Contextual Resources

Select learning level(s) and subject area(s) in the boxes below to find resources to suit. Then click on the title of a resource you are interested in to see full details of that resource, including file downloads, “more like this”, “see also” and comments from other users.

Maths at Work - all 4 number functions

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Mon, 2016-07-04 10:54

Numeracy: N1/E3.2, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number, N1/E3.4, N2/E3.3, N1/E3.5, N2/E3.5, MSS1/E3.1, N1/E3.6, MSS1/E3.2, N1/L1.3, MSS1/L1.1, N1/L1.5

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Revision of all 4 number functions (+,-,x,÷). Originally aimed at JobCentrePlus Upskill clients but suitable for all. Contexts include office, fast food restaurant, and care home The first page is adapted from Liverpool Community College Flexipacks. All other work is original.

Editor’s note
Includes Functional Maths mapping (E3-L2)

Ice Falling from Planes

Submitted by Marion Martin on Sun, 2016-07-03 18:02

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

General: Autistic spectrum support, Dyslexia support

Free tags: accidents, aeroplanes, ice, news

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

A simplified version of a newspaper article. The reading is followed by comprehension questions, a meaning match, a word find, and a scanning for correct spelling exercise. Developed for an adult student with Asperger’s, as well as dyslexia, who needs lots of motivation and exercises easy enough for him to be able to be successful without too much help.

Adapted from a Level 1 resource What happens to Ice Falling from planes
from Dave Norgate (2010).

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Free tags: Wimbledon

Context: Sport

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Assessment material, Worksheet or assignment

.A gigantic worksheet / assessment pack based on Facts & Stats from the official Wimbledon site in 2016. Covers almost all aspects of Functional Maths and is split into differentiated sections covering Entry Level 2 to Level 2.
*Minor update 3/7/16* – extra line graph question and improved graph paper.

Editor’s note
A separate answer sheet / mapping / score sheet is also available for regular contributors only. Please use ‘contact us’ (or email me direct) to request a copy of the 8 page PDF.

EU members - interpreting infographics

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Fri, 2016-06-24 14:33

Numeracy: Functional Maths, HD1/L1.1, HD1/L2.1

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

A set of differentiated Functional Skills tasks aimed at E3-L2 maths and L1-2 English reading. Based on a well designed, unbiased infographic published on the eve of the EU referendum by the I newspaper.
With answers and detailed FS mapping.

Manage your own money

Submitted by Dawn Morris on Wed, 2016-06-22 17:14

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Context: Business & Money management, Independent living

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Investigation or project

Comprehensive, step by step 12 page workbook.
Students must research their own budgets and local financial institutions before making major financial decision such as costing an event and taking out a loan to buy a car.
Covers money, decimals, ratio and percentages (interest rates). Fully mapped to E2-L1 Functional Maths.

EU quick quiz

Submitted by Jay Hall on Tue, 2016-06-21 16:44

Literacy: Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.5, Engage in Discussion

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Discussion points, Quiz, Sort or match cards

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

A quick paper based quiz on the EU adapted from the on-screen version on the uk.gov site at: www.eureferendum.gov.uk

It isn’t directly about the referendum but might be useful to spark debates.

Help for Heroes - Functional English tasks

Submitted by Hazel Hughes on Mon, 2016-06-20 18:17

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Ws/E2.1

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E1, E2

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

Reading, writing and discussion tasks based on an email about a charity event. Discuss the email with a friend, design a poster, complete compound sentences, and answer a wide range of reading questions. Its wide appeal makes it ideal for mixed ability Entry groups.
With detailed E1-E2 Functional English curriculum mapping.

Writing an email - I saw a car for sale

Submitted by Hazel Hughes on Sat, 2016-06-18 17:12

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

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E2

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.
Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping

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

Context: Animal care & Equine

Level: E1, E2, E3

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.
Editor’s note
With full curriculum mapping

Entry Functional English listening tasks x 2

Submitted by Hazel Hughes on Thu, 2016-06-16 20:39

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, SLlr/E1.1, SLlr/E1.2, SLlr/E1.3, SLlr/E2.2, SLlr/E2.3

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity

Set of listening actvities ideal for, and fully mapped to, Entry 1 and 2 Functional English learners.
Based on two everyday listening events

  • A radio advertisement for a local estate agent
  • An airport tannoy announcement
    Each provides practice listening for gist and detail in short explanations & instructions.

© 2011 Skills Workshop. Site development by Fonant. Theme based on Corolla by Kiwi Themes.