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Solar panels L2 Functional Maths questions

Submitted by Hannah Yates on Mon, 2017-03-06 18:16

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS2/L2.2, MSS2/L2.3

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Employment skills & Public services, Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

5 questions, increasing in difficulty, to get learners to work out how many solar panels can fit on different size roofs. Involves metric conversions between mm, cm and m. Learners have to work with the panels being placed in 2 different orientations to work out the maximum number of panels that can fit.

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS2/L2.2, MSS2/L2.3

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: L2

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

Four challenging Functional Skills maths questions to encourage learners to use diagrams to cut shapes out of different materials. The questions are based on past Edexcel Functional skills exam questions that learners find difficult. Also involves metric conversions.

Editor’s note
Includes answer sheet and curriculum mapping. Excellent coverage of a topic that almost all learners find tricky.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.8

Free tags: Shrove Tuesday, Easter

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, History, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L2

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension

A rigorous and fully mapped reading assessment with mark sheet and detailed answers. This resource takes account of the changes demanded since Ofqual published its thematic review of Functional Skills in January 2015. Can also of course be used for normal classwork, revision, homework or private study.

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/L1.11, MSS1/L2.10, MSS2/L2.1, MSS2/L2.3

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: L2

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

Three challenging Functional skills questions to get learners to draw 2D representations of 3D objects using a given scale. The questions are based on an exam question from an Edexcel L2 paper last year that learners found difficult.

Editor’s note
With answers and curriculum mapping.

Highway Code for Motor Cyclists

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Sun, 2017-01-15 23:52

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A short reading comprehension and writing task based on a section of the Highway Code for motorcyclists.

Africa Cup of Nations 2017

Submitted by Rebecca Gordon on Sun, 2017-01-08 23:36

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.4, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E1.1b, ESOL Rw/E2.5a, ESOL Ww/E1.2a

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Sport

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

This resource is useful for lessons relating to sports and diversity. It includes reading comprehension, alphabetical ordering, reading simple instructions, using a map/key, and a short writing task.

Editor’s note
Written for E1-E2 ESOL students but also suitable for E1-2 Functional English.

CVC words

Submitted by Hawa Lunat on Sat, 2017-01-07 12:35

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E1.1, Rw/E1.2, Wt/E1.1, Wt/E2.1, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.2a, ESOL Reading

Context: Animal care & Equine

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

The first page of this resource will help students to identify consonants and vowels, which then leads onto CVC word building and reading skills.

Pages 2 & 3 have two short texts that my students enjoyed very much. These help students practise reading and identifying the structure of CVC words. They will then be able to answer simple comprehension questions.

You may want to cut up the passages and set up a jigsaw reading activity.

Glossary of Building Terms

Submitted by Toby Doncaster on Thu, 2017-01-05 21:43

Literacy: Rw/L1.1, Rw/L1.2, Rw/L2.2

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: L1

Resource type: Reference card, Worksheet or assignment

A short exercise for Construction students to read the official definition for several terms and then write their understanding of the definition in their own words.

Fidel Castro

Submitted by Lynn Bradshaw on Thu, 2017-01-05 19:54

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Engage in Discussion

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

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.
Editor’s note
Also includes a useful research/summarising/timeline activity and points for writing or discussion. Includes curriculum mapping but no answer sheet.

The Poppy Appeal L1-2 Functional English workbook

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Mon, 2016-11-07 15:52

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Remembrance day

Context: Employment skills & Public services, History, Voluntary & Charity

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is a selection of literacy tasks, based on the Poppy Appeal 2016 and John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, covering aspects of speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Editor’s note: covers all aspects of L1-2 Functional English – also suitable for GCSE.

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