Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing
Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology
Resource type: Discussion points, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
A resource pack to suit Functional Skills English at Levels 1 and 2, based on a BBC magazine article about the ET video game and the collapse of Atari. Reading tasks are supported by You-tube clips designed to prompt small group discussions. There is also a writing task.
Includes curriculum mapping and answers.
Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths
Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Health, Social care, Early years, News, Politics &Government items
Resource type: Worksheet or assignment
Based on three recent articles about sugar in food and drinks – with a special focus on high sugar drinks sold by popular High Street coffee shops.
The articles are followed by six pages of challenging differentiated questions for E3-L2 Functional Maths – all are based on the articles. Topics include large numbers; fraction, decimal & percentage equivalents, averages & range, extracting information from tables, and the four operations.
Also includes embedded Functional English.
Numeracy: General numeracy / maths
Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing frame
Topical resource based on a news story. Reading comprehension at 2 levels (E3 and L1/L2) plus two writing extension activities with writing frames. Some embedded maths (including a chart in the L1/L2 exercise) and the opportunity to discuss healthy eating. The higher level comprehension aims to get learners to understand in depth what they are reading, rather than just answer the questions from the text.
Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3
Context: History, Leisure Travel Tourism
Resource type: Assessment material, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment
A rigorous and fully mapped reading assessment with mark sheet and detailed answers. This resource takes account of the changes demanded since Ofqual published its thematic review of Functional Skills in January 2015. Can also of course be used for normal classwork, revision, homework or private study. Ideal for Pancake day but could be used any time of year.
Based on two recent articles about Pancake Day in recent editions of the Evening Standard.
Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number, MSS1/L1.9, MSS1/L2.8, N2/E3.4, N2/L1.11, N2/L2.10
Context: Painting Decorating & DIY
Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment
Literacy: Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing
Context: Education, News, Politics &Government items
Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts
A resource based on a current (Jan 2016) Huffington Post news report about a piece of homework that was sent home for a child to learn which contained incorrect spellings.
Learners are to identify and correct the errors, write a full explanation of their thoughts on the matter and write an appropriate email to the head teacher.
A wonderful, real-life and very functional task!
Numeracy: Functional Maths - number
Free tags: Mobile phone
Resource type: Worksheet or assignment
Answers to Gordon Noblett’s phone packages resource: http://www.skillsworkshop.org/resources/mobile-phone-packages (or see below under See also).
Editor’s note (Jan 2016)
This is an answer sheet for a resource written in 2007.
Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
An enjoyable and challenging Creative Writing exercise that learners can use for reflection and self-expression. Responses from my learners have been in the form of articles, reports, power-point presentations, stories, poems, museum guidebooks, and notated floor-plans, but could also be in any other format agreed between tutor and learner.
The sheet can also be used as a discussion exercise for Speaking, Listening and Communication purposes.
Context: Health, Social care, Early years
Resource type: Cloze exercise, Writing frame, Writing prompts
Cloze activity, reading and a writing exercise to mark National Obesity Awareness Week which runs 12th-18th January 2015, although the activity does not specifically refer to this and so can be used at any time. The cloze acts as an introduction, while the reading should stimulate discussion and provide the background for the writing activity.