GCSE L1-5

Features of persuasive texts

Submitted by Sarah Penneck on Thu, 2018-01-25 21:10

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A2 Analyse, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.4

ESOL: ESOL Rt/L1.2a, ESOL Rt/L2.2a, ESOL Rt/L2.4a

Level: L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Cut and stick, Reading comprehension

I created this activity for my ESOL students but it would also work well for Functional English.
The idea is taken from Laura Jeffrey Kiiza’s text types mind map drag and drop activity (L1) – see link below under See also.

Students first use Laura’s drag and drop activity on the computer (this covers both persuasive and instructive texts).
I then gave them the features of persuasive texts (see page 1 of resource) which they cut up and stick on the text on page 2 (or they could simply annotate the text using colo

Independent events - L2 Probability

Submitted by Nick Worsley on Wed, 2018-01-24 20:50

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, GCSE P4, HD2/L1.1, HD2/L1.2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5


Straightforward probability questions for L2 Functional Maths (dice, playing cards, socks, pens, etc.). Includes useful practice with simplifying fractions.
Plus an interesting extension question.

Fatal Affraction

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Sun, 2018-01-07 17:21

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, GCSE N10, N2/L1.3, N2/L2.2, N2/L2.1, N2/L2.3

ICT: Using ICT

Free tags: Stretch & Challenge

Resource type: Interactive worksheet, Teaching idea, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

This is a set of worksheets in a MS Excel workbook that deals with fractions. – Sheet one: a set of pictures (pie charts) that shows fractions from halves to tenths – Sheet two: equivalent fractions with two pie charts, learners can input fractions and see if they are equivalent by looking at the shape of the pie charts – Sheet three: starting to look at fractions being equivalent to decimals with two pie charts one for fractions and one for decimals – Sheet four: a ‘playground’ for learners to input various fracti

Find the /f/ sounds

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Sun, 2018-01-07 13:59

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/E3.2, GCSE A6 SPaG, Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing, Ww/L2.1, Word origins

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

This is a spelling/phonetics resource that could be used as a starter, differentiated activity or filler. Learners colour in the squares where the words have an /f/ sound, these words are hidden with words that are ‘gh’ but aren’t pronounced /f/. When completed the grid shows a smiley face. There are a few trap words in here which can be used for dictionary or internet search practice.

Formal and informal writing

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Wed, 2018-01-03 21:24

Literacy: (a) Use tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.6, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

A set of two exercises (one vocabulary exercise, then a directed writing exercise) plus an extension (fun exercise where learners use the ‘wrong’ register to write a text) to learn about formal and informal language in English.

Editor’s note
No answers
Love the final exercise :) The examples (which involve David Beckham and a broken washing machine) are hilarious.

Comparing texts - gunpowder plot

Submitted by Sarah Holmes on Wed, 2018-01-03 11:13

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A2 Analyse, GCSE A3 Compare texts

Free tags: Guy Fawkes

Context: History

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension, Revision material

Aimed at Functional Skills Level 2 learners, this resource is also suitable for the new 9 -1 GCSE requirements (Reading A2 and A3).

It is designed to be done towards the end of a unit on reading skills as it draws together skimming, scanning, information retrieval skills and the ability to collate information.

3 non-fiction texts on the theme of the gunpowder plot are provided along with a worksheet with exam-style reading comprehension questions about the 3 texts.

Conjunctive adverbs

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Mon, 2017-12-11 22:33

Literacy: GCSE A5, GCSE A6 SPaG, Ws/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: adverbial conjuncts, adverbs, conjunctive adverbs

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is a short explanation with examples of eight sorts of conjunctive adverb arranged by type. There is an activity to complete, as well as some stretch/research activities for differentiation.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to L2 Functional English and GCSE English

House prices - calculate & interpret averages

Submitted by Paul Burnett on Fri, 2017-12-08 20:28

Numeracy: GCSE S4, Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/L2.3, HD1/L2.4

Free tags: outlier

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

I have found that although some learners are able to calculate averages, they often struggle to interpret the results. This resource has been designed with this in mind.

Editor’s note
With answers, plus detailed curriculum mapping for both GCSE and Functional Maths

Pick 'n Mix writing task

Submitted by Ruth North on Tue, 2017-06-20 19:50

Literacy: (a) Use tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences, Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.1, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Teaching idea, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

I’m using this activity to give learners a writing frame for a piece of creative writing. I want them to really think about purpose of text when they are creating it, so they have to pick the format, style and tone of their work and plan it out.

Sunny Estate Agents - Persuasive Writing Task

Submitted by Narinder Kallay on Sun, 2017-05-07 08:08

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A5, Functional English - writing

Free tags: AFOREST

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Sort or match cards, Writing prompts

This resource is a writing task which asks the learners to use relevant literary devices (languages features) to compose a ‘For Sale’ ad for a house.

Prior to commencing the task, the learners are made aware of the following devices using a card match activity:

  • Flattery
  • Opinion
  • Hyperbole
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Imperative Command
  • Triples
  • Emotive Language
  • Statistics and Figures
  • Rhetorical Questions
  • Repetition

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