Functional English - writing
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.
Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Functional English - writing
Free tags: Guy Fawkes
Context: History, Independent living
Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
A Bonfire Night themed resource covering some aspects of literacy and numeracy.
The resource contains a basic reading comprehension about the History of Bonfire Night. This is followed by a numeracy activity where students have to buy fireworks for a display with a budget of £300. The final activity is a writing task and learners have to create a poster advertising the event.
I created this for an ILS (independent life skills) class but it could be used with Entry Functional Skills learners too.
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.
Numeracy: Functional Maths - number
Free tags: Olympics
Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport
Resource type: Cloze exercise, Writing prompts
The cloze is also a clever way of embedding some maths (large numbers).
Context: Art Film Media Music TV
Resource type: Assessment material, Investigation or project, Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing prompts
I trialled it with my learners as a ‘practise’ presentation before their final assessment.
Context: Motor vehicles & Transport
Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts
Your brother is looking for a new car. You notice a suitable car advertised in your local supermarket so you email your brother and tell him about the car.
Entry 2 Functional Skills practice writing exam – with suggested differentiation for E1 and E3.
With Functional Skills mapping
Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing
Context: Animal care & Equine
Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts
Three sets of differentiated reading questions (E1, E2, E3) based on a poster about a shire horse centre / farm.
Covers all aspects of Entry Level functional skills reading. The writing task asks learners to plan and create an advertising poster for an attraction of their choice.
With full curriculum mapping
Literacy: Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.6, Functional English - writing
Context: Health, Social care, Early years
Resource type: Worksheet or assignment
Could be used by anyone – not just Early Years!
With answer key and Functional Skills mapping
Pre-entry: Sentence Focus, Ww/M8.2, Rw/M8.2, Rw/M8.3
Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.1, Functional English - writing, Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)
ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Ww/E1.1a
Resource type: Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment
8 pictures and words to teach the vocabulary of things in a living room. Can be cut up and used as a picture / word match activity for groups or as a whole class activity. Can also be used to practise alphabetical ordering. There is also
a worksheet, a labelling exercise and short simple writing activity to practise the structure ‘there is / there are’.
Literacy: Ww/E1.1, Ww/E1.3, Ww/E2.1, Ww/E2.2, Functional English - writing, Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)
ESOL: ESOL Ww/E1.1a, ESOL Ww/E1.1b, ESOL Ww/E2.1a
Resource type: Worksheet or assignment
Using this resource, learners at E1-2 level learn to recognise vowels and consonants, spell the days of the week and identify these spellings with everyday activities and calendar usage. At E2-3 level learners can use the resource to develop their ideas into sentences that incorporate days of the week.