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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

Added on 2 December 2019

Challenging set of  questions based on an infographic from a recent TV Licensing annual review.  Aimed at L1-2 but a few questions are Entry 2/3 - there are also  a couple of  "stretch questions" making a bridge to GCSE. Two main topics are covered: working with very large numbers and percentages. Extracting data, equivalents and ordering decimals are also touched upon.

Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
Maths
FM Straightforward problem(s) with more than 1 step
FM Complex multi-step problem(s)
FM E3.21 Extract information from lists, tables, diagrams and charts and create frequency tables
FM L2.1 Read, write, order and compare positive and negative numbers of any size
FM L2.4 Identify and know the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages
FM L2.6 Calculate percentage change (any size increase and decrease), and original value after percentage change
L2.13 Calculate amounts of money, compound interest, percentage increases, decreases and discounts including tax and simple budgeting
GCSE N2
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Added on 28 November 2019

I wrote this resource to explore the Reformed Entry Level 2 reading and writing content, and the format of the new assessments from various awarding organisations (AO). 

Level
E2
English
FE E2.7 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E2.8 Understand the main points in texts
FE E2.9 Understand organisational markers in short, straightforward texts
E2.10 Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words and check their spelling (e.g. a simple dictionary, spell-checker)
E2.11 Read and understand sentences with more than one clause
FE E2.12 Use illustrations, images and captions to locate information
E2.13 Use basic punctuation correctly (e.g. full stops, question and exclamation marks)
FE E2.14 Form regular plurals
E2.15 Use the first and second letters to sequence words in alphabetical order
FE E2.16 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E2.17 Communicate information using words and phrases appropriate to audience and purpose
E2.18 Complete a form asking for personal information (e.g. first name, surname, address, postcode, age, date of birth)
FE E2.19 Write in compound sentences, using common conjunctions (e.g. or, and, but) to connect clauses
FE E2.20 Use adjectives and simple linking words in the appropriate way
Context
Art Film Media Music TV
Independent living

Added on 25 November 2019

Sparked after reading an article about a UK Which? report in The Guardian newspaper, and made in haste, this resource is aimed at Entry Level 3 (E3) and Level 1 (L1) learners but includes some E2 and L2 questions. There is no answer sheet – one might appear later for skillsworkshop contributors – but see below for general marking guidance. If you are stuck you can ask for help using my Twitter tag @skillsworkshop https://twitter.com/skillsworkshop

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
FE E3.14 Form irregular plurals
FE E3.16 Use the first, second and third place letters to sequence words in alphabetical order
FE E3.17 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
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 L1.13 Use reference materials and appropriate strategies (e.g. using knowledge of word types) for a range of purposes, including to find the meaning of words
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L1.15 Infer from images meanings not explicit in the accompanying text
L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
FE E3.12 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contents, index, menus, tabs and links)
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 L2.16 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
FE L1.12 Recognise that language and other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences and purposes
FE L1.11 Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.18 Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of straightforward texts
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
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Added on 22 November 2019

Sparked after reading an article about a UK Which? report in The Guardian newspaper, and made in haste, this resource is aimed at Entry Level 3 (E3) and Level 1 (L1) learners but includes some E1-2 and L2 questions. There is no answer sheet – one might appear later for skillsworkshop contributors – but the teaching notes do include general marking guidance. 

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM Straightforward problem(s) with more than 1 step
FM L1.16 Recognise and calculate equivalences between common fractions, percentages and decimals
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
FM L1.18 Calculate simple interest in multiples of 5% on amounts of money
FM L1.29 Find the mean and range of a set of quantities
FM L2.23 Calculate the median and mode of a set of quantities
Context
Catering Food Nutrition