Any resource that is particularly good for the start of a lesson

Easter biscuits

Submitted by Judith White on Sun, 2007-03-25 17:18

Numeracy: N1/L1.7, N1/L2.3

ESOL: General ESOL

Free tags: Easter, Equality and Diversity, Recipe

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Easter biscuits whole group quick starter activity on resizing a recipe. Two versions available: one is simplified for ESOL learners or those with lower literacy levels.

Literacy: Apostrophes, Rs/L1.2, Ws/L2.4

Context: Business & Money management, Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Game, Sort or match cards, Warm-up

Two different multi-sensory activities – both make ideal starters.
1) pin-up sentence sorting (choice of genric, IT or beauty cards)
2) apostrophe dominoes.

Work - vocabulary cards

Submitted by Laura Jeffrey Kiiza on Fri, 2007-01-19 17:19

Literacy: Ww/E1.1, Ww/E2.1, Ww/E2.2, Rw/E1.1, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E2.1, Rw/E2.2

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Rw/E1.2a, ESOL Rw/E2.2a, ESOL Rw/E2.3a, ESOL Sc/E1.1b, ESOL Sc/E2.1b, ESOL Ww/E1.1a, ESOL Ww/E1.1b, ESOL Ww/E2.1a, ESOL Ww/E2.1b

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Flash cards, Sort or match cards, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2

27 pictures of different jobs and matching word cards – plus lots of teaching ideas for Entry 1 and 2 literacy and ESOL classes.

Purpose and audience

Submitted by Emma Shaw on Sat, 2007-01-13 17:19

Literacy: Rt/E2.2, Rt/E3.2, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2

Free tags: Family learning

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Warm-up

Purpose and audience task sheets provide a good ice breaker for mixed ability and family literacy groups and make for easy differentiation as learners choose their own texts to work with.

Spelling challenge

Submitted by D Griffiths on Fri, 2007-01-05 17:19

Literacy: Ww/E1.3, Ww/E2.2

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

These sheets make great starter activities – especially when used in pairs or small groups. One for qu- words, one for -all words and a blank ‘wall’ to add your own spelling challenge.


Submitted by Fiona Campbell on Fri, 2007-01-05 17:19

Numeracy: N1/E1.7, N1/E2.7, Mental maths, N1/E3.9, N1/L1.3, N1/L2.1

Resource type: Warm-up

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

THOAN (think of a number) makes a great starter and can be adapted for all levels.


Submitted by Judith White on Sun, 2006-10-29 17:11

Numeracy: MSS1/E3.3, N1/E3.9, N1/L1.3, MSS1/L1.3, MSS1/L2.2

Free tags: Equality and Diversity, Guy Fawkes

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Warm-up

A topical starter activity for mixed ability groups (E2 – L2). Suitable for classes on or around bonfire night, Chinese New Year and New Year’s Eve. Covers time, problem solving and more.

Multiplication matching facts

Submitted by Jane Marsh on Fri, 2006-10-06 17:11

Numeracy: N1/E3.5, N1/L1.5, N1/L1.6

Resource type: Game, Sort or match cards, Warm-up

Level: E3, L1

Multiplication matching facts is much more than just matching ‘tables’. Use as an ice breaker, for group or individual work, to show progression or to collect data for future statistics work. Complete with differentiation ideas for E3 and L1.

Think of a number (version 1)

Submitted by Judith White on Sun, 2006-07-09 17:11

Numeracy: N1/E2.5, N1/E3.3, Mental maths, N1/L1.11, N1/L2.4

Resource type: Warm-up

Level: E2, E3, L2

Mental maths starter (doubling, halving, addition and subtraction) that can also be used as a gentle introduction to substitution.

Murder at the grange

Submitted by Brian Harris on Thu, 2006-04-13 17:12

Numeracy: MSS1/L1.3, MSS1/L2.2

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

Use this puzzler to reinforce working with time. Makes a great warm-up or plenary activity.

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