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The Worst Video Game in History?

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Tue, 2016-02-23 16:05

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

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Level: L1, L2

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

A resource pack to suit Functional Skills English at Levels 1 and 2, based on a BBC magazine article about the ET video game and the collapse of Atari. Reading tasks are supported by You-tube clips designed to prompt small group discussions. There is also a writing task.

Editor’s note
Includes curriculum mapping and answers.

Sugar levels in food E3-L2 Functional Maths

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sun, 2016-02-21 17:02

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

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

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Based on three recent articles about sugar in food and drinks – with a special focus on high sugar drinks sold by popular High Street coffee shops.

The articles are followed by six pages of challenging differentiated questions for E3-L2 Functional Maths – all are based on the articles. Topics include large numbers; fraction, decimal & percentage equivalents, averages & range, extracting information from tables, and the four operations.

Also includes embedded Functional English.

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

Free tags: Shrove Tuesday

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.

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