Functional Skills Exam Preparation Year 9 Why do Functional Skills exam? You need them. Each Functional Skills qualification is worth 23 attainment points at Level 2, making Functional Skills at Level 2 the equivalent of half a GCSE in SCAAT points.
Students enjoy seeing how skills they learn in the classroom have genuine application in life, work and school. They link skills to real-life. Mock exam date TBC Reading lesson Level 2 skills: select, read, understand, compare, gather information
Select and use different types of texts to obtain and use relevant information. Read and summarise succinctly Identify the purpose of a text and comment on how meaning is conveyed Detect a point of view or implied meaning (read between the lines) This lesson will help you to select key information and
understand how to identify key words and phrases Do Choose one of the phrases which explains what the witness of a crime has to do: 1. Pick on the suspect 2. Pick up the suspect 3. Pick out the suspect
Do Review How to pick out key words and phrases. In order to pick out the main points and ideas, you need to be able to pick out the key words or phrases. What are key words? With a partner come up with a definition.
Learn Each of you will be given a sheet. On your own, read it and try to answer the questions. Tips: Read the main writing of the leaflet carefully (twice!) Make a list of the key words and phrases Use a dictionary to look up any words you do not understand
Check Compare your answers with a partner. Have you got them all? Do you have the same answers. Discuss any differences. Apply You need to understand why these main points have been included. See if you can add at least one extra point into each box:
What is it telling us? Why has it been included? Feeding a horse What to feed a horse and when
to inform readers of the different types of food and what they are good for Watering a horse
to advise on the best way to provide water how much water a
horse needs Challenge Use the main points you noted and your key words and phrases and the table from the last slide and write two or three full sentences about the article. EXT: Try to reduce these sentences onto one sentence that summarises what the article is about.
Check Compare your sentence with the one below: The article from Caring for Your Horse.com tells readers about the best way to feed and water their horse. It includes important information about what food to give and when and how much water a horse needs to be fit and healthy. Reading lesson 2 (level 1 skills) In this lesson you will:
Understand how the main points have been presented Key term: What does presented mean? Do Presented means how the
main points and ideas are: Arranged Organised Structured Put together Shaped Designed What are the connotations of the colours below.
EXT: Why might a text use these colours to convey main points and ideas? Review What is there to say about the way the Plan webpage is presented? Is it arranged in parts? With a partner write in your books what each part does. Part 1 Title and menu bar Part 2 Big image and details of The Plan
Part 3 What we do text Part 4 What we do drop down menu Part 5 Latest news Part 6 sign up to e newsletter Apply What else can you say about how the writing is presented in each section? Use the following headings to help you complete this task:
The order of the writing is The web page is structured to include The web pages design includes images The original web page uses the colour because Check Each pair have been given the component parts of a website. Work out the best way to present the information. Be ready to explain why you have presented the information
this way. Try it yourself In groups you will now design your own webpage. Choose from the following topics and create the homepage for your website: Information about a teenage health issue Adventure holiday for children aged 9-15 A writing competition for primary school children Consider: layout, text, colours, images, style and tone that is appropriate for
your audience. TIP: Research similar websites. Do a rough overview design, then delegate sections to be designed by individuals in your group. You can then put them together like a jigsaw. Reading for detail The layout of a text can help you find details. What presentation features can tell you where to find information?
Tip: use the features to help you find what your looking for, then scan the text to find the details you need. Complete the practice question sheet. Responding to a text In your level 2 Reading Test, you might be asked to identify suitable responses to a text and say how you would utilise, (make use of) the information.
In this lesson you will: Understand what suitable means Understand what suitable response is. Key terms: Suitable means: Fitting Right Sensible
Apt Relevant To the point Appropriate Proper Applicable Utilise means: Use
Do We often have to act or respond in a suitable way in everyday life. Here are some examples of real life situations. For each one, discuss with a partner what would be a suitable response. A. It is Mothering Sunday what are you going to do about it? B. Your sister has got engaged what are you going to say to her fianc? C. Your granddad is ill what do you say to him on the phone?
Review Read the text extract your have been given. In pairs, answer the questions and decide how you could respond?: Audience and Purpose In this lesson you will: Understand the audience of a text Understand the purpose of a text
Be able to accurately identify the audience and purpose of a text Activity 1 Write down the last time your were part of an audience Write down how many different sorts of audience you can think of Think of two or three written texts such as specific newspapers or magazines, novels, websites or even
textbooks. Jot down the audience or audiences that might find these interesting. Audience To understand a text you need to think about the audience or readers the text was written for. Writers have an audience in mind when they write their text: E.g. who would be the audience of a television guide?
Do Try to identify the audience of the following texts: A map of the Lake District A leaflet about measles vaccinations TIP: try to be as detailed and specific as possible Purpose The purpose of a text is its aim. Why have it been written?
When people write things for your to read, they have a purpose in mind, e.g. to entertain you. Review With a partner, make a list of as many different purposes (of a text) as possible. There are around 10 that you should be familiar with at level 2.
Apply Complete the matching activity. TIP: Watch out! Sometimes a text has more than one purpose. In the exam, identify the MAIN purpose. Reading Lesson 5 (level 2 skills) Purposes and pictures This lesson will help you to:
Understand the purposes of a text. Think about the purpose and importance of pictures. Do Read the sample text you have been given. Identify the audience of the text (who has the text been written for?) Review
Now you need to work out the purpose of the text (knowing who it has been written for can help you). TIP: Go through the list of ten main purposes to help you. Purposes: report, instruct, persuade, advise, describe, analyse, review, explain, argue, inform. Learn You are about to read a sample text.
Note down who the audience is. Read the text carefully a couple of times and then complete the activities. Hinge From the list of purposes below, go through the list and find the correct purpose of the text. Write a summary sentence about the purpose of the article. Be sure to add detail.
Example sentence: The text is reporting on an accident that happened involving a motorcyclist and a pedestrian. The text is also reporting what eyewitnesses said. Purposes: report, instruct, persuade, advise, describe, analyse, review, explain, argue, inform. Apply Activity 1:
Write down at least three more things the text is explaining about the job of a Restaurant or Catering Manager. Sometimes a text seems to have more than one purpose. Write down from the list what other purpose you think the text fulfils as well as to explain. Apply Activity 2: Now you need to think about the pictures in the text. What
purpose do you think the pictures have? In your book, describe in detail what the main picture is showing. Write down how you think the picture relates to the writing. Identify exactly which parts of the writing link to each picture Say why you think the pictures help you as a reader. Check Swap your answer with a partner. Compare what you have
written. Have you missed any points? Did you agree? Reading lesson 6 (level 2 skills) This lesson will help you to: Comment on the meaning of a text and how it is conveyed effectively. Key term:
Convey means: Communicate Make known Reveal Make the point EXT: What does effectively
mean? Do Look carefully at the text you have been given. It conveys its meaning very effectively by the way its presented as well as the words that have been used. Review With a partner, discuss and write down the ways you think
the writer has made the presentation of this leaflet effective? Some things you might consider are: EXT: The layout how the paragraphs are placed t inclu ry to d The use of colour - black, red and then green key t e the
e conn rm How certain words stand out otati on The pictures are they real photographs? Learn You now need to be able to:
Summarise information and ideas Summarise succinctly Look up and write down the definition of these two key terms.
Do With a partner, try to think of examples of texts which summarise succinctly. Apply You need to get used to seeing large amounts of text as a series of paragraphs. Each paragraph will have a topic or main sentence (usually the first). To understand a text quickly, focus on what the topic sentence says.
Re-read the Careers for You text. Try to find the main points. Make a bullet point list in your books. Now turn those key words into sentences. Eg: Paragraph one says: As a Restaurant or Catering Manager you are responsible for keeping customers satisfied. Paragraph 3 says: In larger operations youd be behind the scenes
Paragraph 7 says: Some hotels run training schemes for people with A levels or a BTEC Now write a sentence about paragraphs 2, 4 and 6. Check Finally, you now need to make the whole thing even more succinct. The first four sentences are about the job and the last three are about what you need to get the job
Now try to write a one sentence summary of the whole article. Check Starting with a good education, a successful trainee can become a Restaurant or Catering Manager responsible for managing a variety of outlets to a high standard. Self assessment check
Skill I can understand the audience and purpose of a text I can see how the meaning of a text is effectively conveyed I can summarise
information and ideas succinctly Not confident Need some more Very confident support
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