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I provide functional skills and English language GCSE lessons but I am looking to expand on this and produce more resources for students with specific learning needs. I also do Youtube videos for home learning https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-JQchhF9CJakm2Al271olw/ anyone who subscribes can have one resource of their choice for free

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I provide functional skills and English language GCSE lessons but I am looking to expand on this and produce more resources for students with specific learning needs. I also do Youtube videos for home learning https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-JQchhF9CJakm2Al271olw/ anyone who subscribes can have one resource of their choice for free
Functional skills new specification 2019
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Functional skills new specification 2019

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A collection of reading, writing and speaking and listening lessons and resources to suit functional skills English. 12 resources in total made to suit the new functional skills Edexcel specification but can be used for multiple awarding bodies.
Functional Skills Level 1 Reading & writing
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Functional Skills Level 1 Reading & writing

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Revision for level 1 functional skills with some progression towards GCSE. It has extension activities, a planning sheet and a self assessment table - the lesson has been designed to last about an hour and a half and encourages the students to write a target at the end. I’m using it for some final prep for a level 1 group where some are about to sit their writing and others their reading.
Functional Skills -Reading Exam Practice
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Functional Skills -Reading Exam Practice

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I made a reading test for students to practice their skills. I wrote my own texts and based the questions of the new post 2019 Edexcel reform of the level 2 functional skills. The texts are in an editable word document, I put the questions and answers on a power point but I also included a copy of the questions on a word document. 15 questions in total same as the exam students are expected to spend 75 minutes on this, same as the exam. All resources are fully editable so if there’s anything you don’t like it can be fixed easily but I tried to represent every question that the students may face in the exam.
Functional Skills - Reading Bundle
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Functional Skills - Reading Bundle

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A bundle with a resource and power point slides dealing with the assessment objectives of level 2 functional skills English, topics covered are: Purpose of text Reading between the lines. Understanding the writer. Spotting different types of text. Spotting layout techniques. Spotting language techniques. Identifying tone and style. Each activity has an extension task and an answer sheet. All resources are editable to change if you wish. Ideal for home learning. Could be of a great help to native English speakers currently in year 6, great for home learning.
AQA GCSE Paper 1 Exam question practice
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AQA GCSE Paper 1 Exam question practice

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Editable Exam question practice with Mark Scheme A paper 1 exam with a very small text for students who don’t like to read lengthy texts - I’ve used this when my students motivation is low, it has tips on how to answer the questions and writing frames for students to follow the aim of this is simply to make students practice how to answer these questions properly and include everything they need to, to get over a level 5 or below. I also re-wrote the AQA Paper 1 Mark Scheme in as simple language as I could - in the hope that students would be able to help themselves by using the writing frames and then hopefully get an idea of what grade they would achieve. The techniques in the source are relatively easy to spot and have both language and structural techniques. This is aimed at students who already have the skills and want something straight forward to practice with.
Christmas
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Christmas

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An English GCSE lesson to do before the Christmas break and a Christmas quiz, both include equality and diversity.
Mini text comprehension for functional skills
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Mini text comprehension for functional skills

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These are some mini texts I wrote along with a few comprehension questions I’ve used it for E3-L1 functional skills lessons. The texts are about credit score (to give an idea of the things a student needs to know about the future) and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (there’s a lot of videos online about conflict avoidance this) and one jokey text about bad ways to break up with someone.
Functional skills - Exam paper practice
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Functional skills - Exam paper practice

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Level 1 functional skills lesson that suits the new specification, can also be taught to lower levels if paced out. Starter - Write a different sentence to match a specific purpose. 10 Minutes Recap - skimming and scanning activity - 10 Minutes Parts of the exam explained Purpose and auidence mini text and questions - 15 Minutes Proofreading activity - 10 Minutes Developing your answers and how to start Plenary - quiz to test learning so far. Hour and a half in total. Second lesson (included) Starter - expressing your opinion on three statements - 10 to 15 minutes (dependent on discussions) Recap - match up of purposes - 5 Minutes Plurals and then SPaG activity - 10 Minutes Comprehension activity based on fortnight - 15 minutes How to write an article Choice between two articles to write - 15-20 Minutes Plenary - Age ratings discussion on computer games.
AQA GCSE English AO6
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AQA GCSE English AO6

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Activities designed to help students get full marks for technical accuracy showing them what they have to do in the minimal amount of writing.
Comparing texts
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Comparing texts

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A full lesson on comparing texts based on theme of Police power. Task 1 - using quotes Task 2 - A Padlet debate on in class debate depending on home learning or in school. Task 3 - Comparing texts comprehension questions Task 4 - spelling patterns explanation and tasks looking at ‘tion and sion’ patterns, suffixes that end in Y and plural suffixes. Task 5 - Plenary students choose one of three options in order to express their opinion on police powers. Answers included and all worksheets have been put on one editable document so that it can be used for home learning or in the class. I made this for level 1 functional skills but it can be applied to different year groups.
Functional skills new specification
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Functional skills new specification

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A collection of functional skills resources designed for level 1 Edexcel all resources are adaptable so can be scaffolded to use with entry level students. The resources are completely adaptable and differentiated. For supporting videos check out my page on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-JQchhF9CJakm2Al271olw Cover image by: Brooke Cagle on Unsplash
Narrative Structure of a horror story
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Narrative Structure of a horror story

