Warm-up

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

A straightforward addition and subtraction worksheet which can be used a starter or a worksheet for adult learners. Also useful for teenagers doing budgeting, independent living, etc.

Level
L1
E3
Maths
MSS1/L1.1
MSS1/E3.1
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Independent living

This is great as a warm-up activity or a bit of end-of-term fun. It is suitable for a mixed ability group of numeracy learners, or indeed literacy or ESOL learners. This quiz tests learners’ knowledge of how old someone has to be in order to do certain things legally, e.g. be a blood donor. It can be used in small group or pair work (which worked well for me) as well as individually.

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

Place value game involving dice and calculators. Helps build confidence with place value.
Can be used with all ability levels and easy to adapt.
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Level
E2
E3
L1
Maths
AN N1/L1.3
N1/L1.1
AN N1/E3.1
AN N1/E2.1
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
AN N1/E3.2
AN N1/E2.3

The classic example of a tally is keeping track of how many cars of each colour go past in the street, but that is rather awkward to do in practice.

Use this presentation to save having to leave the comfort of the classroom! It is a PowerPoint slideshow of cars of various colours, to be projected onto the board. Tell learners to keep a tally of how many cars of each colour appear. Where a car has more than one colour, they should put it under the predominant colour.

E1 learners could focus on simply counting (for instance) all the red cars.

Level
E1
E2
E3
Maths
HD1/E3.3
HD1/E2.5
HD1/E2.4
N1/E1.1
HD1/E1.2
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport

A classic anonymous poem that has the correct spelling but the wrong words.

Read the poem aloud to your students before they have sight of it. Then give them page 1 of the work sheet.

Level
L2
L1
English
Ww/L2.1
Functional English - writing
Ww/L1.1
Homophones, homographs & confusables

Worksheets and tasks around the theme of emergencies. Written for ESOL but also suitable for adult literacy and Functionakl English.

Level
E1
E2
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
Health and safety

Place value starter based on an Open University course activity.

Useful as a carousel activity at the start of a lesson. Could be adapted for E2 by using 2 boxes rather than three. You may want to laminate the second page.

Level
E3
E2
Maths
AN N1/E3.1
AN N1/E2.1

I have found that many numeracy students get scared when you mention terms like percentages or fractions. I therefore developed this introductory activity for my new level 1 numeracy students. They are mostly young parents who were disengaged at school and have no mathematics qualifications.

They are usually nervous when they attend the first session so I try to boost their confidence and reassure them that the course will not be like school.

Level
L1
E3
E2
E1
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths

This worked well as a bit of revision on measuring for a mixed class E2-L2. Also makes a good warm-up activity.
I’ve used different colours for easier and harder answers, so you can differentiate when you give the cards out (blue ones are supposed to be a bit easier, red ones a bit harder, and purple in between).

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
MSS1/L1.7
Length weight capacity temperature scales
Perimeter area volume

Fun and fast paced team game for any group from E2 to L2. The focus is on looking up words quickly and accurately. Full instructions included. Easily differentiated for different groups.
Makes a great warm up exercise.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
English
Rw/L2.2
Rw/L1.1
Rw/E3.3
Rw/E2.3