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Changed on 15 June 2022

Your brother is looking for a new car. You notice a suitable car advertised in your local supermarket so you email your brother and tell him about the car.
Entry 2 Functional Skills practice writing exam – with suggested differentiation for E1 and E3.
Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping

Level
Entry Level 2
English
Functional English - writing
T Levels - General English Competencies (GEC)
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport

Changed on 15 June 2022

A set of 9 email templates / writing frames for all levels.
Long ones, short ones, plain ones, shaded ones, some with proof reading tips, one with a focus on using conjunctions. Pick and choose to suit your learners.

With a useful Functional English mapping chart listing all the coverage and range writing statements for each level from E1 – L2.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
English
Functional English - writing
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Changed on 15 June 2022

Super set of three ICT task sheets that successfully embed Functional ICT, Functional English and even some Functional Maths!
Each task sheet involves composing, sending and replying to work-based emails: based in a dental surgery, a health centre and a travel agency.
Please also download the separate, very detailed, Functional Skills mapping document which includes differentiation ideas, teaching tips and embedding ideas.

Level
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information
Functional Skills ICT: Finding and selecting information
Entry 3 ICT
Context
Leisure, Hobbies, Travel & Tourism
Health, Social care, Early years
Employment skills & Public services

Changed on 15 June 2022

Written for Key Skills ICT Level 1 (but also suitable for ICT Skills for Life, Functional ICT etc.). First task covers netiquette, the second task is based on holidays and covers sending, printing, replying to, and forwarding emails.

Level
Level 1
ICT
Level 1 and 2 CLAIT / ECDL
Context
Business & Money management

Changed on 15 June 2022

Covers sending, receiving, attachments and viruses. Designed for students using Postmaster but easy to insert your own screen shots if needed.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
ICT
Level 1 and 2 CLAIT / ECDL
Context
Business & Money management

Changed on 12 June 2022

This is a fun activity which encourages kinaesthetic learning and builds learner confidence in engaging with technology as well as using IT vocabulary. Learners are invited to share their experience of different types of international keyboards and use the interactive white board to annotate a QWERTY keyboard.

Editor's note

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E1.4a Make simple statements of fact
ESOL Sc/E1.4d Make statements of fact clearly
ESOL Sc/E2.3a Express statements of fact
ESOL Sc/E2.3d Give an explanation
ESOL Ww/E1.1a Use and spell correctly some personal key words and familiar words
ESOL Ww/E2.1a Spell correctly majority of personal details & familiar common words
ICT
Entry 1 and 2 ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Using ICT

Changed on 12 June 2022

Best buy and proportion questions - loosely based on setting up a nursery.

I have used this with my Functional Skills Maths and Employability group. We carried out a few examples as a group, left them on the board and I then gave them this worksheet to complete. I sat with the lower attainers and hand wrote in scaffolded examples whilst talking to them about it. 

I have also used the same lesson plan for my GCSE resits as a revision task.

Editor's note

Level
Level 1
Level 2
GCSE L1-5
Maths
FM L1.17 Work with simple ratio & direct proportions
FM L2.11 Understand & calculate using ratios, direct proportion & inverse proportion
GCSE R10 (Direct & indirect proportion)
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

Changed on 7 June 2022

Read the extract from 'Are cat cafes good for cats?' and then answer the comprehension questions. When you have finished, complete the writing task.

Editor's note

Covers many E3-L1 content descriptors including: main points and detail, purpose of text, using punctuation to aid understanding, language features, dictionary/vocabulary work and  distinguishing between fact and option. Ideal for mixed level groups. Each question is mapped to the relevant subject content descriptor. 

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
English
FE E3.9 Identify, understand & extract main points & ideas in/from texts
FE E3.10 Identify different purposes of straightforward texts
FE E3.11 Use strategies to find meaning of words e.g. dictionary, context, word types
FE L1.9 Identify & understand the main points, ideas & details
FE L1.11 Identify meanings in texts & distinguish between fact & opinion
FE L1.12 Recognise that language & other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences & purposes
FE L1.13 Use reference materials & appropriate strategies for a range of purposes, inc. to find word meanings
FE L1.18 Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of texts
FE Writing composition
Context
Animals, animal care, farming & equine
Retail Hospitality Customer service

Changed on 7 June 2022

Read the extract and complete the comprehension tasks. When you have finished complete the writing exercise. 

Editor's note

Covers many E3-L1 content descriptors including: main points and detail, purpose of text, using punctuation to aid understanding.  Ideal for mixed level groups. Each question is mapped to the relevant subject content descriptor. 

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
English
FE E3.9 Identify, understand & extract main points & ideas in/from texts
FE L1.9 Identify & understand the main points, ideas & details
FE E3.10 Identify different purposes of straightforward texts
FE E3.11 Use strategies to find meaning of words e.g. dictionary, context, word types
FE L1.17 Read & understand a range of specialist words in context
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L1.18 Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of texts
FE E3.15 Use mostly correct grammar e.g. subject-verb agreement, consistent use of tense, definite & indefinite articles
FE Writing composition
FE L1.20 Use correct grammar e.g. subject-verb agreement, consistent use of different tenses, definite & indefinite articles
Context
Animals, animal care, farming & equine

Changed on 7 June 2022

Two fun punctuation exercises for cat lovers.
Both are quite challenging. The first page requires full stops, capital letters and commas (E3-L1) whereas the second also includes quotation marks and apostrophes (L1-L2).

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
English
AL Ws/L2.4 Use apostrophes & inverted commas
Ws/L1.3
Ws/E3.4
Context
Animals, animal care, farming & equine