L1

Level 1

Literacy – aimed at Level 1-2 and links to imaginative writing at GCSE.
Quirky fun starter – find your pirate name. This can be done on mobile phones if there are no PCs.
Comprehension tasks.
After finding the King’s shilling, write descriptive letter home.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
History

I’m using this activity to give learners a writing frame for a piece of creative writing. I want them to really think about purpose of text when they are creating it, so they have to pick the format, style and tone of their work and plan it out.

Level
E3
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.7
Wt/L2.5
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.6
Wt/L1.4
Wt/L1.1
Wt/E3.4
Wt/E3.1
(a) Use tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences

A topical summer solstice resource. A bit of reading comprehension based on a general article about the solstice which includes some embedded maths. This is followed by another short article with further comprehension questions and two associated writing tasks: one at L1/L2 and one at E3 (the latter a bit wacky!).

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading

This teaching and assessment resource combines reading comprehension and a letter writing task based on an advert for a volunteer role as a Customer Service Assistant for a charity shop.

In Task 1, students read the job advert and answer questions to check their understanding. In Task 2, they make notes about their personal skills and qualities, then draft and write a letter to apply for the volunteer role. An additional, extension task is provided for students who either work at a faster pace or at a higher level, and involves writing a personal statement for a college course.

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Voluntary & Charity
Employment skills & Public services

This resource uses several tables of data and requires the user to complete calculations based on the data such as mean, median, mode and range as well as percentages and rounding. There is also a task where the learner must create a chart based on a table of data.

Editor’s note
There is something for everyone in this robust resource as it’s split into three sections: weather, Premier League and Glastonbury Festival. With answers and curriculum mapping.

Level
L1
L2
Maths
HD1/L2.2
HD1/L1.2
HD1/L2.1
HD1/L1.1
Averages and range
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Context
Sport
Leisure Travel Tourism

I have had feedback from people using the Big Brother PDF discussion worksheet (see link below – under see also) but without any pictures! The fun part of the session (and for it to really work) is to show the students the people they have chosen: this generates plenty of discussion about prejudice and stereotyping. So, here are the 20 pictures to match to each description given in the earlier resource. (You should feel free to edit and adapt according to the demographics / prejudices / preconceptions of own students).

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

A nice way to check learning of probability at the end of a session.

Level
L1
Maths
AN HD2/L1.2
Functional Maths - handling information and data

A game for 2 players to help with multiplying decimals with or without a calculator.
Learners take turns to choose 2 numbers to multiply, then cover up the answer on the grid. This continues until a player has 4 counters/initials in a row(diagonally, horizontally or vertically).
Prompts can be used for learners to pick a target answer and to try to work out which 2 decimals are going to give that answer.
Editor’s note
Laminate for re-use. A great game.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
N2/L2.6
N2/L1.5
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system

A differentiated resource to recap many number & measure skills and to help learners with the skills needed when looking for or applying for a job.

There are 6 questions in both the L1 and L2 version – working out weekly pay, annual salary, tax payable, comparing pay to JSA (Job Seeker’s Allowance), reading/completing a bus timetable and correcting a job acceptance letter (L1 Functional English proof reading).

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Maths
N2/L1.5
MSS1/L2.2
AN MSS1/L1.3
MSS1/L1.1
MSS1/L1.2
N2/L2.8
N2/L1.9
Functional Maths
Context
Employment skills & Public services

A short, contextual news article with associated comprehension and two writing tasks (a Facebook message and a formal letter).

Editor’s note
With answers and detailed curriculum mapping.

Level
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport