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Changed on 1 July 2020

A game to help learners get to grips with the likelihood of selecting a particular thing at random. Students practise expressing probabilities as fractions, decimals and percentages. This activity avoids the taboos on dice and cards that some learners have. It also revises concepts such as multiples and “greater” and “less than”.

1 page cards to be cut out – give one set to each student (or pair of students), 1 page for student to complete, plus an answer sheet.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
AN HD2/L1.2
Functional Maths - handling information and data

Changed on 1 July 2020

A practical investigation that can be enjoyed in mixed level classes.  There's something for all learners from Entry Level 1 to Level 2.

Editor's note. One of my favourite resources that somehow got lost when the site was redeveloped in 2011.  Now fully updated to reflect the new 2018 Functional Skills content that come into effect September 2019. Pages 7-8 show detailed FS mapping to content descriptors and problem solving skills.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
Maths
FM E1.3 Add numbers which total up to 20, and subtract numbers from numbers up to 20
E1.13 Read and draw simple charts and diagrams including a tally chart, block diagram/graph
E2.25 Take information from one format and represent the information in another format including use of bar charts
E3.23 Organise and represent information in appropriate ways including tables, diagrams, simple line graphs and bar charts
FM L1.8 Read, write, order and compare common fractions and mixed numbers
FM L2.27 Express probabilities as fractions, decimals and percentages
Context
Sport

Changed on 1 July 2020

Probability with a pack of playing cards was written for an ESOL numeracy student unfamiliar with playing cards but is great for any L1 student. Express the likelihood of single events (and also practice simplifying fractions!).

Level
L1
Maths
AN HD2/L1.2

Changed on 1 July 2020

5 questions based on functional skills exam questions where learners find the probability of an event happening.

Level
L2
Maths
HD2/L2.1
Functional Maths - handling information and data

Changed on 1 July 2020

Straightforward probability questions for L2 Functional Maths (dice, playing cards, socks, pens, etc.). Includes useful practice with simplifying fractions.
Plus an interesting extension question.

Level
L2
GCSE L1-5
Maths
FM L2.27 Express probabilities as fractions, decimals and percentages
GCSE P3 (language of probability, 0-1 scale)
GCSE P4 (collectively exhaustive / mutually exclusive outcomes)
AN HD2/L1.1
AN HD2/L1.2

Changed on 30 June 2020

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Changed on 29 June 2020

A game of bingo to practise classroom objects and numbers 1-16. There are 8 different bingo cards and a teacher’s board.
This could be used at the start of term for Pre-entry or Entry 1 learners.

Level
M8
E1
Maths
N1/E1.1
Pre-entry
pre-Entry General
ESOL
ESOL Listen and respond

Changed on 29 June 2020

These lesson activities are based on scenes from David Lean’s 1984 film, A Passage to India. Topics relating to culture, integration, separation, race, ethnicity, identity and humanity can easily be raised and discussed via the materials and the film scenes. There are many ways of using this original material and the suggestions are just activities that have worked with L2 and [even] L1 students.

Level
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
ESOL
ESOL Reading
ESOL Speaking
ESOL Listen and respond
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Changed on 29 June 2020

This resource is based on the DfES ESOL Skills for Life recording 'Changes interview 1'. It gives exam practice questions (C&G style) in the first section and in the second section an activity to enable learners to tune in to the sounds of English. The first section can be completed in class and the second at home or the whole sheet can be given for homework. Listening development at home enables learners to listen as often as they wish and tune in until they hear the text more clearly.

Level
L1
English
E3.1 Identify and extract relevant information and detail in straightforward explanations
L1.1 Identify relevant information and lines of argument in explanations or presentations
ESOL
ESOL Lr/L1.1a Extract information from texts of varying genre, e.g. radio, TV
ESOL Lr/L1.2a Listen to explanation or narrative
ESOL Lr/L1.2d Listen for grammatical detail
ESOL Lr/L1.2e Listen for phonological detail
Context
History

Changed on 29 June 2020

E3 listening task (removing a pane of glass) is a clever way of practising OCR E3 Task 1 (listening for gist, detail and new information) and could also be easily edited to add your own listening materials.

Level
E3
English
SLlr/E3.2
SLlr/E3.3
SLlr/E3.1
Context
Construction Carpentry Plumbing