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Changed on 23 April 2019

St George’s Day is April 23rd.

Follow this tag to find five St George’s Day resources.
Resources cover Maths and English from E2 (Entry Level 2) to L2 (Level 2).

Changed on 23 April 2019

Changed on 23 April 2019

I have used this organisational features matching exercise in two ways, either to test learners initial knowledge of the features or as a revision tool. 

Editor's note

Two versions - one, with images, for Entry Level and another for higher levels. Fully mapped to the reformed Functional English content which comes into effect in September 2019.

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
FE E3.12 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contents, index, menus, tabs and links)
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 WRITING Use format, structure & language (to meet purpose & audience)

Changed on 22 April 2019

A recap exercise where Functional English learners match the correct aspects of formal letter writing together and lay them out in letter format.

This could be printed out and laminated but I usually give my students a printout of the first pages and they cut out the text boxes and arrange them appropriately. I have included some red herrings such as incorrect text alignment and unsuitable salutations and closures.

I have included my suggestion of the correct layout on the third page.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

Changed on 22 April 2019

Wonderful high L1 – Level 2 resource which looks at the purposes and sources of a range of texts. Includes: useful handout with example of the four main types of text; discussion and examples of texts with more than one purpose; examples of badly written texts with mixed and confusing purposes; inferred and hidden meanings; writing practice (for four different purposes); re-ordering a long instructional text; and a set of final multiple choice questions to check skills.
Fully mapped to the Functional English criteria.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.5
Wt/L1.4
Rw/L2.3
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L1.2
Rs/L2.2
Rs/L2.1
Functional English reading

Changed on 22 April 2019

A L1/L2 Functional English card match resource. Serves as a tactile supplement/plenary for the recognition of text and layout features assessed at Level 1/2. Colour coded to aid learners in organising the columns, this resource allows learners to place the layout feature next to its descriptor and layout effect.

Level
L2
L1
English
Rt/L2.6
Rt/L1.4
Functional English reading

Changed on 22 April 2019

Cards which can be used as a plenary or warm up to match definitions and features to types of text.
Editor’s note
With Functional English mapping

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L1.2
Rt/E3.2
Functional English reading

Changed on 22 April 2019

A worksheet designed to draw together all the features which identify different types of documents or texts such as emails, webpages, letters and leaflets.

I designed this a recap and to create a revision document for my learners doing Functional Skills English at Levels 1 & 2.

Level
L2
L1
English
Rt/L2.6
Rt/L1.4
Functional English reading

Changed on 22 April 2019

Whilst I designed this resource for Adult Numeracy learners, it has found much use over the years across the maths cohorts I've worked with from pre-GCSE to ESOL, and with GCSE learners.

It is in Excel format - 3 tabs for different activities and the second Excel file is the solution sheet.

The sheets are formatted to print off as A4 landscape to allow learners to have their own copies to work on.

This has always worked well as a starter activity with learners in small groups (or teams) and having a competitive edge.

Level
E3
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
Maths
FM Context free underpinning
FM E3.14 Use and compare measures of length, capacity, weight and temperature using metric or imperial units to the nearest labelled or unlabelled division
FM L1.20 Convert between units of length, weight, capacity, money and time, in the same system
FM L2.14 Convert between metric and imperial units of length, weight and capacity using a) a conversion factor and b) a conversion graph
GCSE G14 (use units of measure)
AN Length weight capacity temperature scales

Changed on 22 April 2019

A set of 2 posters for the classroom – also useful as handouts.
Metric measures (L1 upwards) – clarifies metric prefixes
Imperial measures (L1-2) – I’m not expecting students to know or learn these facts but this poster makes a useful discussion prompt (about the difficulties of working with Imperial measures and how much easier it is to use metric units) and also includes interesting facts about the history of Imperial units.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
MSS1/L2.6
MSS1/L2.3
MSS1/L1.7
Context
History