Warm-up

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

A quick-to-prepare game that is easily differentiated for any E1-E3 group. Example games include addition and times tables – or make up your own. If you don’t have Monopoly a link is provided so you can print your own Monopoly money!

Level
E1
E2
E3
Maths
Mental maths
Whole Numbers

A 16 piece triangular jigsaw puzzle where common homophones must be matched to the correct sentence. Use as an ice breaker or plenary activity – great for pairs or small groups. Guaranteed to create promote discussion as learners solve puzzle (best laminated). As usual with Tarsia puzzles, you can choose to print a standard or large puzzle (select Output – large, i.e. 3 pieces per A4 sheet).

Level
L1
English
Homophones, homographs & confusables
Ww/L1.1

A 16 piece triangular jigsaw puzzle where pairs or small groups of learners must match 18 words to their correct definitions. Use as an ice breaker or plenary activity. Guaranteed to create promote discussion as learners solve puzzle (best laminated). As usual with Tarsia puzzles, you can choose to print a standard or large puzzle (select Output – large, i.e. 3 pieces per A4 sheet).

Level
L2
English
Rw/L2.1
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

A Simple and straightforward 16 piece jigsaw that makes a great group activity. Cardinal and ordinal numbers are matched with number words to form a triangle. This puzzle constructs sequentially, i.e. the word ‘one’ is at the triangle’s apex, matching with 1, then two, underneath it and so on up to 10 in cardinals and 8th in ordinals (this makes it a lot easier for preEntry learners to see how the triangle is constructed).

Level
M6
M7
M8
E1
Maths
N1/E1.2
N1/E1.3
Pre-entry
N1/M6.4
N1/M7.3
N1/M7.7
N1/M8.5
N1/M8.9

16 piece jigsaw that makes a great ice breaker. First used with older learners who were unused to metric measures, and a younger learner who was unused to imperial. Match metric measure descriptions or quantities with their imperial equivalents to solve the puzzle and complete the triangle. Although converting between systems is only covered at level 2 of the curriculum the creator, Andrea, reports that E3/L1 students cope with this very well, as their life experiences help them.

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
MSS1/L2.6

Crossword with 29 words and clues – increase awareness of word borrowing / origins (and improve spelling). Includes words of Old English, Spanish, Italian, Greek, French, Czech, Latin and American origin. Makes a good warm up activity.

You must download the free Eclipse software before you can use the ecw (Eclipse crossword) file below. See our Good Software – Eclipse Crossword entry for more information.

Level
L1
L2
English
Rw/L1.3
Ww/L1.1
Word origins

Electrical words crossword consists of 21 word and clues – great vocabulary and spelling practice for learners on electronics / electrical courses or anyone with an interest in this topic. Makes a good revision or warm up activity.

Please note you must download the free Eclipse software before you can use the ecw (Eclipse crossword) file below. See our Good Software – Eclipse Crossword entry for more information.

Level
L2
English
Rw/L2.1
Ww/L2.1
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

A speaking and listening card game / warm-up activity for Entry 2-3 Literacy. Makes an ideal link to Entry level descriptive writing and work on adjectives. With differentiation ideas for preEntry and Levels 1-2. Best printed in colour and laminated. 20 animal cards plus extensive teaching notes which include differentiation ideas for preEntry and Levels 1-2.

If you want to use our ‘adjective wheels’ to help students plan their written or spoken descriptions please download the related “Animal Descriptions” game below.

Level
M8
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
SLlr/E3.2
SLc/E3.1
SLc/E3.3
Ws/E2.2
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

A 16 piece triangular jigsaw puzzle where pairs or small groups of learners must match the correct parts to create compound words. Use as a warm up or plenary activity. Guaranteed to create promote discussion as learners solve puzzle (which should be printed and laminated).

Level
E3
English
Rw/E3.5
Ww/E3.1

A great warm-up or starter activity – covers many aspects of the numeracy curriculum (E3 upwards) plus general knowledge. Originally written when the author was bemused to find that many people did not know how many weeks there are in a year!

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Mental maths