Recent Changes

Changed on 9 February 2020

Reformed Functional English assessments include group discussion at all levels beyond Entry 1.  This useful, 3 page planner can be used (with varying amounts of teacher support) from E2 to L2. Covers everything from choosing a topic, jotting down initial ideas, and making extended contributions. Also describes the different roles withing a discussion and useful phrases for each role.

With detailed Functional English mapping.   

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
E2.6 Make appropriate contributions to simple group discussions with others about a straightforward topic
E3.6 Make relevant contributions to group discussions about straightforward topics
E3.7 Listen to and respond appropriately to other points of view, respecting conventions of turn-taking
L1.7 Use appropriate phrases, registers and adapt contributions to take account of audience, purpose and medium
L1.8 Respect the turn-taking rights of others during discussions, using appropriate language for interjection
L2.8 Make relevant and constructive contributions to move discussion forward
L2.10 Interject and redirect discussion using appropriate language and register
ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion

Changed on 9 February 2020

I first used this was used as practice for the written and spoken part of Functional Skills exams.

Learners need to begin by discussing TV shows and hopefully someone will mention Big Brother. Then they have to write about 150 words about what sort of housemate they would be in the house.

Next they have to read through the 20 housemate descriptions and choose 10 of them to join them. This needs to be a team decision.

Level
L2
L1
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Changed on 3 February 2020

A resource based on catalogues (Argos and Littlewoods) that works especially well with younger students. 2 versions, differentiated for Level 1 and Level 2. Covers addition and subtraction (money) and percentages.

Level
L1
L2
Maths
MSS1/L1.1
N2/L1.5
N2/L1.8
N2/L2.8
Context
Independent living

Changed on 3 February 2020

A selection of graduated money problems (recognising coins, counting coins, cost of multiple items, change from a £1) where the correct coins must be selected from each picture box.

Level
E1
E2
Maths
MSS1/E1.1
MSS1/E2.1
MSS1/E2.2

Changed on 3 February 2020

A set of Entry Level tasks - all based on a vending machine. The main focus is money but positional vocabulary is also covered. Skills covered include: recognising letters and numbers for items in a vending machine, identifying coins to pay with, working out change from £1,  checking answers, rounding and estimating, distinguishing between right and left.

Editor's note

A delightfully functional resource. With teaching notes. Fully mapped to the Reformed Functional Skills content.

Level
E1
E2
E3
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM E1.1 Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 20
E2.2 Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 200
FM E2.5 Add and subtract two-digit numbers
E1.5 Recognise coins and notes and write them in numbers with the correct symbols (£ & p), where these involve numbers up to 20
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)
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
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
Context
Independent living
Catering Food Nutrition

Changed on 3 February 2020

Convert pence to £s, work out cost of multiple items and correct change, make up sums of money with coins.

Level
E2
E3
Maths
MSS1/E2.1
MSS1/E2.2
MSS1/E3.1

Changed on 3 February 2020

Money 1 is a series of very visual exercises providing excellent practice in making up money to given amounts, giving change, etc. 32 self-marking questions.

Level
E2
Maths
MSS1/E2.1
MSS1/E2.2

Changed on 3 February 2020

Written to look at the reformed Entry Level 2 ‘Measures, shape and space’ content, the main focus of this resource is positional vocabulary, 3D shapes and time. It also covers aspects of Number and Data. It is not recommended for the initial teaching of skills (underpinning). If used for this, ensure all the ‘maths words’ (p1) are covered in advance and supply learners with real-life materials such as counters (I use pasta or dried beans) and 3D shapes where needed.

Level
E2
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
E2.2 Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 200
E2.19 Recognise and name 2-D and 3-D shapes including pentagons, hexagons, cylinders, cuboids, pyramids, spheres
E2.20 Describe properties of common 2-D & 3-D shapes including nos. of sides, corners, edges, faces, angles & base
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

Changed on 3 February 2020

This resource arose from a conversation with a learner who had lost their debit card a number of times in the cash machine because they couldn’t read the screen fast enough.

I used it by discussing each of the screens with learners and then having them work through the reading text and the accompanying exercises. Even better, if you have access to the internet, you can show different images of ATM screens and discuss them.

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Independent living
Business & Money management

Changed on 3 February 2020

A colourful two page worksheet providing carefully differentiated questions on giving change. It starts with working out the change for one item from £1 and builds up to giving change for multiple items from £20. The pictures of shopping items could also be laminated for group work.

Level
E2
Maths
MSS1/E2.2
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service