Recent Changes

Changed on 27 November 2018

A set of Functional English tasks that underpin the revised Functional Skills English content, 2018 [1].  Resources will be released gradually (as they are written!) from Oct 21st until Nov 11th 2018. All tasks are based on one or more texts from a graduated set of seven, all focusing on the 2018 Armistice Centenary commemorations. Five sets of tasks, based on Texts A, B, C, D and E are now available.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
FE E1.10 Understand a short piece of text on a simple subject
FE E2.8 Understand the main points in texts
FE E3.9 Identify, understand and extract the main points and ideas in and from 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 L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.12 Recognise that language and other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences and purposes
FE L1.17 Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
FE E2.14 Form regular plurals
FE E3.14 Form irregular plurals
FE E1.15 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
FE E2.16 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E3.17 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE L1.21 Spell words used most often in work, study and daily life, including specialist words
FE E2.19 Write in compound sentences, using common conjunctions (e.g. or, and, but) to connect clauses
FE E3.20 Use appropriate format and structure when writing straightforward texts, including the appropriate use of headings and bullet points
Context
History
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 27 November 2018

Two further sets of tasks are now available here:  E3-L1 questions based on Text D (local commemoration events) and Text E (The People's Procession). All five sets of tasks (more to follow) are mapped to the new 2018 FS Content wh

Changed on 20 November 2018

Changed on 19 November 2018

Simply type Children in Need into any search box or follow the Pudsey tag to find the following:

Changed on 19 November 2018

Entry Level 1-2 Maths questions based on a shopping poster from the BBC 2018 Children in Need appeal but can be used at any time. Main focus is positional vocabulary, money and basic number (+, -. x, /) skills

Editor's note

Fully mapped to the new 2018 Functional Maths content which takes effect from September 2019 (note that times tables to 12 x 12 and basic division skills are now expected at E2). Image below shows , as an example, the detailed E2 mapping.

Level
E1
E2
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM E1.3 Add numbers which total up to 20, and subtract numbers from numbers up to 20
FM E2.6 Multiply whole numbers in the range 0x0 to 12x12 (times tables)
FM E2.8 Divide two-digit whole numbers by single-digit whole numbers and express remainders
E2.12 Calculate money with pence up to one pound and in whole pounds of multiple items and write with the correct symbols (£ or p)
E1.8 Describe and make comparisons in words between measures of items including size, length, width, height, weight and capacity
E1.9 Identify & recognise common 2-D and 3-D shapes including circle, cube, rectangle (incl. square) and triangle
E1.10 Use everyday positional vocabulary to describe position and direction including left, right, in front, behind, under and above
E2.21 Use appropriate positional vocabulary to describe position and direction including between, inside, outside, middle, below, on top, forwards and backwards
E2.22 Extract information from lists, tables, diagrams and bar charts
Context
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 19 November 2018

An adaptation of the text originally contributed by Amanda Burgess. I’ve simplified it for ESOL E2-E3 learners and added a vocab box as well – either for learners to investigate themselves or to be taught by the tutor ( Eg,What other charities do you know about….What other ways do charities use to raise money…etc).

From an ESOL point of view, the resource ties in with the core curriculum reading descriptors as well as the ‘Getting Involved in the Community’ part of the Citizenship syllabus.

Level
E2
E3
ESOL
ESOL Rt/E3.8a
ESOL Rt/E3.4a
ESOL Rt/E3.1a
ESOL Rt/E2.1b
ESOL Rt/E2.1a
Context
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 19 November 2018

I was prompted to create this set of tasks after seeing a lovely Red Nose event poster in my staff email. Although it focuses on Comic Relief 2011, this resource could easily be adapted for other charity events. Please read the resource to find out how you can obtain an editable Word version.
Functional English covers reading, spelling, writing, listening, speaking and discussion skills. Functional Maths covers time, money, doubling and halving, and 2D shapes.
Fully mapped to E1-E2 Functional Skills criteria.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English - reading
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 19 November 2018

Pudsey Collection is a topical and very practical problem solving set of tasks based on a Children in Need collection. Specially written for Entry 3 Functional Maths students and can be easily adapted to suit your own students / charity.

Level
E3
Maths
Functional Maths
MSS1/E3.1
Number
Context
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 19 November 2018

Children in Need is a topical comprehension about the BBC appeal. 12 questions which require reading in detail.
Text updated August 2011
Note there is now also an ESOL E2-E3 version available.

Level
L1
English
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L1.1
Context
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 14 November 2018

After weeks of work, I'm delighted to announce that the new version of skillsworkshop is now live. All new resources published since August 2018 are mapped to the revised Functional Skills content that comes into effect in September 2019.