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Shocking sugar levels in High Street hot drinks

Submitted by Laura Bell on Fri, 2016-02-19 00:15

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing frame

Level: E3, L1, L2

Topical resource based on a news story. Reading comprehension at 2 levels (E3 and L1/L2) plus two writing extension activities with writing frames. Some embedded maths (including a chart in the L1/L2 exercise) and the opportunity to discuss healthy eating. The higher level comprehension aims to get learners to understand in depth what they are reading, rather than just answer the questions from the text.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3

Context: History, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1

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

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. Ideal for Pancake day but could be used any time of year.

Based on two recent articles about Pancake Day in recent editions of the Evening Standard.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.2, Rt/E3.5, Rt/E3.7, Rt/E3.8

Free tags: Shrove Tuesday

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

A rigorous and fully mapped reading assessment with mark sheet. Can also of course be used for normal classwork , revision, homework or private study. Ideal for Pancake day but could be used any time of year.

Based on an article on Pancake Day events in a recent edition of the Evening Standard. Includes restaurants, pancake races, charity events and competitions.

Costs of a night out to London

Submitted by Deborah Proudfoot on Mon, 2016-02-01 17:13

Numeracy: Functional Maths

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

This is a set of three (maybe more) lessons which looks at the costs of a night out to London. It starts with students having to look at a train ticket and get the asked information from it – cost/type of ticket/time. It uses addition as students need to find out the cost of two tickets. They then use google to search times of trains. The next session looks at the cost of the theatre ticket and finding out the change you would have from a given amount again researching the theatre on the internet.

Costing Paint Webquest

Submitted by Phil Bird on Sun, 2016-01-24 16:39

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number, MSS1/L1.9, MSS1/L2.8, N2/E3.4, N2/L1.11, N2/L2.10

Context: Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

In this activity, learners have to calculate how much paint is required for a specified job, find prices from different sources and work out total prices. This can then be compared.

Conjunctions - for hairdressing students

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2016-01-24 15:11

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

Context: Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Interactive presentation

A PPT to supplement work on this topic in the context of hairdressing.
Also includes a quick starter on punctuation.

Homework Horror!

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2016-01-19 22:23

Literacy: Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

Context: Education, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

A resource based on a current (Jan 2016) Huffington Post news report about a piece of homework that was sent home for a child to learn which contained incorrect spellings.
Learners are to identify and correct the errors, write a full explanation of their thoughts on the matter and write an appropriate email to the head teacher.

Editor’s note
A wonderful, real-life and very functional task!

Odd and even numbers post sorting activity

Submitted by Martyn Staines on Tue, 2016-01-12 22:25

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E2

Resource type: Cut and stick, Worksheet or assignment

Little starter activity for E2 learners to use odds and evens in a common real life scenario. Could be cut and stick or learners just write in numbers, for a quicker activity.

The problem with obesity

Submitted by Laura Bell on Wed, 2016-01-06 21:42

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Cloze activity, reading and a writing exercise to mark National Obesity Awareness Week which runs 12th-18th January 2015, although the activity does not specifically refer to this and so can be used at any time. The cloze acts as an introduction, while the reading should stimulate discussion and provide the background for the writing activity.

New Year 2016 reading comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Fri, 2016-01-01 13:48

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L2.1

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A reading comprehension based on the BBC website’s coverage of celebrations around the world.

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