Recent Changes

Changed on 7 October 2020

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

Changed on 5 October 2020

This reading resource is designed for Functional Skills English learners.  It is aimed at level 1 and level 2, although it may be adapted for Entry level 3 also.  The resource is comprised of two texts that suggest how teenagers and young people can look after their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Text A is adapted from the UNICEF website, and Text B is an informal email written from one worried friend to another.   The questions are written to model the reformed Edexcel Functional Skills exams, and are aimed to give learners practice in a range of  exam-style rea

Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
T Levels - embedded maths or English
English
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.10 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
FE L1.11 Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
FE L1.12 Recognise that language and other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences and purposes
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 L1.14 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 L1.15 Infer from images meanings not explicit in the accompanying text
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
FE L2.12 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed
FE L2.13 Identify implicit and inferred meaning in texts
FE 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 L2.17 Analyse texts, of different levels of complexity, recognising their use of vocabulary and identifying levels of formality and bias
FE L2.18 Follow an argument, identifying different points of view and distinguishing fact from opinion
FE L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
TL - Synthesise information
GCSE Reading A1 (a) Identify and interpret
GCSE Reading A1 (b) Select and synthesise
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
GCSE A3 Compare texts
GCSE A4 Evaluate
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Mental health and psychology
News, Politics & Government items

Changed on 26 August 2020

Changed on 26 July 2020

Developed after a training session with Geoff Petty, I use this self-assessment checklist for mixed level groups. 

Although colour-coded to various levels, the idea is that any learner, regardless of level, can use the checklist to assess their own writing, and map their strengths and weaknesses.  It also helps  teachers to see how effectively learners are able to self-evaluate.   I have found it to be a really good tool to foster independent learning.

Editor's note

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
Writing composition
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)
General
Study Skills and General Teaching

Changed on 26 July 2020

A set of posters / cards / checklists designed to prompt discussion, check learning and keep a record of student progression. Designed for Entry Level Functional Maths and English learners in an FE setting but suitable for all levels and subjects.
This resource was inspired by discussion on the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics) site about “understanding versus doing” and I would like to thank the forum members for their ideas and feedback.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections

Changed on 26 July 2020

Select the best word (drop-down menus) to complete the sentences then click the box the check your answer.
One of a series of interactive self-checking phonics worksheets for Entry – see below for other titles or check out Sian’s list of resources by clicking on her name.

Level
E1
English
Rs/E1.1 Read and recognise simple sentence structures
Rw/E1.2

Changed on 26 July 2020

This interesting report on an overseas sportsman in UK allows for work in ESOL. The report covers a footballer who wishes to live in Cardiff and previously moved from Birmingham to Moscow. The comprehension questions cover his career and the people that influence his life. A conversation between the journalist and player allows for forming questions and the last task is a writing opportunity.

Editor's note

Also suitable for Functional English - see the notes within the resource. I love the dialogue exercise. :)

Level
E3
L1
English
L1.2 Make requests and ask relevant questions to obtain specific information in different contexts
FE E3.9 Identify, understand and extract the main points and ideas in and from texts
Writing composition
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E3.3b Ask questions to obtain personal or factual information
ESOL Rt/E3.4a Extract the main points and ideas, and predict words from context.
ESOL Rs/L1.2a Use punctuation to help understanding
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Sport

Changed on 26 July 2020

This lesson was designed to help learners prepare to write articles for their L1 writing exam. 

There is a reading text "Woman ran last 18 miles of London Marathon with broken ankle" with vocab, gist and detail questions, and a few questions for genre analysis.

Then a worksheet to support learners to gain top tips from a youtube video (watch till 2:18).

They can check their learning by reconstructing the sample text from the video, cut up into sections.

Level
L1
English
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
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
Context
Sport
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 26 July 2020

6 page pack of examples, proof reading tasks and excellent explicit examples of how to rewrite sentences (written in the 1st person) to the more formal 3rd person. Written for NVQ 1-2 catering students working on their ‘local hospitality provision’ project but suitable for other report writing tasks.

Level
L2
English
Wt/L2.5
Wt/L2.6
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Retail Hospitality Customer service

Changed on 26 July 2020

Level 2 reading comprehension and writing activities based on three different texts (article, blog and cartoon).

  • Pack 1 – reading comprehension, Text B (blog post) and a discussion idea.
  • Pack 2 – reading comprehension, Text C (news article) and a writing idea. You need Text A (available separately – see below)

Note that Text A (which is carton based) can also be cut up and used as a sequencing activity for lower levels – not as easy as it looks!

Level
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional Skills English
Context
Sport
News, Politics & Government items