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Changed on 12 November 2019

A PowerPoint set of L1-L2 reading, maths and writing tasks. All are based on information a recent UK.gov Home Office fact sheet about Prevent and Channel*. The fact sheet can be found online or downloaded from this page. Main Functional Maths coverage is reading and comparing whole numbers and percentages, and percentage-fraction equivalents. Some questions involve calculating percentages or checking the figures that are quoted in the text (Level 2).

Editor's notes

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.17 Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
FE L1.23 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
FE L2.16 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.24 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
FE L2.25 Organise writing for different purposes using appropriate format and structure (e.g. standard templates, paragraphs, bullet points, tables)
FE L2.27 Use different language and register (e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, specialist words), suited to audience and purpose
Maths
FM L1.1 Read, write, order and compare large numbers (up to one million)
FM L1.8 Read, write, order and compare common fractions and mixed numbers
FM L1.13 Read, write, order and compare percentages in whole numbers
FM L1.14 Calculate percentages of quantities, including simple percentage increases and decreases by 5% and multiples thereof
FM L1.16 Recognise and calculate equivalences between common fractions, percentages and decimals
FM L2.4 Identify and know the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages
FM L2.6 Calculate percentage change (any size increase and decrease), and original value after percentage change
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Health and safety
News, Politics & Government items

Changed on 12 November 2019

I wrote this resource to familiarise myself with the new Reformed Entry Level 3 reading and spelling content. As a revision or assessment tool it would be particularly useful around October half term time (i.e. just before Bonfire Night). It can also be used as a springboard for general discussion about fireworks and Bonfire Night.

Level
E3
English
FE E3.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE E3.9 Identify, understand and extract the main points and ideas in and from texts
E3.10 Identify different purposes of straightforward texts
FE E3.11 Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words (e.g. a dictionary, working out meaning from context; using knowledge of different word types)
FE E3.12 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contents, index, menus, tabs and links)
FE E3.14 Form irregular plurals
E3.16 Use the first, second and third place letters to sequence words in alphabetical order
FE E3.17 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
Context
Health and safety
News, Politics & Government items

Changed on 12 November 2019

Good worksheet with useful help on turning a percentage into a fraction to help solve real life problems.

Level
L1
L2
Maths
Adult Numeracy N2/L1.3
Adult Numeracy N2/L2.2
N2/L1.2
N2/L1.9
N2/L2.8

Changed on 12 November 2019

A fabulous set of differentiated reading activities for E1-E3. Order sentences to make a gruesome story, read and answer questions on manual handling (inc. graphical information), enjoy an amusing story about a health and safety inspector or a topical news report.

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
Rt/E1.1
Rt/E2.1
Rt/E3.1
Rt/E3.4
Rt/E3.9
Context
Health and safety

Changed on 10 November 2019

I saw this guide on the BBC website and thought it would be suitable for my Level 1 learners.  This text clearly has a limited shelf-life but is very topical and gives us a chance to discuss democracy as part of British values.  It is quite a detailed comprehension and I have included some Level 1 Reformed Functional Skills Reading questions e.g. explaining apostrophe use.  Whilst not expressly a Level 2 text, it does give a chance to discuss issues of fact, opinion and bias.

Editor's note

Level
L1
English
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
News, Politics & Government items

Changed on 10 November 2019

Video task and reading comprehension based on the style of Entry ESOL reading exams. Taken from BBC Newsround website.

Editor’s note
Questions suitable for mixed ability classes from E2-L1 and make good discussion prompts for further work.

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Changed on 10 November 2019

PPT with title slide and 3 slides and a set of suggested questions to go with it.
A further worksheet showing the number of seats for the parties for the last and new parliament with tasks for E3 to L2 learners.

Editor’s note
A great resource for prompting general discussion about elections, statistics, etc.

Level
L2
L1
E3
Maths
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Changed on 10 November 2019

This is a reading exercise I will be using with my L1-2 readers here in the U.S.

My students all speak Spanish as their first language and there are many Spanish cognates in the text. We have also been working on “who/what/when/where/why” questions in class, so that is the focus of the questions.

Editor’s note Also suitable for Functional English.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English reading
ESOL
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Changed on 10 November 2019

This is a resource I developed, prior to the May 2011 referendum, to use as part of ‘language for expressing opinions’ at E3 Level. It’s quite basic but can be developed in different ways for classes of different levels. It is based the Victor the Vote Counter video available on YouTube or www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Listen for detail
Listen for gist
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Changed on 10 November 2019

A simulation of the AV and FPTP voting system first used in an Entry Level Functional Maths and English class on Referendum day May 5th 2011.

Students vote for their favourite chocolate and compare the results when using the two different systems.

Resource includes AV and FPTP ballot papers, ballot box labels and a polling station poster. Plus links to voting information videos and easy-read referendum information leaflets.

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
Functional English reading
Maths
Functional Maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Independent living