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Added on 6 May 2021

A lesson to build learners' confidence to make meaning from texts, introducing the terminology: theme, motif, symbol and metaphor

The song uses quite simple language, which means the focus instead is on deeper analysis. It prompted really interesting discussions in our class, and tied to our theme of new beginnings and goal setting at the start of a new term.

Editor's note

Level
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
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
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Added on 6 May 2021

These three simple resources are aimed for teaching the layout features and conventions of informal and formal letter writing.  There are three templates: 

Level
E3
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
T Levels - embedded maths or English
English
FE E3.20 Use appropriate format and structure when writing straightforward texts, including the appropriate use of headings and bullet points
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
FE L2.25 Organise writing for different purposes using appropriate format and structure (e.g. standard templates, paragraphs, bullet points, tables)
GCSE Writing A5 (b) Organise information using structural and grammatical features
TL - Create texts for different purposes and audiences
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Employment skills & Public services

Added on 5 May 2021

A resource I designed to help my L1 Functional Maths learners revise and check on areas they needed to work on. Covers ratio, mean, percentages, problem solving, fractions, area , volume and more!  

Editor's note

Fabulous practice and revision! Fully mapped to the Reformed Functional Maths criteria. If you are a resource contributor, an answer sheet will be available shortly :)  

Level
L1
Maths
FM Straightforward problem(s) with more than 1 step
L1.9 Find fractions of whole number quantities or measurements
L1.11 Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals up to two decimal places
FM L1.14 Calculate percentages of quantities, including simple percentage increases and decreases by 5% and multiples thereof
FM L1.18 Calculate simple interest in multiples of 5% on amounts of money
L1.19 Calculate discounts in multiples of 5% on amounts of money
FM L1.20 Convert between units of length, weight, capacity, money and time, in the same system
L1.21 Recognise and make use of simple scales on maps and drawings
L1.22 Calculate area and perimeter of simple shapes including those that are made up of a combination of rectangles
L1.23 Calculate the volumes of cubes and cuboids
L1.24 Draw 2-D shapes and demonstrate an understanding of line symmetry & knowledge of the relative size of angles
FM L1.29 Find the mean and range of a set of quantities

Added on 30 April 2021

A reading comprehension exercise with a writing task included for Level 1 and 2.

Based on a recent article on the BBC News website about Gavin Williamson and the subject of mobile phones in schools and the use of technology during the lockdown.  A topic that is certain to get the students engaged!

Included is a basic guide on how to write an article.

Editor's notes

Includes separate answer sheet and curriculum mapping. The guide to writing an article is really useful.

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.9 Identify & understand the main points, ideas & details
FE L1.11 Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
FE L1.13 Use reference materials & appropriate strategies for a range of purposes, inc. to find word meanings
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 L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
FE L2.16 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.18 Follow an argument, identifying different points of view and distinguishing fact from opinion
FE Writing composition
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Added on 28 April 2021

I created this L2 Functional Skills resource a couple of years ago for a  young adult group that used particularly 'salty' language. As well as a reading comprehension task, it led to some fruitful discussion about swearing in general, appropriate use of language with different audiences, and facilitated the setting of some mutually agreed ground rules.

Level
L2
English
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
L2.15 Use a range of reference materials and appropriate resources (e.g. glossaries, legends/keys) for different purposes, including to find the meanings of words in straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.16 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
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 SL&C Discussion
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
History

Added on 28 April 2021

A mixed set of L1-2 reading questions based on an interesting, quite technical article from the European Space Agency site. Some questions are straightforward Level 1 comprehension and vocabulary; others are more challenging and cover tone, style, language and organisational features. There is also a writing question where learners have to stick to a word count and rewrite information from the text in their own words. Might also be useful for low level GCSE. 

With FS curriculum mapping. No answer sheet.

Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE L1.9 Identify & understand the main points, ideas & details
FE L1.12 Recognise that language & other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences & purposes
FE L1.13 Use reference materials & appropriate strategies for a range of purposes, inc. to find word meanings
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 L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
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 L2.16 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
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
Context
Science, Nature & Weather
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Added on 26 April 2021

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
E1
ICT
Entry 1 and 2 ICT
Using ICT
Finding and selecting information
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Context
Gardening & Horticulture

Added on 26 April 2021

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
E2
ICT
Entry 1 and 2 ICT
Using ICT
Finding and selecting information
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Context
Gardening & Horticulture

Added on 15 April 2021

A hangman style game created in Google Jamboard (a free animated whiteboard app). Based on a game I used to play on a traditional whiteboard with a cut-out crocodile and person (held in place with blu-tac!) and river created with a blue whiteboard marker. When Covid-19 and remote teaching came along, I needed something else.

You can access the jamboard here

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
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
ESOL
ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)

Added on 13 April 2021