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Added on 5 June 2017

I have had feedback from people using the Big Brother PDF discussion worksheet (see link below – under see also) but without any pictures! The fun part of the session (and for it to really work) is to show the students the people they have chosen: this generates plenty of discussion about prejudice and stereotyping. So, here are the 20 pictures to match to each description given in the earlier resource. (You should feel free to edit and adapt according to the demographics / prejudices / preconceptions of own students).

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Added on 5 June 2017

21 interesting (and challenging!) questions for practice with converting between metric and imperial measurements. Question pages can be divided amongst the class and then answers can be shared. Extension ideas could include measuring learners’ feet/ height and comparing them to the records.

Editor’s note
Also provides practice with rounding decimals to a sensible number of decimal places.
The answer sheet, which includes detailed working out, is only available to site contributors. Please see details within the resource.

Level
L2
Maths
MSS1/L2.6
MSS1/L2.5
N2/L2.6
AN N2/L2.5
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Added on 4 June 2017

A nice way to check learning of probability at the end of a session.

Level
L1
Maths
AN HD2/L1.2
Functional Maths - handling information and data

Added on 2 June 2017

A game for 2 players to help with multiplying decimals with or without a calculator.
Learners take turns to choose 2 numbers to multiply, then cover up the answer on the grid. This continues until a player has 4 counters/initials in a row(diagonally, horizontally or vertically).
Prompts can be used for learners to pick a target answer and to try to work out which 2 decimals are going to give that answer.
Editor’s note
Laminate for re-use. A great game.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
N2/L2.6
N2/L1.5
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system

Added on 2 June 2017

A differentiated resource to recap many number & measure skills and to help learners with the skills needed when looking for or applying for a job.

There are 6 questions in both the L1 and L2 version – working out weekly pay, annual salary, tax payable, comparing pay to JSA (Job Seeker’s Allowance), reading/completing a bus timetable and correcting a job acceptance letter (L1 Functional English proof reading).

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Maths
N2/L1.5
MSS1/L2.2
AN MSS1/L1.3
MSS1/L1.1
MSS1/L1.2
N2/L2.8
N2/L1.9
Functional Maths
Context
Employment skills & Public services

Added on 30 May 2017

A short, contextual news article with associated comprehension and two writing tasks (a Facebook message and a formal letter).

Editor’s note
With answers and detailed curriculum mapping.

Level
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - reading
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport

Added on 22 May 2017

This functional resource gets the learner to answers some questions about a depicted rail ticket and then look up costs for two journeys and carry out further calculations: Woking to London (E2), London to Glasgow (E3 extension questions).

Addition is used to find the cost of two tickets and subtraction to find the difference between two tickets and the cost of two tickets. Multiplication is used to find the cost of an hourly car park ticket.

Level
E3
E2
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

Added on 18 May 2017

A range of questions that I have designed for my Functional Skills Maths learners.The focus is on the four operations (+ – x ÷) with wide coverage of measures and money.

There are two sets of similar, but differentiated, questions so that learners at both both levels can complete them in the same lesson. Each set of questions cover several themes (dog show and music festival) followed by a set of mixed questions and a final page of stretch and challenge tasks.

Editor’s note
With curriculum mapping.
No answer sheet.

Level
L1
E3
E2
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Number
Context
Art Film Media Music TV
Animal care, farming & equine

Added on 16 May 2017

4 Oct 2017. Updated information on source material added

A reading activity on legal age limits in different parts of the UK. Includes: education, voting, driving, marriage and work. Based on materials at: http://esol.britishcouncil.org/content/learners/uk-life/be-safe-uk/what…

Level
E3
E2
English
Functional English - reading
ESOL
ESOL Ws/E3.1a
ESOL Sd/E3.1d
ESOL Sc/E3.4e
ESOL Sc/E2.2a
ESOL Rt/E3.4a
ESOL Lr/E3.2d
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Added on 8 May 2017

This a functional resource. This resource uses addition, subtraction, multiplication and rounding numbers.
Sam and Tom have weekly incomes from various sources and lots of expenditure!
Subtraction is needed to find out how much money they have left, and multiplication is used to work out money needed for lunches for each day. Each section ends with a rounding task showing items the students have saved for.

Level
E3
E2
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Independent living
Business & Money management