Voluntary & Charity

This is a selection of literacy tasks, based on the Poppy Appeal 2016 and John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, covering aspects of speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Editor’s note: covers all aspects of L1-2 Functional English – also suitable for GCSE.

Level
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
Functional Skills English
Context
Voluntary & Charity
History
Employment skills & Public services

Reading, writing and discussion tasks based on an email about a charity event. Discuss the email with a friend, design a poster, complete compound sentences, and answer a wide range of reading questions. Its wide appeal makes it ideal for mixed ability Entry groups.
With detailed E1-E2 Functional English curriculum mapping.

Level
E2
E1
English
Ws/E2.1
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional Skills English
Context
Voluntary & Charity

A text based around Ramadan to practise E3 -L1 English reading in detail / skimming & scanning for information.
There is also a related form filling exercise (E2-E3), dictionary work, and a discussion prompt (all levels)

The letter-writing task focuses on charity, so it could also tie in to employability qualifications if you are teaching community project modules or similar.

Editor’s note
With answers and curriculum mapping

Level
L1
E3
English
Form filling
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Voluntary & Charity

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.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Ww/L1.1
Wt/L1.6
Wt/E3.4
Ww/E3.2
Context
Voluntary & Charity

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.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/E2.1
Wt/E1.1
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
Voluntary & Charity

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.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Voluntary & Charity
History

A topical and challenging series of differentiated questions for upper E3 to Level 2. Based on a news report about the May 2015 relief effort and a table of statistics about the world’s largest earthquakes.

Level
L2
L1
E3
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Context
Voluntary & Charity
News, Politics & Government items

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.

Level
L1
E3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Voluntary & Charity

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:https://shop.rednoseday.com/sites/default/files/docs/rnd15_schools_orde…

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
Form filling
Context
Voluntary & Charity

A challenging set of questions based on a short text about the stunning Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London.
Questions cover number measures, time, money, area – many calculations involve working with very large numbers.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
General numeracy / maths
Context
Voluntary & Charity
News, Politics & Government items
History