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Added on 30 October 2018

Added on 21 October 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. Five sets of tasks, based on Texts A, B, C, D and E 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

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
FE E1.10 Understand a short piece of text on a simple subject
FE 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
FE 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