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Election Special 2015 !

Submitted by Kath Blanchard on Fri, 2015-05-08 23:02

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Worksheet or assignment

PPT with title slide and 3 slides and a set of suggested questions to go with it.
A further worksheet showing the number of seats for the parties for the last and new parliament with tasks for E3 to L2 learners.

Editor’s note
A great resource for prompting general discussion about elections, statistics, etc.

Nepal earthquake Functional Maths

Submitted by Geraldine Cruse on Wed, 2015-05-06 09:18

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

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Worksheet or assignment

A topical and challenging series of differentiated questions for upper E3 to Level 2.

King Richard III Functional English tasks

Submitted by Helen Whittaker on Fri, 2015-03-13 17:27

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

Context: History

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Reading comprehension on the reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.
Followed by writing tasks.
Level 1-2, with answers and curriculum mapping

Comic Relief maths E3 & L1

Submitted by Nicola Smith on Wed, 2015-03-11 21:56

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Two great resources for Red Nose Day, differentiated for L1 and E3.
Each covers many aspects of Functional Maths. Topics include money, ratio, proportion, fractions, extracting from tables, mean and range, calendars and much more.

Adult Ed Funding Cuts - English tasks

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2015-03-10 18:25

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Education, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Editor’s note (11/3/2015)
Now includes an E2-3 version.

Topical L1-2 Functional English reading and writing tasks based on publicity about the latest, terrible round of adult education cuts.

Two cleverly differentiated resources. One for L1-2, the other for E2-E3. Both consist of a reading comprehension and two writing tasks.

Red Nose Day comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Sun, 2015-03-08 17:35

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

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Comprehension based on a Red Nose Day order form for schools. Two comprehensions – one L1/L2, one E3. Also some embedded maths and the E3 version includes form filling.

I recommend introducing the form with a discussion about features of text and layout.
The PDF form is available below and also online at:

Drink driving - write a speech

Submitted by Karen Foot on Tue, 2015-03-03 22:29

Literacy: Plan, compose and draft, Functional English - writing


Context: Health and safety, Health, Social care, Early years, Motor vehicles & Transport

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

Level: L2

One of the Level 2 Functional English Writing exam papers asked students to write a speech.

I found a speech online and showed them how to use repeated words, emphasis, subheadings and to think about their audience. I then used the Drink Aware website to create this resource to enable students to practise speech writing.

Calculating with Time

Submitted by Karen Foot on Tue, 2015-03-03 17:17

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/L1.2, MSS1/L2.2

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

I wanted to create a resource to enable my students to practise calculating with time.

Most of the students work in Wiltshire, but live in Yorkshire, so I thought it would be fun if they explored different travel methods to Yorkshire to see which was the fastest. The travel distances and times were from the Internet and I created this resource differentiated for Levels 1 and 2.

Editor’s note
Clever differentiation.

Cyclones in Australia

Submitted by Marion Martin on Sat, 2015-02-21 05:57

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1, Ww/E1.2

Free tags: Australia, weather

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: M8, E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

A simplified reading about cyclones with reference to the two cyclones in Australia in February 2015 followed by some exercises. The exercises are at different levels to meet the very different abilities of students in my class.

Editor’s note
Lovely selection of reading materials and exercises – includes fill-in tables, questions, word searches (two levels), and a blank map to add cyclone paths. E1-E3.

Update (28/2/15)
Small error in wind speed chart now corrected.

Ratios for army soldiers

Submitted by Lulu Spink on Tue, 2015-01-20 10:18

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

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation

This is a PowerPoint slide show on ratios (with answers) to use with Army soldiers. The subject matter is Adventurous Training and Mountain Leader Trainers (MLTs). Most of the presentation deals with the instructor/novice ratio. The final slide is about ammunition.

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