Spring

A L2 reading lesson around the optimism of Spring, and Easter and pagan traditions, especially suitable for the start of the Summer term, as a springboard to setting intentions for the rest of the course. Suitable for ESOL or Functional Skills courses.

Editor's note

Fully mapped to the reformed FS content - and GCSE English. Also includes a vocabulary consolidation task for the next lesson.

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Level
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
L2.14 Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes
FE L2.17 Analyse texts, of different levels of complexity, recognising their use of vocabulary and identifying levels of formality and bias
L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
GCSE Reading A1 (a) Identify and interpret
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
ESOL
ESOL Rt/L2.1a
ESOL Rt/L2.2a
ESOL Rt/L2.3a
ESOL Rt/L2.6a
ESOL Rt/L2.8a
Context
Faith & Religion
Mental health and psychology

An ESOL lesson embedding numeracy, diversity and British values, centred on the Spring Equinox and three festivals which happen around / on this day - Purim, Holi and Shunbun No Hi. Learners collect unfamiliar words on a vocabulary sheet and ask and answer questions to elicit meaning / explanation. There is a powerpoint to introduce the topic, using acronyms eg 7DIAW  - Seven Days In A Week to elicit key words, and lead to an explanation of what the Vernal Equinox is and when it is.

Level
E1
E2
E3
Maths
FM E3.4 Multiply two-digit whole numbers by single and double digit whole numbers
E1.7 Know the number of days in a week, months, and seasons in a year. Be able to name and sequence
E2.7 Know the number of hours in a day and weeks in a year.
ESOL
General ESOL
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Faith & Religion

A starter or ice breaker featuring random facts about March. Includes some embedded maths and E&D

Editor’s note
With answers and embedding /extension ideas for all levels.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
History

A topical Level 2 reading and writing assignment based on an article from the from the Observer. Ideal for early spring / late winter but can be used any time of year. Covers comprehension, purpose of text, apostrophes, vocabulary and dictionary work, and writing. Includes differentiation and extension ideas.

Level
L2
English
Wt/L2.3
Rw/L2.2
Rw/L2.1
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L2.1
Context
Science, Nature & Weather

Spring Festivals – Entry 3 comprehension questions (also includes alphabetical ordering and dictionary work) based on a short text about spring festivals from different cultures and faiths. The short text is part of the Easter Eggs – best buy? resource (below) which you will also have to download

Level
E3
English
Rt/E3.1
Rt/E3.7
Rt/E3.8
Rw/E3.4
Rw/E3.3

An L1-2 investigation that covers direct proportion (best buy), and rounding / calculating with money /decimals. Two options are included: students can either research Easter egg and chocolate prices on internet shopping sites or use those given. In both cases they must investigate the cost per 100g chocolate and work out the best buy. Final extension work includes consideration of ‘buy one get one free’ and ‘two for £…’ offers.

Editor’s note. New update for 2016 – based on supermarket prices in February 2016

Level
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Maths
AN N2/L1.7
AN N2/L1.6
N2/L1.5
MSS1/L1.1
AN N1/L2.3
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

A super differentiated whole group activity (E2 – L2) for spring, summer or autumn. Covers measures, area, rounding, substitution and more.

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
Maths
MSS1/E2.5
MSS1/E3.5
MSS1/L1.4
MSS1/L1.7
MSS1/L2.6
MSS1/L1.9
MSS1/L2.7
AN N1/L1.3
N1/L2.1
N1/E2.6
N1/E3.7
N1/L1.8
AN N1/L2.4
N1/E3.9
Context
Gardening & Horticulture