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This reading resource is designed for Functional Skills English learners.  It is aimed at level 1 and level 2, although it may be adapted for Entry level 3 also.  The resource is comprised of two texts that suggest how teenagers and young people can look after their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Text A is adapted from the UNICEF website, and Text B is an informal email written from one worried friend to another.   The questions are written to model the reformed Edexcel Functional Skills exams, and are aimed to give learners practice in a range of  exam-style rea

Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
T Levels - embedded maths or English
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 L1.11 Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
FE L1.12 Recognise that language and other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences and purposes
FE L1.13 Use reference materials and appropriate strategies (e.g. using knowledge of word types) for a range of purposes, including to find the meaning of words
FE L1.14 Understand organisational and structural features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. index, menus, subheadings, paragraphs) in a range of straightforward texts
FE L1.15 Infer from images meanings not explicit in the accompanying text
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
FE L2.12 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed
FE L2.13 Identify implicit and inferred meaning in texts
FE L2.14 Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes
FE L2.17 Analyse texts, of different levels of complexity, recognising their use of vocabulary and identifying levels of formality and bias
FE L2.18 Follow an argument, identifying different points of view and distinguishing fact from opinion
FE L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
TL - Synthesise information
GCSE Reading A1 (a) Identify and interpret
GCSE Reading A1 (b) Select and synthesise
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
GCSE A3 Compare texts
GCSE A4 Evaluate
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Mental health and psychology
News, Politics & Government items

A picture PPT first used to introduce the 2014 L1-2 Blood Swept Lands L1-2 Functional Maths tasks (see link below).
A great discussion prompt that can also be used or adapted to introduce any Remembrance Day activities.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
E1
M8
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

This is a simple resource that has proven to be a very effective motivational tool with pre entry to level 2 learners.

Level
M8
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
Pre-entry
pre-Entry General
General
Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

This ‘random number generator’ is an open ended resource that the author originally designed to use for mental maths (adding or taking away 10 from the displayed number). It was later used it as part of a ‘Question of Sport’ quiz (in the spelling round!): learners choose a picture and then spell the ‘random’ number that appears: 49, 32, 28, 46, 67, 55, 21, 74 and 13 (these be edited to suit and could also be linked to any set of numbered, pre-prepared quiz questions on any topic).

Level
M8
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
Maths
AN N1/E2.1
AN N1/E2.2
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Sport

For improving visual figure-ground skills, expressive language development, matching and counting symbols.

Level
M6
M7
M8
Pre-entry
pE SLlr/M6.1
pE SLlr/M7.2
pE SLlr/M8.2
pE SLc/M6.1
pE SLc/M7.5
pE SLc/M8.1
pE Rtc/M6.2
pE Rtc/M7.1
pE N1/M6.3
pE N1/M6.4
pE N1/M7.4
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Generic Bingo card maker is a very clever Excel spreadsheet that automatically creates 8 different cards (6 items per card) from a master set of 12 items. Use for ESOL (tenses, vocabulary), Literacy (synonyms, antonyms), Maths (tables, square nos.) – anything!
Please also download the related PDF file for an overview, instructions and teaching ideas.

Level
M8
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond