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Level 1 Numeracy Test quick revision notes

Submitted by Andrea McCulloch on Wed, 2012-02-15 12:04

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

General: Exam tips and help

Level: L1

Resource type: Handout or guide, Revision material

Written as a resource for distance learners with good reading skills who were challenged by some of the questions in the Level 1 Numeracy test.

I wanted to give them different methods of working out multiplication and division questions in particular – emphasising that multiplication is the reverse of division, and that multiplication is the same as repeated addition. The idea of division as repeated subtraction is also introduced.

Rounding, percentages and ratios are covered.

Diamond Jubilee Concert - Functional Skills task

Submitted by Judith White on Tue, 2012-02-14 21:30

Numeracy: Functional Maths

Literacy: Functional English - reading

ICT: Finding and selecting information

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Diamond Jubilee

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Investigation or project

Level: E3, L1

A topical investigation that can be used as a group or individual task. Learners imagine they have won tickets in the ballot and must plan their trip to Buckingham Palace.
Ideal for E3-L1 Functional maths, English and ICT but could be easily adapted for higher or lower levels.

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables

General: Study Skills and General Teaching, Staff development

Level: L2

Resource type: Teaching idea

This study considers the emerging issue of consciousness in pedagogy both theoretically and practically. It examines why this issue is of fundamental significance for teaching and learning. Basic assumptions are clarified and the psychological and philosophical fundamentals of consciousness theory explored.

Some surprising and counter-intuitive conclusions are reached. It is shown that in the partnership between consciousness and unconsciousness the latter is likely to be senior.

Listening Skill or How to learn phonemic awareness.

Submitted by Hugo Kerr on Tue, 2011-12-20 13:50

Literacy: Decode, Apply strategies to spell correctly

General: Study Skills and General Teaching, Staff development

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Teaching idea

The need for deliberate teaching of phonemic awareness, and a means of doing this.
A research paper followed by a useful step by step method.

ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information

General: Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Resource type: Assessment material, Tracking or mapping

Level: E1, E2

First used with a group of E1-E2 numeracy students who had done an ICT based project involving cookery work and visiting a cafe to buy a snack. Print on A4 and fold into a very nice A5 leaflet.
The self assessment check boxes focus on basic money skills (recognising coins, giving change – but also slecting items from a list, weighing, etc.) but there is also the opportunity to link learning to numeracy at home or at college. Ideal for Entry Functional maths / catering / hospitality students.

Poor PowerPoints

Submitted by Helen Redman on Sun, 2011-12-11 15:06

ICT: General ICT resources, Developing, presenting and communicating information

General: Study Skills and General Teaching

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Informative presentation

A demonstration of how not to make a PowerPoint. This has been used for all levels as an extreme example of the worst PowerPoint ever.

New Year Activities

Submitted by Jackie McCann on Thu, 2011-12-01 12:44

Literacy: Writing, Functional English - writing

General: Autistic spectrum support

Free tags: New Year

Resource type: Discussion points, Teaching idea, Writing frame

Level: E2, E3

A set of resources created for a group 16-19 year olds with high functioning ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) but suitable for any E2-E3 literacy /Functional English student.

Involves discussion of year’s highlights, and a written reflection and prediction exercise. Finally, the students record their hopes and wishes which are then kept in sealed envelopes until l the end of the academic year (or other agreed date).

Christmas general knowledge quiz

Submitted by Susan McGuinness on Tue, 2011-11-08 20:32

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Christmas

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Quiz

Although written for a group of E2 literacy learners this quiz is suitable for any level / any subject. It could be delivered orally or as a written quiz, and completed in teams or individually.

Buzz words for student reviews

Submitted by Fiona Campbell B on Fri, 2011-10-21 13:26

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond, Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections

Resource type: Teaching idea

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

A list of buzz words I sometimes use with learners when doing reviews – helps them to come up with ideas about how they are progressing and how their learning is making a difference in their lives.

MAPS method: a visual aid to proof reading

Submitted by Margaret Adams on Fri, 2011-10-21 10:49

Literacy: Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

General: Dyslexia support, Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Poster

Wonderful visual aid to help learners remember how to proof read their work. Page one would make a great poster. Page 2 explains the process: start at the city of meaning and move across the land until you get to the city of Spelling!

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