Contextual Resources

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Literacy: Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1

Free tags: Halloween

Context: History

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A simplified reading comprehension based on the origins of Halloween with accompanying questions.
Two versions: one for E2 – low E3, another for high E3 – L1.

World Cup Ages (averages): answer sheet

Submitted by Judith White on Wed, 2015-10-14 16:46

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/L1.3, HD1/L1.4, HD1/L2.3, HD1/L2.4

Context: Sport

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A very useful answer sheet (in Excel) for the World Cup ages: mean median mode and range resource from Hamid Hamitoglu.

Judith says:I used World Cup ages: mean median mode and range very successfully yesterday (despite the fact that the ages of the England team are woefully out of date!).

What is a mean average?

Submitted by Janet Kinsey on Mon, 2015-10-12 15:14

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/L1.3

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Worksheet or assignment

An interesting meld of description, investigation, paired discussion and tasks.
Ideal introduction to L1 averages – also useful at high E3.
Adapted from one page of Nikki Gilbey’s Data Collection and Averages – functional tasks (listed below under See also).

Plastic bag charge E3-L2 Functional Maths

Submitted by Geraldine Cruse on Mon, 2015-10-12 13:37

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Very topical and challenging set of tasks based on a news report about the new 5p charge for plastic carrier bags introduced in England on October 5 2015.

Questions range from Entry 3 to high Level 2 and cover dates, large numbers, bar charts, averages, interpreting data in tables, mean average and percentages. It also challenges learners’ reading and English comprehension skills. Bar chart question requires graph paper or Excel.

Buying gifts - Functional English tasks (E1-2)

Submitted by Alison Hastilow on Mon, 2015-10-12 08:23

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

Free tags: Christmas

Context: Independent living

Level: E1, E2

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

Two differentiated functional English tasks that involves a number of reading and writing skills (with a bit of maths thrown in!). Learners can personalise this by using names of their own friends and family. For both versions you will need copies of the current Argos book or access to the web site.

Entry 2 version includes: using a catalogue or web site, writing a list & a gift tag, budgeting, writing a note. You will need one gift tag per learner.

Car Service L2 Functional ICT

Submitted by Karen Foot on Thu, 2015-10-08 13:04

ICT: Functional ICT

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: L2

Resource type: Assessment material, ICT task sheet

Set of resources created by myself and colleague, David Bayne , to help students use Word, Excel and Access. We wanted students to practise for the Level 2 ICT Functional Skills exams, using a method that would be familiar to them. They all drive cars and need to get them serviced, so this seemed a suitable area to use.

2015 'Supermoon' eclipse comprehension

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2015-09-29 15:51

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

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical reading activity based on a BBC News article about the recent ‘Super-moon’ eclipse. Learners are to extract information from the text and from images included in the article.

World Cup ages: mean median mode and range

Submitted by Hamid Hamitoglu on Tue, 2015-08-25 11:56

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/L1.3, HD1/L1.4, HD1/L2.3, HD1/L2.4

Context: Sport

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Informative presentation, Worksheet or assignment

A useful introductory PPT and accompanying team data sheets for covering L1-2 statistics.

Editor’s note (added October 14, 2015)
An answer sheet is now available here:…

Election Special 2015 !

Submitted by Kath Blanchard on Fri, 2015-05-08 22:02

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.

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