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Added on 27 September 2017

A Level 1 reading task based on a BBC news article about problems with London’s Victorian sewers.
It focuses on text types, reading for gist and detail, vocab building and personal responses.

Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping.

Level
L1
English
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Added on 26 September 2017

This is a set of work about personal information. Includes matching exercise, organising and writing sentences, and questioning – all loosely based on a simple text.

Level
E1
ESOL
General ESOL

Added on 25 September 2017

Functional skills maths.
Extract information from mileage and distance (network) diagrams. Complete a mileage chart.
Editor’s note
With worked solutions, pop up help and a final challenge question.
Ideal as an introduction or for revision.

Level
L1
E3
Maths
MSS1/L1.5
HD1/L1.1
HD1/E3.1
AN Length weight capacity temperature scales
Functional Maths
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport

Added on 25 September 2017

An ESOL reading comprehension based on a BBC News report on the death of Stanislav Petrov, who averted a potential Cold War disaster in 1983.

The text contains several examples of past perfect, reported speech and third / mixed conditionals. The activity combines reading for gist, for detail, identifying vocabulary and identifying parts of speech. An extension activity gives learners an opportunity to write a similar short text, using the same elements of grammar to tell a story about a decision that changed events.

Level
L2
L1
English
Use knowledge of grammar
Apply grammar
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
News, Politics & Government items
History

Added on 24 September 2017

A set of robust questions covering plans / scale drawings, calculating area, finding the best prices, percentages, ratios and much more. Mapped to the L1 and L2 Functional Maths criteria. 12 questions spread across 4 tasks: Loft Conversion, Social Club, College Canteen and Living Room.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Painting Decorating & DIY
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Added on 17 September 2017

A set of Formula 1 scenarios based on the four rules of mathematics and using formulae expressed in words and/or numbers. This resource tests students’ ability to use formulae to solve problems based on a motor racing car travelling on a race track. Some of the scenarios test the students ability to convert units to get a sensible answer. I encourage my students to estimate the answers before attempting for real! Some do, some don’t …

Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
Maths
FM L1.5 Use simple formulae expressed in words for one or two-step operations
FM L2.3 Evaluate expressions and make substitutions in given formulae in words and symbols
GCSE A2 (Substitution)
AN N1/L1.11
AN N1/L2.4
Context
Sport
Motor vehicles & Transport

Added on 17 September 2017

Designed for Entry 3 – Level 2 Functional Skills English.
Students loved this lesson. Can be designed around other areas but covers:
Writing persuasively.
Fact and opinion.
Research write a factual article
Create a poster using appropriate language.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional Skills English
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
History

Added on 17 September 2017

A word processing activity which involves typing and formatting and also contains useful information.

The idea is that the learners digest the text that they are working with and learn from it. I would put it at about level E2/3.

Level
E3
E2
ICT
Functional ICT

Added on 21 August 2017

Literacy – aimed at Level 1-2 and links to imaginative writing at GCSE.
Quirky fun starter – find your pirate name. This can be done on mobile phones if there are no PCs.
Comprehension tasks.
After finding the King’s shilling, write descriptive letter home.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
History

Added on 28 July 2017