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Reading comprehension and writing tasks designed to prepare adults who are returning to education and taking Functional English at Level 1 or Level 2.

Level 1 reading comprehension is based on two texts about returning to education. This is followed by two writing tasks. Level 2 includes all the L1 texts and questions plus an additional lengthy text and questions that involve summarising, and comparing and contrasting two or more texts.

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Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.10 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
FE L2.12 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed
FE L1.23 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
FE L2.24 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
GCSE A3 Compare texts
GCSE A5
Context
Education

This revision aid for L1/L2 (mainly L2) Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills maths gives a side-by-side comparison of perimeter, area and volume, the sort of units that would be involved with each and a worked Functional Skills example of each with a PAV mnemonic for remembering which is which. I have also looked through the last few years of Pearson Edexcel FS for the sorts of questions that require each one. 
Note: All images from Pixabay, so do not need crediting.

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Level
L2
GCSE L1-5
Maths
FM Complex multi-step problem(s)
FM L2.3 Evaluate expressions and make substitutions in given formulae in words and symbols
FM L2.16 Calculate perimeters and areas of 2-D shapes including triangles and circles and composite shapes including non-rectangular shapes (formulae given except for triangles and circles)
FM L2.17 Use formulae to find volumes and surface areas of 3-D shapes including cylinders (formulae to be given for 3-D shapes other than cylinders)
GCSE G14 (use units of measure)
GCSE G16 (area, volume)
GCSE G17 (circles, perimeter)
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

A set of six linked, differentiated texts about Valentine’s Day, with associated writing assessments.

Two texts and two writing tasks for Entry 1 and for Entry 2. One text and two writing tasks for E3, and one of each at Level 1.

Reading texts: an email, a recipe, a competition, a menu, a press release about a fun fair and a florist’s advert.
Writing tasks include form filling, an email, a restaurant review, a set of craft instructions, and a competition entry.

Answers will be available (to site contributors only) from late February 2018

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Catering Food Nutrition

My class of adult learners were struggling to associate fractions with real world scenarios so I created this worksheet based on honest situations.
The questions are diverse in difficulty from Entry level 2 to Level 2 making it a good worksheet as a starter or revision.
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With curriculum mapping and answers

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
Maths
N2/L2.3
N2/L1.2
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
N2/E3.6
N2/E3.1
N2/E2.2
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Business & Money management

Although many learners find patterns and sequences (including odd & even numbers) straightforward, there is a sizeable proportion that really struggle – particularly those with dyslexia and/or dyscalculia.

This resource grew from my frustration at the lack of practice material available for this topic at Entry Levels 2 and 3 in my one to one support sessions. There is generally only one question on this topic per FS assessment, and I found it difficult to come up with real life functional problems off the top of my head.

Level
E2
E3
Maths
AN N1/E3.1
AN N1/E2.2
AN N1/E2.1
N1/E1.8
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Context
Sport
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Leisure Travel Tourism
Gardening & Horticulture

A rigorous and fully mapped reading assessment with mark sheet and detailed answers. This resource takes account of the changes demanded since Ofqual published its thematic review of Functional Skills in January 2015. Can also of course be used for normal classwork, revision, homework or private study. Ideal for Pancake day but could be used any time of year.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.8
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L2.1
Functional English reading
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
History
Catering Food Nutrition

I put this together to explore number calculations and word problems with a mixed group of adult learners, looking at estimating, ways of checking your calculations and ways of reversing calculations.

Level
E2
E3
L1
Maths
N1/L2.5
MSS1/L1.1
N1/L1.10
MSS1/E3.2
N1/E3.9
MSS1/E3.1
N1/E2.8
N1/E2.7
Functional Maths
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Business & Money management

A series of challenging reading questions and writing activities based on three texts about the fast food industry.
Makes an ideal revision activity for Level 2 Functional Skills English. Fully mapped to the Functional English criteria.

Level
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Rt/L2.8
Rt/L2.7
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.1
Functional English reading
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

First used with a group of E1-E2 numeracy students who had done an ICT based project involving cookery work and visiting a cafe to buy a snack. Print on A4 and fold into a very nice A5 leaflet.
The self assessment check boxes focus on basic money skills (recognising coins, giving change – but also slecting items from a list, weighing, etc.) but there is also the opportunity to link learning to numeracy at home or at college. Ideal for Entry Functional maths / catering / hospitality students.

Level
E2
E1
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
General
Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

A detailed lesson plan accompanied by a PPT and a lesson objective checker sheet. The lesson recaps place value and introduces students to decimals and using money in practical situations.

Level
E3
L1
Maths
AN N2/L1.6
N2/E3.5
AN N2/E3.3
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Motor vehicles & Transport
Hairdressing & Beauty therapy