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Added on 18 February 2020

Covers all reformed Functional Skills  content descriptors relating to position and direction (from E1 to L1). Written with mixed-level classes in mind. Positional vocabulary; cardinal and intercardinal compass points; turns (e.g. quarter turns) and bearings are all covered in this set of graduated HS2 (high speed railway) themed problems. Problems are interspersed with context-free underpinning questions, examples and tips.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
Maths
FM Context free underpinning
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM Straightforward problem(s) with more than 1 step
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
E3.20 Use appropriate positional vocabulary to describe position and direction including eight compass points and including full/half/quarter turns
L1.26 Use angles when describing position and direction, and measure angles in degrees
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Motor vehicles & Transport

Added on 10 February 2020

A topical resource that requires students to interpret a news infographic and calculate the difference between two times. There is also a second question for Level 2 learners on Speed, Distance, Time. As well as enabling students to practise time calculations it can lead to discussion about this controversial rail project.

Editor's notes

Really topical and interesting. With curriculum mapping. No answer sheet.

Level
L1
L2
Maths
FM Straightforward problem(s) with more than 1 step
FM Complex multi-step problem(s)
FM L1.20 Convert between units of length, weight, capacity, money and time, in the same system
L2.15 Calculate using compound measures including speed, density and rates of pay
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Motor vehicles & Transport

Added on 9 February 2020

This is a speaking and listening activity written in the style of the NCFE reformed Functional Skills assessment.  It is based on the 'Happy News: It's not all bad' reading resource previously published on skillsworkshop. Three task are covered: presentation (talk), Q&A session and a formal discussion. 

Editor's notes

Level
L1
English
FE SL&C Speaking
FE SL&C Active listening
FE SL&C Discussion
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Added on 3 February 2020

A set of Entry Level tasks - all based on a vending machine. The main focus is money but positional vocabulary is also covered. Skills covered include: recognising letters and numbers for items in a vending machine, identifying coins to pay with, working out change from £1,  checking answers, rounding and estimating, distinguishing between right and left.

Editor's note

A delightfully functional resource. With teaching notes. Fully mapped to the Reformed Functional Skills content.

Level
E1
E2
E3
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM E1.1 Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 20
E2.2 Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 200
FM E2.5 Add and subtract two-digit numbers
E1.5 Recognise coins and notes and write them in numbers with the correct symbols (£ & p), where these involve numbers up to 20
E2.12 Calculate money with pence up to one pound and in whole pounds of multiple items and write with the correct symbols (£ or p)
FM E3.10 Calculate with money using decimal notation & express money correctly in writing in pounds and pence
FM E3.11 Round amounts of money to the nearest £1 or 10p
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
Context
Independent living
Catering Food Nutrition

Added on 2 February 2020

A range of maths questions relating to Valentine's Day. Topics include measures; perimeter, area and volume; fractions and percentages; and ratio/proportion.

Editor's note

Ideal for non-calculator practice and revision. Fully mapped to the reformed maths content, with answers

Level
L1
Maths
FM Straightforward problem(s) with more than 1 step
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space

Added on 27 January 2020

11.50 28.1.20 - file updated. (Minor typo page 4, missing 'camel' key  page 7)

Detailed revision guide for Reformed Functional Maths. Split into sections Number, Measures Shape and Space, Handling Data
Table format with topic on left-hand side and an example on the right.

Editor's note

Really useful guide covering almost every Level 1 content criterion. Written for Edexcel-Pearson candidates but suitable for all.

Level
L1
Maths
FM Context free underpinning
Functional Maths

Added on 24 January 2020

Added on 15 January 2020

A reading comprehension based on articles taken from Emily Coxhead's The Happy News.  This publication is to "celebrate all that's good in the world" and so it seemed a good time at the start of the year to have the opportunity to talk about the positives, rather than negatives, around us. Questions cover many aspects or the new reformed L1-2 curriculum including: main points & detail, textual and organisation features, interpreting punctuation and understanding vocabulary. I am also planning to use this as the basis of a speaking and listening discussion.

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
FE L1.17 Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
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 L1.18 Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of straightforward texts
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Mental health and psychology

Added on 9 January 2020

Specifically written to focus only on comparing and contrasting texts (now expected at Level 1 and Level 2).  This set of  graduated questions uses texts from "Six Texts about TV Licences" (available separately on skillsworkshop) and encourages learners to compare content, format, purpose and language of texts based on similar topics.

 

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.10 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
L2.12 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Added on 7 January 2020

A set of six texts about TV Licences that can be used in various combinations for Functional Skills (FS) speaking, listening and communicating; reading and writing activities. Teachers can pick and choose their own texts and create related DARTs (directed activities related to text) and questions to suit. There will also be pre-prepared resources on skillsworkshop. When selecting texts consider the interests and levels of your learners, and what type of text and purpose you want to focus on.

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English reading
Context
Art Film Media Music TV