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Added on 9 October 2018

A set of Entry 1 and Entry 2 English tasks that focus on two short texts about the alphabetical list of winter storm names released by the Met Office. The first Functional English resource I have written based on the revised Functional Skills English content (2018) which will be used by awarding organisations from September 2019 [1]. 

Level
E1
E2
English
E1.1 Say the names of the letters of the alphabet
E1.10 Understand a short piece of text on a simple subject
E2.8 Understand the main points in texts
E2.9 Understand organisational markers in short, straightforward texts
E1.14 Write the letters of the alphabet in sequence and in both upper and lower case
E2.15 Use the first and second letters to sequence words in alphabetical order
FE E1.15 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
FE E2.16 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
General
Staff development
Context
Science, Nature & Weather

Added on 24 September 2018

Devised for L1 as a first lesson for ratio utilising practical applications for ratio understanding. Please print the last slide as a worksheet to accompany the PPT.

Editor's notes

Introductory example using a KitKat bar, followed by other everyday applications including screen wash, hair tint and paints.  Also (very nicely) covers equality & diversity with discussion about the proportion of White British players in the 2018 England squad.

Level
L1
Maths
FM Contextualised underpinning
FM L1.17 Work with simple ratio and direct proportions
AN N1/L1.7

Added on 24 September 2018

An introduction lesson for ESOL/Pre Entry to help build learner confidence and introduce them to college rules/expectations.

Editor's note

Two complete and very welcoming lessons. Also covers asking and responding to questions about personal information, recognising letters of the alphabet, and classroom equipment.  Lovely :)

Level
M8
E1
English
AL SLlr/E1.4
AL SLc/E1.3
AL Rw/E1.1
AL Rw/E1.3
AL Ww/E1.2
Pre-entry
SLlr/M8.1
SLlr/M8.2
SLc/M8.1
Rw/M8.1
Rw/M8.3
Ww/M8.1
ESOL
ESOL Lr/E1.4a
ESOL Lr/E1.4b
ESOL Sc/E1.3a
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
ESOL Rw/E1.3a
ESOL Ww/E1.2a

Added on 23 September 2018

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.

Editor's note

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

Added on 23 September 2018

Completing these challenges will help students to create a basic PowerPoint that runs automatically and provides evidence through printed handouts.

ITQ Learning outcomes covered: 1.1 1.3 1.6 2.3 2.4 3.2 3.3

Editor's note

I think the learning outcomes quoted above relate to the OCR ICT Award  (or similar) but this beautifully clear, step by step task sheet is ideal for any Level 1-2 ICT course.

Level
L1
L2
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Level 1 and 2 CLAIT / ECDL
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Added on 23 September 2018

A multi-skill worksheet that incorporates speaking, listening, reading and writing, based on a short (1:22) BBC news video about a 100th birthday trip to London. Aimed at E3 / L1, but suitable for higher level E2 and for L2 as a recap (for L2 - elicit examples of the grammar and instructions beforehand).

Key learning outcomes: learners will:

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
FE READING main points & detail
FE Grammar
FE SL&C Active listening
FE SL&C Make requests & ask questions
FE WRITING Clarity, cohesion, length and detail
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Listen and respond
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Added on 20 September 2018

EL3 reading, writing and proof reading resource based on a newspaper article about the decline of hedgehogs.

Editor's note

Fully mapped to the new 2018 Functional English content which comes into effect September 2019. 

10 comprehension questions which focus on extracting the main point and ideas. The main writing task is an informal email - planning and drafting is expected and there is an E3 writing  checklist for the learner. There are also short task on grammar, proof reading and adjectives.

Level
E2
E3
English
Functional English - reading
E3.9 Identify, understand and extract the main points and ideas in and from texts
Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
E3.18 Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and in a logical sequence (e.g. chronologically, by task)
E3.19 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified)

Added on 19 September 2018

I wrote this to add to Timings in a Salon by Carrie Bray (see link left) as I needed to encourage my higher level students in the same area.

I started the session by giving students terminology which they had to define, then work out how much it was worth if a=1p b=2p etc. (see PPT).

I used then used tasks to recap on 24 hour and analogue time next then used the attached worksheets alongside Carrie's worksheet.

I then provided a Tarsia puzzle at the end to recap on time.

Editor's notes

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
FM Straightforward problem(s) with more than 1 step
FM Complex multi-step problem(s)
AN E3.13 Read time from analogue and 24 hour digital clocks in hours and minutes
FM E3.12 Read, measure and record time using am and pm
Context
Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Added on 19 September 2018

An analysis of an Entry Level 3 (E3) Functional Skills reading text about Walter Tull, contributed by  Laura Bell (2018) - see right for the link to Laura's resource.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
English
FE READING and understanding words
FE WRITING Spelling
General
Staff development
Context
Education

Added on 16 September 2018

A reading comprehension and writing activity at L1/L2 and at E3 on Walter Tull, one of England’s first black professional footballers and the UK’s first black army officer. He has an inspiring story and was killed in action in France 100 years ago (March 25, 1918). David Lammy MP is calling for his Military Cross to be awarded posthumously as an inspiration to others. Plenty of possibilities for speaking and listening discussions around the topic.

Editor's note

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
FE READING and understanding words
FE READING main points & detail
L1.12 Recognise that language and other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences and purposes
FE WRITING Use format, structure & language (to meet purpose & audience)
FE WRITING Clarity, cohesion, length and detail
Context
News, Politics & Government items
History
Sport
Employment skills & Public services