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Added on 2 November 2019

Written to look at the reformed Entry Level 2 ‘Measures, shape and space’ content, the main focus of this resource is positional vocabulary, 3D shapes and time. It also covers aspects of Number and Data. It is not recommended for the initial teaching of skills (underpinning). If used for this, ensure all the ‘maths words’ (p1) are covered in advance and supply learners with real-life materials such as counters (I use pasta or dried beans) and 3D shapes where needed.

Level
E2
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
E2.2 Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 200
E2.19 Recognise and name 2-D and 3-D shapes including pentagons, hexagons, cylinders, cuboids, pyramids, spheres
E2.20 Describe properties of common 2-D & 3-D shapes including nos. of sides, corners, edges, faces, angles & base
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

Added on 1 November 2019

Added on 28 October 2019

Specifically written to focus on the reformed Entry Level 1 ‘Number’ content, these worksheets follow Sam and Dot at their workplaces during the Halloween period. The resource draws on the different question styles used by the major awarding organisations and can be used for diagnostic assessment and revision.

Level
E1
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM E1.1 Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 20
FM E1.2 Use whole numbers to count up to 20 items including zero
FM E1.3 Add numbers which total up to 20, and subtract numbers from numbers up to 20
FM E1.4 Recognise and interpret the symbols +, – and = appropriately

Added on 26 October 2019

A reading, writing, listening and discussion task. The topic is skills at risk and the older generation. Comprehension questions focus on the gist. The grammar focus is passive voice verbs. Learners will discuss and write sentences about their skills, and will write about traditional skills that are in danger of dying out.

Level
L1
L2
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Sc/L1.3a
ESOL Sc/L1.3b
ESOL Sc/L2.4b
ESOL Lr/L1.2d
ESOL Lr/L2.2d
ESOL Rs/L2.1a
ESOL Ws/L2.1a
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Art Film Media Music TV

Added on 23 October 2019

Angles have far greater prominence in the reformed Functional Maths content (for example 3 figure bearings are assessed at Level 1). An introductory PPT and accompanying straightforward but very useful worksheet develop underpinning skills in measuring and naming angles.  Includes a reference box on page 1 and a list of 'angle' vocabulary on page 4 (please note much of this vocabulary is not assessed in Functional Mathematics but is included for general interest).

Fully mapped to the reformed Functional Maths content. 

Level
L1
Maths
Functional Maths - underpinning
L1.26 Use angles when describing position and direction, and measure angles in degrees

Added on 23 October 2019

Reformed Functional English assessments include group discussion at all levels beyond Entry 1.  This useful, 3 page planner can be used (with varying amounts of teacher support) from E2 to L2. Covers everything from choosing a topic, jotting down initial ideas, and making extended contributions. Also describes the different roles withing a discussion and useful phrases for each role.

With detailed Functional English mapping.   

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
E2.6 Make appropriate contributions to simple group discussions with others about a straightforward topic
E3.6 Make relevant contributions to group discussions about straightforward topics
E3.7 Listen to and respond appropriately to other points of view, respecting conventions of turn-taking
L1.7 Use appropriate phrases, registers and adapt contributions to take account of audience, purpose and medium
L1.8 Respect the turn-taking rights of others during discussions, using appropriate language for interjection
L2.8 Make relevant and constructive contributions to move discussion forward
L2.10 Interject and redirect discussion using appropriate language and register
ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion

Added on 23 October 2019

Five large A4 templates for web page, letter, article, email and a speech/talk.  They can be used in a variety of ways depending upon learner levels and lesson objectives. E.g. E1-E2 students can discuss and decide upon the text type and/or where they might see such document, E2-E3 learners can use them to plan or draft work. At L1 they could be displayed onscreen as a brief reminder to use different layouts for different purposes or for reading revision (of organisational features).

Level
E2
E3
L1
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 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

Added on 22 October 2019

Delightful reading and writing tasks based on a very short text originally written for a motorbike-loving learner who had difficulties decoding and distinguishing between long and short vowel sounds. Includes comprehension questions and spelling / punctuation tasks. Fully mapped to the reformed Entry 1 Functional English content. This includes detailed phonic breakdown of the reading text.

Level
E1
English
FE E1.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
FE E1.9 Read simple sentences containing one clause
FE E1.10 Understand a short piece of text on a simple subject
FE E1.11 Punctuate simple sentences with a capital letter and a full stop
FE E1.12 Use a capital letter for the personal pronoun ‘I’ and the first letter of proper nouns
FE E1.13 Use lower-case letters when there is no reason to use capital letters
FE E1.15 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport

Added on 18 October 2019

These two lessons explore the Windrush Scandal. 

The video gives an opportunity to listen for gist and detail, and is followed by a focus on sentence stress and intonation.

The article gives an opportunity for learners to analyse the purpose of the text and look at persuasive techniques, and is accompanied by a vocabulary from context exercise.

Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
L2.1 Identify relevant information from extended explanations or presentations
L2.2 Follow narratives and lines of argument
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
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 L1.17 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
GCSE Reading A1 (a) Identify and interpret
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
ESOL
ESOL Lr/L1.1a
ESOL Lr/L1.2e
ESOL Lr/L1.6b
ESOL Lr/L2.1a
ESOL Lr/L2.2a
ESOL Lr/L2.2e
ESOL Rw/L1.2a
ESOL Rt/L1.2a
ESOL Rw/L2.3a
ESOL Rt/L2.2a
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Added on 16 October 2019

This resource was created as a way to focus my learners on one person in a larger story. I believe it is a great way to get them used to using the Who, What, Why, When and Where writing method creatively. It is especially good for planning activities.

Editor's note

Although Functional English does not include creative / fiction writing this resource is still useful for general E3 and L1 planning and writing practice, and (for L2 students) as preparation for GCSE.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
FE WRITING Clarity, cohesion, length and detail