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Added on 8 December 2017

I have found that although some learners are able to calculate averages, they often struggle to interpret the results. This resource has been designed with this in mind.

Editor’s note
With answers, plus detailed curriculum mapping for both GCSE and Functional Maths

Level
GCSE L1-5
L2
Maths
HD1/L2.4
HD1/L2.3
Functional Maths - handling information and data
GCSE S4 (univariate distributions, averages)

Added on 8 December 2017

My class of adult learners were struggling to associate fractions with real world scenarios so I created this worksheet based on honest situations.
The questions are diverse in difficulty from Entry level 2 to Level 2 making it a good worksheet as a starter or revision.
Editor’s note
With curriculum mapping and answers

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
Maths
N2/L2.3
N2/L1.2
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
N2/E3.6
N2/E3.1
N2/E2.2
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Business & Money management

Added on 6 December 2017

A task sheet for L1 Functional Skills ICT. It focuses on Task 3 of the Edexcel exam paper which involves being creative and producing a document that uses clear presentation features and is fit for purpose.
Includes two tasks (a restaurant menu and a flyer for a student production) plus a short extension.

Level
L1
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
General ICT resources
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Art Film Media Music TV

Added on 6 December 2017

A list of simple sentences, some of which are common sayings. They all contain a word which has more than one meaning. The list can be used to improve vocabulary, and also to show students the importance of context in understanding the meaning of a word. Could be used as a warm-up for a reading lesson.

Level
E3
E2
English
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Rw/E3.5
Functional English reading
Homophones, homographs & confusables
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Rw/E3.5a
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Added on 4 December 2017

This resource is aimed at high E3, L1 and L2 ESOL learners who make mistakes when using conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs in their writing to express contrast. There are seven speaking, reading and writing tasks in all.

Level
L1
L2
English
Use knowledge of grammar
Apply grammar
Identify main points and detail
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation)
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Sport
News, Politics & Government items

Added on 27 November 2017

Added on 26 November 2017

This is a MS Excel resource that is designed to be a useful resource for producing sheets for starter activities or homework. This also provides a tutor marking sheet. The sheet can be used to differentiate by choosing larger or smaller numbers, and can be addition or subtraction.

Editor’s note
Creates printable sheets of 20 problems (plus answer sheets). Clever and useful!

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
Maths
FM Context free underpinning
FM E1.3 Add numbers which total up to 20, and subtract numbers from numbers up to 20
FM E2.5 Add and subtract two-digit numbers
FM E3.2 Add and subtract using three-digit whole numbers
AN N1/L1.3
AN N1/E3.2
AN N1/E2.3
AN N1/E1.5
AN N1/E1.4

Added on 26 November 2017

A resource for maths to allow students to calculate the cost of a home made pizza and compare to a takeaway / store bought pizza. Considering profits and recipe scale.
2 different levels of sheet Foundation and higher that can be printed back to back with a design ideas sheet to give the costing some context or used in a catering / life skills lesson for cross curricular.

Editor’s note
PPT format but prints as 3 x A4 sized editable worksheets.

Level
L1
Maths
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Added on 16 November 2017

This is an Excel file with a basic odd/even activity. I took inspiration from Jean Thomas’ “Reveal the hidden shapes!” activity from 2005.

With this activity, the tutor can design a picture (or one learner can design a picture for another learner) and it produces a printable sheet. The learner then shades all the odd numbers on the sheet in one colour, and all the even numbers in a different colour – revealing a picture or a message.

There are no macros, so cross-compatibility with Excel shouldn’t be a problem.

Level
E2
E3
Maths
FM Context free underpinning
FM E2.3 Recognise and sequence odd and even numbers up to 100
AN N1/E3.1
AN N1/E2.2
AN N1/E2.1

Added on 16 November 2017

How to format and plan a formal letter or email for English functional skills.
Word document / template.

Editor’s note
Two very useful editable Word documents – one for a letter, one for an email.
[5/12/17] Minor edits to the formal letter template

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.1