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The first page goes through the terms of narrative structure. Task 1: Looking at the narrative structure students explain which should be the most exciting part. Task 2: look at a basic plot and see if they can show where it occurs in terms of narrative structure. Investigating and using Suspense techniques. Task 3: students do a basic plan using the narrative structure model (sample answer shown first) this is aimed at encouraging the use of flashback. Task 4: students write a couple of paragraphs of their story, experimenting with structure and there is a peer/self marking table for the students to complete. Photo by Sara Aho on Unsplash
Black History Month
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Black History Month

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An assembly on Black History Month with this year’s theme of voting. The resource gives a task where students are made to consider how it would feel to be treated differently because of your appearance or identity. Then there is an explanation of the context in which the civil rights movement was going on in and we look at the importance of the right to vote. The second task is a true or false activity about the rights of African American people during this time, to help students understand the signifcance of the rights they fought for. The third task is where students watch a clip from Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream speech’ and talk about what the term 'all men (and women) being born equal". The forth task is a matchup activity where students are shown the photos of four people of African descent and are asked to name them and asked what achievements thry are known for. The next slides give a breakdown of these key people and explains why they are important. The final task is a look into ‘I know why the caged bird sings’, students are played the video of people reading it and the meaning is explained. This can be adapted to being a lesson, it has 17 slides in total and is fully editable if you wish to delet anything. I have included a task which I also used in my BLM lesson which I thought was a great tool for showcasing the civil rights movements in America. The only thing I havent included is the full speech of MLK and the poem because these are freely avible but I was unsure about putting them on here for copywright concerns.
AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2
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AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2

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Question 4 paper 2 of GCSE English language for AQA. The theme is on money and life choices designed for a two hour lesson. The lesson objectives are scaffolded using Bloom’s taxonomy verbs. Starter - statements promoting critical thinking (with answers) Recap - Explode a quote (sample answer) Task 1 - perspective and attitude teaching and 15 minute task Task 2 - Inference about life choices and language analysis extension 15 Minute task but you can allow extra time for class discussion. Task 3 - Analysis of sample answer, students label the answer using terms from the mark scheme. Task 4 - reading of the two texts and analysis (video link as well) Task 5 - question 5 quick attempt Task 5 - Plenary students identify themes and ideas as of being 19th or 21st Century attitudes. Hope you enjoy teaching it - any feedback is appreciated.
Edexcel Speaking and Listening
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Edexcel Speaking and Listening

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Speaking and listening exam preparation. Looks at mark scheme for both exam tasks to suit the new spec of the Edexcel functional skills lesson. New Year comprehension included for Functional Skills level 1 but can be adapted for Functional Skills Level 2 or GCSE English.
Christmas lesson
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Christmas lesson

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A Christmas/end of term lesson for English GCSE language for AQA. Starter 10 minutes define sophisticated vocab Celebrations taboo 20 minutes Word search of language techniques 15 minutes A05 practice 15 minutes Identify four things from the video and discuss 10 minutes AO2 use inference to get meaning from nonsense sentences 10 Minutes Writing puns (AO5) Students write cheesey jokes based on the prompts. 15 minutes. Over the break game where students build on each others activities 10 minutes Team quiz with 12 questions - sorry theres a promise of chocolate for the winners at the end. Plenary match up of the sophisticated words from the beginning.
Quiz
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Quiz

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Quiz on general knowledge/current events and Maths and English, a great way to break the ice and get students thinking, or a good warm down before the end of term, the types of question are: General knowledge Pictograms for maths questions Emojis for English idioms Sound clips Picture rounds There are twenty questions in total and each one is a little bit different from the rest to keep students engaged. Answers are included the powerpoint is editable if you wanted to add any more questions, feel free.
AQA GCSE English language paper one quick revision
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AQA GCSE English language paper one quick revision

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A quick revision of paper 1 for AQA GCSE English language aimed at lower ability students, can be adapted to be part of a entire lesson, original mini texts have been written so students can attempt to write one PEE paragragh on each. For question 5 there is no picture due to copywrite concerns, so you can add a pictuure that is relevent to your group. One sample answer is included for question 2, detailing how to write a PEEZL paragrapgh and for question three some of the strtuctual techniques have been annotated. This has been used as a quick revision activity and has lasted a group about an hour and a half, if they only write one PEE paragraph per question. The texts are of my own creation and have been deliberatly written to include the techniques the students need to know for this exam. For the question 5 there is a planning sheet with some words that are aimed towards using more sophisticated vocabulary but the students do not need to use these words it is only a suggestion and will not apply to each example that they need to provide of the GOMASSIVE techniques. This is means as a quick recap and revision.
Persuasive writing
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Persuasive writing

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A lesson based on the theme of being more thoughtful with Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar speech. The lesson shows students what the exam will be like as well as gets them to write a sample answer for question 5 paper 2 and looks at language analysis. I could not include the text because of copyright but here is a link that will provide it: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/feb/10/joaquin-phoenixs-oscars-speech-in-full
Plurals
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Plurals

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A video lesson and resources for students wanting to develop their grammar.