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Changed on 28 November 2019

Originally written as a mock E2 ESOL reading paper with a Halloween theme. Now amended with extra tasks to reflect the reformed Entry Level 2 Functional English content. Covers alphabetical order / dictionary work, general comprehension, purpose of text (E3) and some writing elements (see below). 

Entry 2 Halloween reading tasks

Editor's note

Level
E2
English
FE E2.7 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E2.8 Understand the main points in texts
E2.10 Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words and check their spelling (e.g. a simple dictionary, spell-checker)
E2.15 Use the first and second letters to sequence words in alphabetical order
E2.18 Complete a form asking for personal information (e.g. first name, surname, address, postcode, age, date of birth)
ESOL
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
ESOL Rs/E2.1d
ESOL Rw/E2.4a
ESOL Rw/E2.5a
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

Changed on 28 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
FE 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 28 November 2019

Two differentiated functional English tasks that involves a number of reading and writing skills (with a bit of maths thrown in!). Learners can personalise this by using names of their own friends and family. For both versions you will need copies of the current Argos book or access to the web site.

Entry 2 version includes: using a catalogue or web site, writing a list & a gift tag, budgeting, writing a note. You will need one gift tag per learner.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
Context
Independent living

Changed on 26 November 2019

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Changed on 25 November 2019

Sparked after reading an article about a UK Which? report in The Guardian newspaper, and made in haste, this resource is aimed at Entry Level 3 (E3) and Level 1 (L1) learners but includes some E2 and L2 questions. There is no answer sheet – one might appear later for skillsworkshop contributors – but see below for general marking guidance. If you are stuck you can ask for help using my Twitter tag @skillsworkshop https://twitter.com/skillsworkshop

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
FE E3.14 Form irregular plurals
FE 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
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 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 L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L1.15 Infer from images meanings not explicit in the accompanying text
L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
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 L2.16 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
FE L1.12 Recognise that language and other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences and purposes
FE L1.11 Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.18 Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of straightforward texts
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Changed on 25 November 2019

Sparked after reading an article about a UK Which? report in The Guardian newspaper, and made in haste, this resource is aimed at Entry Level 3 (E3) and Level 1 (L1) learners but includes some E1-2 and L2 questions. There is no answer sheet – one might appear later for skillsworkshop contributors – but the teaching notes do include general marking guidance. 

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM Straightforward problem(s) with more than 1 step
FM L1.16 Recognise and calculate equivalences between common fractions, percentages and decimals
FM E3.10 Calculate with money using decimal notation & express money correctly in writing in pounds and pence
FM E3.11 Round amounts of money to the nearest £1 or 10p
FM L1.18 Calculate simple interest in multiples of 5% on amounts of money
FM L1.29 Find the mean and range of a set of quantities
FM L2.23 Calculate the median and mode of a set of quantities
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Changed on 22 November 2019

Follow these tags to find seasonal resources: Christmas (61 resources), Winter (7),  New Year (14). 

Changed on 22 November 2019

Eight different tasks based on three delightful Christmas mincemeat recipes – accompanied by very enticing photographs!. Suitable for E3-L2. Tasks cover metric measures, a web investigation, converting between metric and Imperial units, and ratio and proportion. Fully mapped to the Functional Maths criteria.

Level
L2
L1
E3
Maths
MSS1/L2.6
MSS1/L2.5
MSS1/L1.6
MSS1/E3.6
AN N1/L2.3
AN N1/L1.7
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space

Changed on 22 November 2019

A seasonal maths investigation that involves a trip to the supermarket, scaling a recipe, rounding, estimating and much more!

Level
E3
L1
Maths
HD1/E3.4
HD1/L1.2
HD1/E3.1
HD1/L1.1
MSS1/E3.1
MSS1/E3.2
AN N1/L1.7
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Changed on 22 November 2019

Christmas whole number numeracy assessment written as an end of term assessment for a mixed ability group ranging from Low E2 – E3 – Low L1. Covers place value, rounding, 4 operations, times tables, problem solving, multiplying and dividing by 10/100. With a marking box for E2, E3, L1 to allow for differentiated assessment.
Answer sheet available separately (see below).
A related minimal literacy version (with Christmas references removed) of this resource is also available (see below).

Level
E2
E3
L1
Maths
Whole Numbers