L1

Level 1

A simple but effective dice game to help students become familiar with, and practise, calculating percentages of amounts. You will need to customise 2 dice by writing amounts on one and percentages on the other.
I usually play this game with low ability students after teaching them a fail-safe calculator method for working out percentages of amounts, but it can be adapted for higher level learners.
It also helps to reinforce that 0% of a number is nothing and 100% of a number is all of it.

Level
L2
L1
E3
Maths
N2/L2.8
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
N2/L1.9
N2/L1.8

A set of writing activity cards that are easily differentiated for groups of learners working at a range of levels. Main focus is purpose of text.

Editor’s note
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Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.1
Wt/E3.1
Plan, compose and draft

FDP (fraction – decimal – percentage) Functional Skills exam style questions at L1 and L2 (plus an extension question). Three lengthy questions.
The focus is on showing step by step, clear working out.

Editor’s note
With answer sheet and curriculum mapping

Level
L2
L1
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system

A short exercise for Construction students to read the official definition for several terms and then write their understanding of the definition in their own words.

Level
L1
English
Rw/L2.2
Rw/L1.2
Rw/L1.1
Context
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

This is a reading comprehension and dictionary exercise based on the life of Fidel Castro. I have provided the reading text first and then the vocabulary work. However, with some groups it may be better to work on the vocabulary before tackling the text.
Editor’s note
Also includes a useful research/summarising/timeline activity and points for writing or discussion. Includes curriculum mapping but no answer sheet.

Level
L2
L1
English
Engage in Discussion
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional Skills English
Context
News, Politics & Government items
History

Suitable for guided reading with Entry level learners in the run up to Christmas, this version of Dickens’s classic Christmas story (first published in 1843 and never out of print since) has been created using content downloaded from https://www.ego4u.com/en/read-on/literature/christmas-carol on 26th October 2016 and only slightly adapted for use as a paper resource.

Level
L1
E3
English
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.1
Functional English - reading
Fiction

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

A huge and extremely comprehensive pack of resources. Written for ESOL learners but many parts are also suitable for Functional English and/or Job Skills groups. Includes:

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Employment skills & Public services

A reading comprehension activity, based on an extract from a Guardian article on the value of smart meters. Questions cover the following skills: reading for gist, skimming, scanning, identifying the use of a pronoun, vocabulary matching and inferring. Suitable for Entry 3 – Level 1. Could also be used as a starter activity at Level 2, prior to using the full text of the article for other activities.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English - reading
ESOL
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

A two sided A4 sheet that builds on the identification of verbs and the spelling rules for past tense verbs. This is followed by a simple knowledge check.

It is designed to be used as a whole group lesson starter. It is differentiated in the sense that more able learners will be expected to complete the more complex tasks.

Editor’s note
The vocabulary in the example sentences is aimed at Painting & Decorating students, but the resource is suitable for all.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
AL Apply strategies to spell correctly
Apply grammar
ESOL
ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Painting Decorating & DIY