Warm-up

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

Easter biscuits whole group quick starter activity on resizing a recipe. Two versions available: one is simplified for ESOL learners or those with lower literacy levels.

Level
L1
L2
Maths
AN N1/L1.7
AN N1/L2.3
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Two different multi-sensory activities – both make ideal starters.
1) pin-up sentence sorting (choice of generic, IT or beauty cards)
2) apostrophe dominoes.

Level
L1
L2
English
Apostrophes
Rs/L1.2
Ws/L2.4
Context
Business & Money management
Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

27 pictures of different jobs and matching word cards – plus lots of teaching ideas for Entry 1 and 2 literacy and ESOL classes.

Level
E1
E2
English
AL Rw/E1.1
Rw/E2.2
Rw/E1.2
Rw/E2.1
Ww/E1.1
Ww/E2.1
Ww/E2.2
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
ESOL Rw/E1.2a
ESOL Rw/E2.2a
ESOL Rw/E2.3a
ESOL Sc/E1.1b
ESOL Sc/E2.1b
ESOL Ww/E1.1a
ESOL Ww/E1.1b
ESOL Ww/E2.1a
ESOL Ww/E2.1b
Context
Employment skills & Public services

Purpose and audience task sheets provide a good ice breaker for mixed ability and family literacy groups and make for easy differentiation as learners choose their own texts to work with.

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Rt/E2.2
Rt/E3.2
Rt/L1.2
Rt/L2.2

These sheets make great starter activities – especially when used in pairs or small groups. One for qu- words, one for -all words and a blank ‘wall’ to add your own spelling challenge.

Level
E1
E2
English
Ww/E1.3
Ww/E2.2

THOAN (think of a number) makes a great starter and can be adapted for all levels.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
Maths
Mental maths
AN N1/L1.3
N1/E1.7
N1/L2.1
N1/E2.7
N1/E3.9

A topical starter activity for mixed ability groups (E2 – L2). Suitable for classes on or around bonfire night, Chinese New Year and New Year’s Eve. Covers time, problem solving and more.

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
AN MSS1/E3.3
AN MSS1/L1.3
MSS1/L2.2
AN N1/L1.3
N1/E3.9

Multiplication matching facts is much more than just matching ‘tables’. Use as an ice breaker, for group or individual work, to show progression or to collect data for future statistics work. Complete with differentiation ideas for E3 and L1.

Level
E3
L1
Maths
N1/E3.5
N1/L1.5
N1/L1.6

Mental maths starter (doubling, halving, addition and subtraction) that can also be used as a gentle introduction to substitution.

Level
E2
E3
L2
Maths
Mental maths
N1/E2.5
N1/E3.3
AN N1/L1.11
AN N1/L2.4

Use this puzzler to reinforce working with time. Makes a great warm-up or plenary activity.

Level
L1
L2
Maths
AN MSS1/L1.3
MSS1/L2.2