# Contextual Resources

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## Making a mini wildlife pond

Editor's note June 20 8am - Minor changes to Q18 & Q23

Pat and Mitch decide to build a mini wildlife pond from an old sink. This involves digging, gathering and arranging suitable items, a trip to the aquatic centre to buy water plants, and then sitting back and observing the fruit of their labours :)

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM E1.1 Read, write, order, compare nos. to 20
FM E2.1 Count up to 100 items
FM E1.8 Describe & make comparisons between measures of items inc. size, length, width, height, weight, capacity
E2.14 Use metric measures of length including millimetres, centimetres, metres and kilometres
E3.16 Compare measures of weight including grams and kilograms
E2.16 Use measures of capacity including millilitres and litres
E1.9 Identify & recognise common 2-D and 3-D shapes including circle, cube, rectangle (incl. square) and triangle
E2.19 Recognise and name 2-D and 3-D shapes including pentagons, hexagons, cylinders, cuboids, pyramids, spheres
E1.10 Use everyday positional vocabulary to describe position and direction including left, right, in front, behind, under and above
E2.21 Use appropriate positional vocabulary to describe position and direction including between, inside, outside, middle, below, on top, forwards and backwards
E1.7 Know the number of days in a week, months, and seasons in a year. Be able to name and sequence
E1.12 Sort and classify objects using a single criterion
E2.24 Sort and classify objects using two criteria
E1.13 Read and draw simple charts and diagrams including a tally chart, block diagram/graph
E2.22 Extract information from lists, tables, diagrams and bar charts
E2.23 Make numerical comparisons from bar charts
E2.25 Take information from one format and represent the information in another format including use of bar charts
Context
Science, Nature & Weather
Gardening & Horticulture

## Pavement plants ICT task E1

This resource covers what is expected at the Entry 1 ICT Functional Skills exam. It follows the structure of an exam paper.  An E2 version is also available.

I based in it on a Skillsworkshop English resource by Isabel Jordan.

Editor's note

Super practice for Entry Level 1 ICT. I love it when skillsworkshop users adapt and recycle existing resources. :) You can find the E2 version of this resource, along with Isabel Jordan's original Pavement Plants Functional English resources under "See Also".

Level
Entry Level 1
ICT
Entry 1 and 2 ICT
Using ICT
Finding and selecting information
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Context
Gardening & Horticulture

## Pavement plants ICT task E2

This resource covers what is expected at the Entry 2 ICT Functional Skills exam. It follows the structure of an exam paper.  An E1 version is also available.

I based in it on a Skillsworkshop English resource by Isabel Jordan.

Editor's note

Super practice for Entry Level 2 ICT. I love it when skillsworkshop users adapt and recycle existing resources. :) You can find the E1 version of this resource, along with Isabel Jordan's original Pavement Plants Functional English resources under "See Also".

Level
Entry Level 2
ICT
Entry 1 and 2 ICT
Using ICT
Finding and selecting information
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Context
Gardening & Horticulture

## Number patterns & sequences for Functional Maths

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
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Maths
AN N1/E3.1 place value <1000, odd / even, count in 10s /100s
AN N1/E2.2
AN N1/E2.1
N1/E1.8
FM E2.3 Recognise and sequence odd and even numbers up to 100
E3.6 Recognise and continue linear sequences of numbers up to 100
Context
Sport
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Leisure Travel Tourism
Gardening & Horticulture

This is a series of short job ads for a hotel (+ one for a school caretaker). Simple language and uncluttered layout..
Good for introduction to language of employment. I have used these with E1 to E3 and they work well as a differentiated resource

Higher levels can gauge implict information, especially for the school caretaker advert in writing covering application letters to include attributes such as working with children, being trustworthy and reliable etc)

Level
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1
English
Rt/E3.4
Rt/E2.3
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Painting Decorating & DIY
Gardening & Horticulture
Employment skills & Public services
Catering Food Nutrition

## Functional maths garden project

Covers geometric drawings, area, perimeter, money, metric measures, tallies, line graphs and much more.
Fully mapped to the Functional Maths criteria and process skills. With answer sheet.

Editor’s note
Wonderful open ended project. Ideal for E3-L2 mixed ability groups.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
Maths
MSS2/L2.2
MSS2/L2.1
MSS2/L1.2
HD1/L2.1
MSS2/L1.1
HD1/L1.1
HD1/E3.1
MSS1/L1.8
Functional Maths
Context
Gardening & Horticulture

## Designing and costing a garden.

A Functional Maths resource using area, multiplication, division and money. I have used Wickes catalogues with my students as they are small and easy to use, but combining the task with internet research to find the best price would be a really good way of doing this lesson.
Fully mapped to L1-2 Functional Maths criteria.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Maths
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
General numeracy / maths
Context
Painting Decorating & DIY
Gardening & Horticulture
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

## Poinsettias

Nice selection of winter activities written for an E3-L2 Functional Skills group (best for E3-L1).
The main activities are a reading comprehension (about the history of poinsettias and how they came to be popular at Christmas time) and a cloze exercise based on an old Mexican religious legend. There are also some maths questions.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
English
Rt/L1.3
AL Rt/L1.1 Understand continuous texts
Rt/E3.4
AL Rt/E3.1 Understand longer texts
Rs/L1.1
Rs/E3.2
Context
History, culture, museums, libraries
Gardening & Horticulture

## New flat - area and perimeter investigation

Work out the cost of carpeting a flat (compound shapes) and seeding and fencing a rectangular lawn.
The step by step problem solving approach also makes this ideal for underpinning L1 Functional Maths – although the scaffolded worksheet on page 2 can be removed for confident students or for assessment purposes. It also provides useful practice with extracting information from a room plan and price list.
Fully mapped to L1 adult numeracy and Functional Maths.

Level
Level 1
Maths
AN MSS1/L1.1 Add, subtract, multiply & divide sums of money and record
HD1/L1.1
MSS1/L1.9
MSS1/L1.8
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Context
Painting Decorating & DIY
Gardening & Horticulture

## Horticulture SoW with embedded Functional Skills

A 4 week scheme of work for OCN E3 Garden Horticulture. Great example of embedding aspects of all three Functional Skills into a vocational course. 4 × 2 hour sessions covering identifying weeds and vegetables; sowing seeds, bulbs and tubers; and preparing growing beds.
With detailed E3 Functional Maths,English and ICT mapping charts showing embedding of measuring, internet searching, reading instructions, writing plant profiles, etc.

Level
Entry Level 3
English
Functional Skills English
Maths
Functional Maths
ICT
Functional ICT
Context
Gardening & Horticulture