme of work I have used in EBD schools to get the pupils engaged with English. It is a 7 week scheme of work aimed at between E3-L2, as it can be differentiated. I have also included the lesson plans that go with the scheme.
Although written for a Key Stage 3/4 school setting this would work well as a way of embedding Functional English into a vocational childcare course or a family learning situation.
Resource type: Discussion points, ICT task sheet, Investigation or project, Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment
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.
General: Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections
Context: Catering Food Nutrition
Resource type: Assessment material, Tracking or mapping
First used with a group of E1-E2 numeracy students who had done an ICT based project involving cookery work and visiting a cafe to buy a snack. Print on A4 and fold into a very nice A5 leaflet.
The self assessment check boxes focus on basic money skills (recognising coins, giving change – but also slecting items from a list, weighing, etc.) but there is also the opportunity to link learning to numeracy at home or at college. Ideal for Entry Functional maths / catering / hospitality students.
General: Study Skills and General Teaching
Resource type: Handout or guide, Informative presentation
Resource type: Handout or guide
Useful 1 page handout. Very simple instructions on how to correct a mistake made when typing in Microsoft Word. First used with residents at a clinic who have learning difficulties but ideal for any beginner.
Free tags: Smarties & Love Hearts
Resource type: ICT task sheet, Investigation or project
Here is another Level 1-2 variant on the classic ‘Smarties’ investigation which incorporates the use of a PC and Excel. I stopped using Smarties and Skittles because of the health and hygiene issues.
I stumbled upon the Foam squares at www.craftpacks.co.uk ‘Giant Jar of Foam Squares for £4.75 + 20% VAT. The exercise is in two parts: the first part a bit like Smarties and then the second part covers ‘mean, mode, median and range’.
Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition)
Resource type: ICT task sheet
Very clear, step by step task sheet for E3 ICT / Literacy / ESOL learners.
Enter a given short text into the PC, save and name files, set font size, etc. Then plan, write and proofread a short description about your own morning.