Level 1

Shocking sugar levels in High Street hot drinks

Submitted by Laura Bell on Fri, 2016-02-19 00:15

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing frame

Level: E3, L1, L2

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

Level: L1

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.

Costing Paint Webquest

Submitted by Phil Bird on Sun, 2016-01-24 16:39

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

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

In this activity, learners have to calculate how much paint is required for a specified job, find prices from different sources and work out total prices. This can then be compared.

Homework Horror!

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2016-01-19 22:23

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

Context: Education, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

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.

Editor’s note
A wonderful, real-life and very functional task!

Mobile phone packages - answer sheet

Submitted by Martyn Staines on Tue, 2016-01-12 18:07

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number

Free tags: Mobile phone

Level: L1

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.

Museum of Your Life

Submitted by Jacqueline Stamp on Wed, 2016-01-06 22:45

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

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.

The problem with obesity

Submitted by Laura Bell on Wed, 2016-01-06 21:42

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

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: L1, L2

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.

New Year 2016 reading comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Fri, 2016-01-01 13:48

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L2.1

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A reading comprehension based on the BBC website’s coverage of celebrations around the world.

Whale Watch Tours - E3-L1 Functional Maths

Submitted by Marion Martin on Thu, 2015-12-31 19:24

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Free tags: Australia

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A worksheet giving details of 4 different whale watching tours (times, cost, accessibility, activities, etc.).

This is followed by 4 different scenarios, each describing a family or group. Students must choose the best tour for each group and work out the costs. As this holiday activity is in Australia, the price are in $AUD.

Happy New Year - introduction to algebra

Submitted by Kath Blanchard on Wed, 2015-12-30 17:16

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, Mental maths, N1/L1.11, N1/L2.4

Free tags: New Year

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

An introductory PPT based task to find the value of the three words in ‘Happy New Year’, given certain values for each letter. This is followed up by a set of question cards on calculations with the letters of Happy New Year and an algebra worksheet with the same given values, using BODMAS.

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