Warm-up

Any resource that is particularly good for the start of a lesson

Write or match the correct word under each picture.
Milk, bread, oil, tea, eggs, potatoes, bananas, and biscuits.

Level
E1
M8
English
AL Rw/E1.1
Ww/E1.1
Pre-entry
Rw/M8.1
Ww/M8.1
ESOL
ESOL Ww/E1.2a
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

An introductory PPT based task to find the value of the three words in ‘Happy New Year’, given certain values for each letter. This is followed up by a set of question cards on calculations with the letters of Happy New Year and an algebra worksheet with the same given values, using BODMAS.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
AN N1/L2.4
AN N1/L1.11
Mental maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system

20 literacy and numeracy questions to warm up the new term! All based on the words HAPPY NEW YEAR (can easily be adapted for other festivals such a Diwali, New Year’s Eve or Ramadan). Covers vowels, consonants, number, ratios, simple substitution, range, mode and more!
Ideal for mixed ability groups (E1-L2). Also provides very good practice in reading instructions carefully.
For higher level groups it could be completed in teams as a speed test.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Maths
General numeracy / maths

This is an adaptation of Murder at the Grange, which my students have always enjoyed.

I wanted to extend the work on calculating with time, so learners have to use and extend timetables and calculate multi-stage journey times. I also thought it would be good to have some female characters!

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
Maths
MSS1/L2.2
AN MSS1/L1.3
MSS1/L1.2
AN MSS1/E3.3
MSS1/E2.4
MSS1/E2.3
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space

A fun starter or plenary activity for the Christmas season to revise spelling of cardinal numbers. The worksheet contains a version of the traditional Christmas lyrics with all the cardinal numbers replaced by gaps for students to complete, thus gaining practice in spelling the numbers 1 to 12, as required by Cambridge Progression Entry Level 1 Sentence Unit. Students are then prompted to write the remaining numbers up to 20, as required by Cambridge Progression Entry Level 2 Sentence Unit.

Level
E2
E1
English
Rw/E2.1
Ww/E2.1
Ww/E1.1
ESOL
ESOL Ww/E2.1a
ESOL Ww/E1.1a
ESOL Rw/E2.2a

Quick addition warm up exercise using one and two digit numbers.
An Excel worksheet with an explanatory introductory PPT (with answers).

Level
E2
E1
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
N1/E2.4
AN N1/E2.3
AN N1/E1.4

Mingle activity to use straight after the Christmas holidays to review past simple.
Learners ask each other questions to try to find one name of another learner to fill in each square. First to finish shouts “bingo!”
Review as a group and check questions using past simple.
Give a prize to the winner.

Level
E2
E1
English
SLc/E2.2
AL SLc/E1.3
SLc/E1.2
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E2.3b
ESOL Sc/E2.3a
ESOL Sc/E2.2d
ESOL Sc/E2.2c
ESOL Lr/E2.2a

A seasonal addition activity for E1-2 learners or could be used as a speedy starter for other levels.

Level
E2
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
N1/E2.5

Cards which can be used as a plenary or warm up to match definitions and features to types of text.
Editor’s note
With Functional English mapping

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L1.2
Rt/E3.2
Functional English - reading

This is a great session starter. Students will work on their sentence construction and vocabulary with a card game that allows them to experiment with word order and effective word choice. Students have to put the words into a sensible order, even if the subject of their film is far from sensible.

In this game, students compete to make the scariest film title, or to sabotage other people’s film titles. It is a light hearted and fun game. The film titles created can also become writing prompts.

Level
L1
E3
English
Use knowledge of grammar
AL Recognise and understand a range of words
General literacy / English
Context
Art Film Media Music TV