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Volunteer Job Advert - reading & writing tasks

Submitted by Jane Stringer on Tue, 2017-06-13 16:23

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Employment skills & Public services, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This teaching and assessment resource combines reading comprehension and a letter writing task based on an advert for a volunteer role as a Customer Service Assistant for a charity shop.

In Task 1, students read the job advert and answer questions to check their understanding. In Task 2, they make notes about their personal skills and qualities, then draft and write a letter to apply for the volunteer role.

Working with Data

Submitted by Natasha Galliford on Mon, 2017-06-12 11:58

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number, Averages and range, HD1/L1.1, HD1/L2.1, HD1/L1.2, HD1/L2.2

Free tags: football, Glastonbury, weather

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism, Sport

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

This resource uses several tables of data and requires the user to complete calculations based on the data such as mean, median, mode and range as well as percentages and rounding. There is also a task where the learner must create a chart based on a table of data.

Editor’s note
There is something for everyone in this robust resource as it’s split into three sections: weather, Premier League and Glastonbury Festival. With answers and curriculum mapping.

Big Brother writing and discussion task (2)

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Mon, 2017-06-05 16:24

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Flash cards, Interactive presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity

I have had feedback from people using the Big Brother PDF discussion worksheet (see link below – under see also) but without any pictures! The fun part of the session (and for it to really work) is to show the students the people they have chosen: this generates plenty of discussion about prejudice and stereotyping. So, here are the 20 pictures to match to each description given in the earlier resource.

Guinness world records

Submitted by Hannah Yates on Mon, 2017-06-05 12:51

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, N2/L2.5, N2/L2.6, MSS1/L2.5, MSS1/L2.6

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

21 interesting (and challenging!) questions for practice with converting between metric and imperial measurements. Question pages can be divided amongst the class and then answers can be shared. Extension ideas could include measuring learners’ feet/ height and comparing them to the records.

Editor’s note
Also provides practice with rounding decimals to a sensible number of decimal places. *The answer sheet, which includes detailed working out, is only available to site contributors.

New Job - Functional Skills

Submitted by Hannah Yates on Fri, 2017-06-02 13:52

Numeracy: Functional Maths, N2/L1.9, N2/L2.8, MSS1/L1.2, MSS1/L1.1, MSS1/L1.3, MSS1/L2.2, N2/L1.5

Literacy: Functional English - writing

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A differentiated resource to recap many number & measure skills and to help learners with the skills needed when looking for or applying for a job.

How to not pass your driving test

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Tue, 2017-05-30 09:42

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A short, contextual news article with associated comprehension and two writing tasks (a Facebook message and a formal letter).

Editor’s note
With answers and detailed curriculum mapping.

E2-E3 Train journeys Functional Maths

Submitted by Deborah Proudfoot on Mon, 2017-05-22 20:38

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

This functional resource gets the learner to answers some questions about a depicted rail ticket and then look up costs for two journeys and carry out further calculations: Woking to London (E2), London to Glasgow (E3 extension questions).

Addition is used to find the cost of two tickets and subtraction to find the difference between two tickets and the cost of two tickets. Multiplication is used to find the cost of an hourly car park ticket.

Functional Maths skills checks E2/E3 and E3/L1

Submitted by Nicola Smith on Thu, 2017-05-18 17:57

Numeracy: Number, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

Context: Animal care & Equine, Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

A range of questions that I have designed for my Functional Skills Maths learners.The focus is on the four operations (+ – x ÷) with wide coverage of measures and money.

There are two sets of similar, but differentiated, questions so that learners at both both levels can complete them in the same lesson. Each set of questions cover several themes (dog show and music festival) followed by a set of mixed questions and a final page of stretch and challenge tasks.

Literacy: Functional English - reading

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E3.2d, ESOL Rt/E3.4a, ESOL Sc/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E3.4e, ESOL Sd/E3.1d, ESOL Ws/E3.1a

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Ice breaker, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

A reading activity on legal age limits in different parts of the UK. Includes: education, voting, driving, marriage and work.

The starter is a true / false questionnaire, to elicit prior knowledge and to prompt discussion on age limits, and how the UK consists of four countries with differing laws. The main text can be divided up into a five-part jigsaw (all the paragraphs with headings), with learners sharing the information verbally before looking at the full text.

Money in, money out

Submitted by Deborah Proudfoot on Mon, 2017-05-08 14:25

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

Context: Business & Money management, Independent living

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

This a functional resource. This resource uses addition, subtraction, multiplication and rounding numbers.
Sam and Tom have weekly incomes from various sources and lots of expenditure!
Subtraction is needed to find out how much money they have left, and multiplication is used to work out money needed for lunches for each day. Each section ends with a rounding task showing items the students have saved for.

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