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Holocaust Memorial Day - Functional English tasks

Submitted by Kate Buckell on Sun, 2013-03-24 14:23

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: History

Level: E1, E2

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

Simplified texts and DARTS activities with follow up writing tasks at E1 and E2.
Based on material from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website http://hmd.org.uk/
Prior to completing the reading and writing tasks the class listened to a podcast of a survivor talking about their experiences.The material from both the listening activity (http://hmd.org.uk/resources/podcasts/i-was-there)
and the simplified reading (original text at http://hmd.org.uk/resources/survivor-stories/hidden-histories-martha-blend) was then us

Beating Crime - Functional Skills reading

Submitted by Stephen Griffin on Fri, 2013-03-15 19:03

Literacy: Reading, Functional English - reading

Context: Politics & News items

Level: E3, L1

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

An E3-L1 Functional Skills reading resource modelled on C&G assessments. The activities are based around two documents, one from the BBC news website and the other a leaflet advertising a private police service. May prompt discussion on the nature of crime, punishment and the role of the police force in society.

Income & Expenditure

Submitted by Susan Vickers on Wed, 2013-03-06 18:31

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E3.1, MSS1/L1.1

Context: Independent living

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

A straightforward addition and subtraction worksheet which can be used a starter or a worksheet for adult learners. Also useful for teenagers doing budgeting, independent living, etc.

Bath & West Show

Submitted by Stella Jales on Thu, 2013-02-21 13:26

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money

Context: Animal care & Equine, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Informative presentation, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

This is a practical handling data task at L1 and L2 which uses the Internet to find the necesssary data in order to complete a Expenses claim form.

I work with Landbased students most of whom visit an exhibition at the Bath & West show ground.

Cocktails and smoothie ratios - extension tasks

Submitted by Stella Jales on Thu, 2013-02-21 11:48

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/L1.7, N1/L2.3

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity

Hands-on extension tasks for various Skillsworkshop cocktail and smoothie resources. (Original resources can be found under “see also” below).

Costa Concordia - inference and bias

Submitted by Jenny Scott on Sun, 2013-02-17 12:34

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Politics & News items

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Level: L2

This is a news article about the sinking of the Costa Concordia. It is focused on an account of the situation as reported by the local mayor.
The article is accompanied by questions about what might be inferred from the account, what might be the mayor’s opinion and whether or not the account is biased. The questions have been used with adults studying for Edexcel Functional Skills at Level 2.

Inference - Whitney Houston

Submitted by Jenny Scott on Thu, 2013-02-14 10:19

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Politics & News items

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

This is a news article about the death of Whitney Houston followed by a series of questions which ask the reader to decide whether statements in the artice are true, false or inferred.

I have used it with several groups of adult learners who were working towards Edexcel level 2 Functional Skills. They really enjoyed discussiong the article. I did make an answer sheet but I changed it so many times in the light of discussion with different groups that I decided it was best to let them make up their own minds.

Market Stall

Submitted by Ruth Read on Wed, 2013-02-13 15:20

Numeracy: Functional Maths, N1/E2.7, N1/E2.8, MSS1/E3.1, N1/E3.9, MSS1/E3.2, N1/L1.10, MSS1/L1.1, N1/L2.5

Context: Business & Money management, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Investigation or project

I put this together to explore number calculations and word problems with a mixed group of adult learners, looking at estimating, ways of checking your calculations and ways of reversing calculations.

The learners really enjoyed discussing the idea of running a market stall (they worked in pairs) and came up with lots of ideas of things they could sell. I encouraged them to keep the number of items and the prices/costs simple – otherwise the maths got a bit out of hand!

Counting and using money

Submitted by Joaquin Llorente on Tue, 2013-02-12 15:56

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E1.1, MSS1/E2.1, N1/E2.1, N1/E3.1

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

Teaching learners at Entry Level I have found that many of them have difficulties using coins to pay for their snacks or checking their change.

This resource includes a collection of worksheets that start with several number sequences counting in twos, then move on to count the total value of different number of 2p coins and finish asking the learner to count the number of 2p coins that they need to make up different amounts.

Pythagoras' Theorem

Submitted by Louise Dumbell on Mon, 2013-02-11 16:16

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

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation

This PowerPoint was used to introduce Pythagoras’ Theorem to Functional Skills college students whose main course work is to do with the Building Trades (Carpenters, Electricians). The last 4 slides therefore deal with using Pythagoras’ theorem to calculate the length of roof rafters.

Editor’s note
I realise that using Pythagoras’ theorem is beyond the scope of L2 Functional Maths Exams but this is a very useful PPT due to the vocational questions. Would also be useful for GCSE Maths.

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