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Plural spellings - proofreading practice

Submitted by Emily Nichols on Tue, 2015-12-22 12:35

Literacy: Ww/E3.2, Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.6, Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A resource designed to be used with Abigail Illife’s excellent Plural Spelling rules resource [ see ‘See also’ below].

Learners can practise their proofreading skills and apply the spelling rules. Give learners the first sheet and ask them to highlight the mistakes. As well as spelling mistakes there are capital letters and the US spelling of centre.

Hand out the second sheet on which the mistakes are underlined so that they can mark themselves and check that they have spotted all the mistakes.

Black Friday & online Christmas shopping

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2015-12-09 00:44

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Numeracy: Extract and interpret information, Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number, HD1/L1.1, HD1/L2.1

Free tags: Christmas

Context: Business & Money management, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Based on two recent articles / surveys on Black Friday shopping, the main focus of this resource is Functional Mathematics but there is also an introductory page of English questions that check vocabulary, purpose of text and the ability to extract meaning from graphical material and captions.

This is followed by three pages of challenging differentiated questions for E3-L2 Functional Maths – all are based on the infographics within the text.

A history of Christmas trees

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2015-12-08 22:23

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.4, Wt/E3.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Christmas

Context: History

Level: E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a reading comprehension based on a piece of text outlining the origins of Christmas trees in the UK with accompanying questions and a descriptive writing activity.

Using timetables to plan a journey

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Sun, 2015-11-29 18:50

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E3.3, MSS1/L1.2, MSS1/L1.3

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1

Students regularly tell me they cannot read bus timetables and just wait for the next one to come along! This activity asks learners to find the most appropriate bus for my journey.
I print the timetables (pages 2-8) out enlarged to A3 and stick them to walls of my classroom.

Update (June 2016)
Answer sheet (and error report for one question) kindly provided by Ray Sheerin and Jay Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks, Adult Learning.

Plan a Christmas Fete E1-E2

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Sat, 2015-11-28 19:41

Literacy: Wt/E1.1, Wt/E2.1, Functional English - writing

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Free tags: Christmas

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E1, E2

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

Students are to plan and advertise a Christmas fete.
The resource covers writing lists and sentences, proof reading and using basic adjectives.
Students could use the Internet to find some ideas for Christmas stalls.

UK Labour Market - interpreting infographics

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Thu, 2015-11-19 17:10

Numeracy: Extract and interpret information, Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is a rich source of data, charts and graphs.In particular, infographics are becoming ever more popular. They can tell complex statistical stories in an easy to grasp manner but also open doors to further mathematical interpretation and investigation.

A set of challenging differentiated questions (E3 to L2+) based on a recent ONS infographic about the UK Labour Market from July-September 2015.

Remembrance Day E1-E2 writing practice

Submitted by Diane Lambert on Fri, 2015-11-06 15:01

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

Free tags: Remembrance day

Context: History, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Writing prompts

I wrote this E1-2 writing task to supplement the excellent E1-2 reading/writing/discussion worksheet by Carrie Bray (see below).
Write a note to a friend. Use conjunctions and check your work.

Editor’s Note
There is an E3 version of this task (writing an email) – contributed by Diane a couple of years ago. See below.

Free tags: Halloween

Context: Business & Money management, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A set of challenging differentiated questions for E3-L2 Functional Maths.

UK Population data - interpreting infographics

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sun, 2015-10-25 21:50

Numeracy: Extract and interpret information, Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is a rich source of data, charts and graphs.In particular, infographics are becoming ever more popular. They can tell complex statistical stories in an easy to grasp manner but also open doors to further mathematical interpretation and investigation.

A set of challenging questions based three ONS charts about the UK population in June 2014.

Stewarding a Festival

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Thu, 2015-10-22 21:03

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

Context: Employment skills & Public services, Health and safety, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

A Functional Skills based project aimed at my Public Service students who are going to be on a Stewarding course. I linked some questions about rotas and timetables with a question about steward to crowd ratios to tie in with their short course.

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