Recent Changes

Changed on 14 November 2018

After weeks of work, I'm delighted to announce that the new version of skillsworkshop is now live. All new resources published since August 2018 are mapped to the revised Functional Skills content that comes into effect in September 2019.

Changed on 14 November 2018

Simply type Children in Need into any search box or follow the Pudsey tag to find the following:

Changed on 14 November 2018

Pudsey Collection is a topical and very practical problem solving set of tasks based on a Children in Need collection. Specially written for Entry 3 Functional Maths students and can be easily adapted to suit your own students / charity.

Level
E3
Maths
Functional Maths
MSS1/E3.1
Number
Context
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 14 November 2018

An adaptation of the text originally contributed by Amanda Burgess. I’ve simplified it for ESOL E2-E3 learners and added a vocab box as well – either for learners to investigate themselves or to be taught by the tutor ( Eg,What other charities do you know about….What other ways do charities use to raise money…etc).

From an ESOL point of view, the resource ties in with the core curriculum reading descriptors as well as the ‘Getting Involved in the Community’ part of the Citizenship syllabus.

Level
E2
E3
ESOL
ESOL Rt/E3.8a
ESOL Rt/E3.4a
ESOL Rt/E3.1a
ESOL Rt/E2.1b
ESOL Rt/E2.1a
Context
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 14 November 2018

Children in Need is a topical comprehension about the BBC appeal. 12 questions which require reading in detail.
Text updated August 2011
Note there is now also an ESOL E2-E3 version available.

Level
L1
English
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L1.1
Context
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 11 November 2018

A set of Functional English tasks that underpin the revised Functional Skills English content, 2018 [1].  Resources will be released gradually (as they are written!) from Oct 21st until Nov 11th 2018. All tasks are based on one or more texts from a graduated set of seven, all focusing on the 2018 Armistice Centenary commemorations. Four sets of tasks, based on Texts A, B, C and D are now available.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
FE E1.10 Understand a short piece of text on a simple subject
FE E2.8 Understand the main points in texts
FE E3.9 Identify, understand and extract the main points and ideas in and from texts
FE E3.11 Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words (e.g. a dictionary, working out meaning from context; using knowledge of different word types)
FE E3.12 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contents, index, menus, tabs and links)
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.12 Recognise that language and other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences and purposes
FE L1.17 Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
FE E2.14 Form regular plurals
FE E3.14 Form irregular plurals
FE E1.15 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
FE E2.16 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E3.17 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE L1.21 Spell words used most often in work, study and daily life, including specialist words
FE E2.19 Write in compound sentences, using common conjunctions (e.g. or, and, but) to connect clauses
FE E3.20 Use appropriate format and structure when writing straightforward texts, including the appropriate use of headings and bullet points
Context
History
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 8 November 2018

Changed on 5 November 2018

Two sets of Functional English resources based on various texts from the set of seven How We Remember texts (follow link right, under See also to download the texts). 

L1 tasks - reading questions based on Texts B ( Poppies web site) and E (A Nation's Thank you - the People's Procession) and a related writing task.

L1-2 tasks - reading questions based on Texts E (as above) and G (Nurse Mary Borden - forgotten female poet of WWI) and a related writing task that focuses on presentation devices and persuasive techniques.

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE READING analyse texts
FE L1.10 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
FE L2.27 Use different language and register (e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, specialist words), suited to audience and purpose
Context
History
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 5 November 2018

Armistice Centenary resources are now available here and more will be added before November 11th. All are mapped to the new 2018 FS Content which comes into effect in September 2019.

Changed on 30 October 2018