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Are graffiti artists criminals?

Submitted by Sean Delaney on Tue, 2017-10-10 16:59

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Use appropriate language and strategies

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Teaching idea, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Two PowerPoint resources for discussion that can feed into Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills for English, Speaking & Listening.

Editor’s note
Also covers research, reading and writing. Great for prompting discussion among 14-19 year olds.

Halloween compound sentences

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2017-10-09 11:28

Literacy: Ws/E2.1, Ws/E3.1, Ws/E3.3, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Halloween

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

10/10/17 Several minor and one major correction made

These tasks assume no previous knowledge of compound sentences and/or conjunctions. They do assume the learner is familiar with simple sentences (i.e.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Halloween

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Assessment material, Worksheet or assignment

A set of six linked, differentiated texts about Halloween, with associated writing assessments.
Two texts for each Entry Level: an email, a party invitation, a recipe, instructions for a Halloween game, a contents page, and a newspaper article.

Looking out for scams

Submitted by Rachel Farrow on Thu, 2017-09-28 09:31

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Rt/E1.1

Free tags: reading, scams

Context: Independent living

Level: E1

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation, Reading comprehension

A Powerpoint presentation designed to prompt discussion and accompanying reading comprehension to advise about avoiding scams.

Editor’s note
With curriculum mapping. Covers reading, writing and SL&C.

Fatbergs - L1 Functional English reading tasks

Submitted by Leon Palmer on Wed, 2017-09-27 18:24

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A Level 1 reading task based on a BBC news article about problems with London’s Victorian sewers.
It focuses on text types, reading for gist and detail, vocab building and personal responses.

Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping.

Using distance and mileage charts

Submitted by Nicola Smith on Mon, 2017-09-25 19:13

Numeracy: Functional Maths, Length weight capacity temperature scales, HD1/E3.1, HD1/L1.1, MSS1/L1.5

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Interactive presentation

Functional skills maths.
Extract information from mileage and distance (network) diagrams. Complete a mileage chart.
Editor’s note
With worked solutions, pop up help and a final challenge question.
Ideal as an introduction or for revision.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: biography

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An ESOL reading comprehension based on a BBC News report on the death of Stanislav Petrov, who averted a potential Cold War disaster in 1983.

The text contains several examples of past perfect, reported speech and third / mixed conditionals. The activity combines reading for gist, for detail, identifying vocabulary and identifying parts of speech.

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Assessment material, Worksheet or assignment

A set of robust questions covering plans / scale drawings, calculating area, finding the best prices, percentages, ratios and much more. Mapped to the L1 and L2 Functional Maths criteria. 12 questions spread across 4 tasks: Loft Conversion, Social Club, College Canteen and Living Room.

EDITOR’S NOTE
__This 8 page resource is complete and full usable.

Formula 1 Functional Maths

Submitted by Bruce Nightingale on Sun, 2017-09-17 20:23

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

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport, Sport

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A set of Formula 1 scenarios based on the four rules of mathematics and using formulae expressed in words and/or numbers. This resource tests students’ ability to use formulae to solve problems based on a motor racing car travelling on a race track. Some of the scenarios test the students ability to convert units to get a sensible answer. I encourage my students to estimate the answers before attempting for real! Some do, some don’t …

Editor’s note
With Functional Maths mapping and sample answers.

Haunted Portsmouth

Submitted by Jayn Coe on Sun, 2017-09-17 17:36

Literacy: Functional Skills English

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Free tags: Halloween

Context: History

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Designed for Entry 3 – Level 2 Functional Skills English.
Students loved this lesson. Can be designed around other areas but covers:
Writing persuasively.
Fact and opinion.
Research write a factual article
Create a poster using appropriate language.

Speaking & listening
Everyone has a ghost story to tell, so as a starter, ask the class for their contributions.
Discuss the local area and what they believe to be haunted.
Listen and respond appropriately to other points of view.

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