Numeracy: N2/L1.8, N2/L1.9, Functional Maths - number, N2/L2.8
Resource type: Game
A simple but effective dice game to help students become familiar with, and practise, calculating percentages of amounts. You will need to customise 2 dice by writing amounts on one and percentages on the other.
Literacy: Plan, compose and draft, Wt/E3.1, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L2.1, Functional English - writing
Resource type: Flash cards, Writing prompts
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Numeracy: Functional Maths - number
Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment
FDP (fraction – decimal – percentage) Functional Skills exam style questions at L1 and L2 (plus an extension question). Three lengthy questions.
The focus is on showing step by step, clear working out.
With answer sheet and curriculum mapping
Context: History, News, Politics &Government items
Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
This is a reading comprehension and dictionary exercise based on the life of Fidel Castro. I have provided the reading text first and then the vocabulary work. However, with some groups it may be better to work on the vocabulary before tackling the text.
Also includes a useful research/summarising/timeline activity and points for writing or discussion. Includes curriculum mapping but no answer sheet.
Literacy: Functional Skills English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing
Free tags: Remembrance day
Resource type: Discussion points, Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
Editor’s note: covers all aspects of L1-2 Functional English – also suitable for GCSE.
Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology
Resource type: Reading comprehension, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment
A reading comprehension activity, based on an extract from a Guardian article on the value of smart meters. Questions cover the following skills: reading for gist, skimming, scanning, identifying the use of a pronoun, vocabulary matching and inferring. Suitable for Entry 3 – Level 1.
Literacy: Apply grammar, Apply strategies to spell correctly
ESOL: ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)
Context: Painting Decorating & DIY
Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment
It is designed to be used as a whole group lesson starter. It is differentiated in the sense that more able learners will be expected to complete the more complex tasks.
The vocabulary in the example sentences is aimed at Painting & Decorating students, but the resource is suitable for all.
Literacy: Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.2, Wt/L2.1, Wt/L2.2, Functional English - writing
Context: Employment skills & Public services
Resource type: Informative presentation, Sort or match cards
Firstly, I would check learners understand the term ‘Employability’ and, using the letters in the the word, ask learners to come up with ideas for the personal skills and qualities needed to get a job. For example – E – enthusiastic, energetic, M – motivated, multi-talented …etc. I would then move on to the PPT.
The Power Point is fairly straight forward. Work through this but stop to do the card activity (after slide 5). Laminate and cut up the card activity.
Resource type: Interactive presentation
- Percentages of simple amounts (10%, 50% etc).
- More challenging amounts (e.g 15%)
- Percentage increase and decrease.
Each objective has examples, followed by tasks.
Literacy: General literacy / English
ESOL: ESOL Listening, ESOL Speaking, ESOL Reading
Free tags: Equality and Diversity
Context: Art Film Media Music TV
Resource type: Discussion points, Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Teaching idea
These lesson activities are based on scenes from David Lean’s 1984 film, A Passage to India. Topics relating to culture, integration, separation, race, ethnicity, identity and humanity can easily be raised and discussed via the materials and the film scenes. There are many ways of using this original material and the suggestions are just activities that have worked with L2 and [even] L1 students.