Valentine's Day

A set of six linked, differentiated texts about Valentine’s Day, with associated writing assessments.

Two texts and two writing tasks for Entry 1 and for Entry 2. One text and two writing tasks for E3, and one of each at Level 1.

Reading texts: an email, a recipe, a competition, a menu, a press release about a fun fair and a florist’s advert.
Writing tasks include form filling, an email, a restaurant review, a set of craft instructions, and a competition entry.

Answers will be available (to site contributors only) from late February 2018

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English - reading
General literacy / English
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Catering Food Nutrition

A set of L1 multiple choice Valentine’s Day fraction questions.
There is also an Easter version with similar questions (see below).

Level
L1
Maths
N2/L1.12
N2/L1.2
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

Based on a short story, Highland Fling by Maureen Brannigan, from “Sexy Shorts for the Beach” edited by Victoria Kirwan-Taylor (Accent Press). However some of the writing and poetry extension activities could be used without reading the short story. Not just for romantics – the writing assignment might also cause great hilarity! Covers all Level 2 writing elements and many Level 2 reading elements (main points, research, summarise information, etc.).

Level
L2
English
Fiction
Poetry
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Writing: text focus (composition)

A reading comprehension exercise written in the style of a practice OCR E1 reading assignment (Task 1). It also includes OCR style tasks 2-4 (purpose of text, reading signs and symbols) – these are NOT about Love Hearts.
Love Hearts task 1 can also be used independently or alongside our popular Valentine’s Day E2-L2 Love Hearts Assignment (see below) in mixed ability classes.

Level
E1
English
Rs/E1.1
Rt/E1.1
Rt/E1.2
Rw/E1.2
AL Rw/E1.1

Lots of money problems to solve including cost of flowers, Mr Extravaganza’s fancy meal out and much more!

Level
L1
L2
Maths
MSS1/L1.1
MSS1/L2.1

Covers alphabetical ordering, adjectives, reading comprehension, sentences and web research for E2-L2.

Sadly the original background history (on which the comprehension is based) is no longer available on the Swizzels Matlow or Love Heart sites. However related information can be found at the following sites which can make a good introduction to the assignment.

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)
Ws/E2.2
Rw/E3.4
Rw/E2.4
Rt/L2.7
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.1
Rt/L1.5
Rt/L1.4
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.1
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
History

A brilliant resource – especially for younger, teenage students. Includes an original poem, discussion of slang, background info on Valentine’s Day, writing and speaking ideas.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Poetry
Rt/E3.1
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.2
Rt/E3.7
Rw/L1.2
SLc/L1.1
Wt/E3.1
Wt/L1.1
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.3
Wt/L2.3
Context
History

Use as a fun investigation and/or a more formal assessment. Ideal for mixed ability groups as covers skills from Low E2 – E3 – High L1.

Covers estimating, measuring, rounding, data handling (bar charts, averages, pictograms), decimals, calculator use, problem solving, time, 3D shapes and percentages. With answer sheets.

Detailed marking boxes for E2, E3, L1 to allow for differentiated assessment, and extra squared sheets for drawing bar charts and pictograms.
You will need to one packet of Love Hearts per pair or small group.

Level
E2
E3
L1
Maths
Data Handling
General numeracy / maths
Measures shape and space
Number