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Printable Literacy Resources for Adult Basic Skills Students. Updated 11/10/07

Worksheets and resources on this page are all linked to Entry Level 2 of the UK Adult Literacy Core Curriculum. To view all areas of the curriculum from Entry 1 through to Level 2 go to our main Free Literacy Resources page.

Many of these resources are linked to the Skills for life Learner Materials (follow purple links to download PDFs). Printed versions of the SfL materials (with audio CDS) are available free from the DfES to all institutions in England teaching adult literacy, numeracy or ESOL.

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Literacy Entry Level 2

Speaking and Listening SLr/E2 Listen and respond
E2.1  E2.2  E2.3  E2.4  E2.5  E2.6
SLc/E2 Speak to communicate
E2.1  E2.2  E2.3  E2.4
SLd/E2 Engage in discussion
E2.1 E2.2
 

Text Focus

Sentence Focus Word Focus
Reading Rt/E2 Reading comprehension
 E2.1  E2.2  E2.3  E2.4
Rs/E2  Grammar and Punctuation
E2.1  E2.2  E2.3 E2.4
Rw/E2 Vocabulary, word recognition, phonics. E2.1  E2.2  E2.3  E2.4  E2.5
Writing Wt/E2 Writing composition
E2.1
Ws/E2 Grammar and Punctuation
E2.1  E2.2  E2.3  E2.4
Ww/E2 Spelling and Handwriting
E2.1  E2.2  E2.3

Literacy Entry Level 2 - General Resources

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A Trip to the Library Entry 2 assignment provides excellent practice for City and Guilds assignment. Layout and questions are in exactly the same style as the 'real thing' - complete with assessment pack and a transcript for the listening tape. Contributed by Pam James pamjeanjames@yahoo.co.uk Bury Adult Education Service. 13 pages. 60K. Covers reading, writing, speaking and listening and will be filed under General E2 Literacy resources.

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Spreadsheet covering the entire adult literacy curriculum (E1 to Level 2): one sheet for each of the 12 areas such as: speak to communicate, reading - sentence level, writing - word level, etc. Contributed by Di Jenkins, jenkd006@medway.org.uk Bradfields School FE Unit, Gillingham, Kent. 60K

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Individual Learner Checklist of Reading Skills - useful checklist that can be adapted for all levels.  Covers individual word recognition, comprehension and oral reading skills. Contributed by Brian Carruthers,  brian.carruthers@yahoo.co.uk 6 pages. 35K.

XLS Excel progress charts showing all the curriculum indicators for Entry 2 Literacy. Provides, on one page, a quick, visual record of progress and achievement and is particularly useful in forming and updating individual learning plans. They can be kept in students' basic skills folders and used to set targets and track progress. For more information on the complete series of these files PLEASE ALSO DOWNLOAD this PDF overview file. Contributed by Dave Walkden, dave.walkden@duchy.ac.uk basic skills tutor at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland, Cornwall. Level 2 Literacy. 1 sheet. 20K

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Cross-referencing file for the City & Guilds entry level 2 City & Guilds Entry 2 literacy specs mapped to adult literacy curriculum. 13 pages 140K Please also download overview PDF above.

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Monitoring sheets for OCR Entry Level Certificates in Literacy - keep track of what your students have completed. Three sets in one document: E1 (2 pages), E2 Lit (3 pages), E3 Lit (4 pages). 9 pages. 75K. Di Jenkins, jenkd006@medway.org.uk Bradfields School FE Unit, Gillingham, Kent.

Useful E2 planning resources for those using the DfES E2 Skills for Life resources. Each PDF covers one DfES topic and includes includes an overview sheet /front cover followed by medium term plans for two terms of 6/7 weeks each (for the first three topics at E2). All contributed by Di Jenkins, jenkd006@medway.org.uk Bradfields School FE Unit, Gillingham, Kent. Note: for those in FE not used to school terminology. A medium term plan is more detailed than a scheme of work but not as detailed as a lesson plan.

PDF My Big Day Entry 2 Terms 1&2 - medium term plans. 5 pages. 45K
PDF My Entertainment and Leisure Entry 2 Terms 3&4 - medium term plans. 6 pages 45K
PDF The Issue Entry 2 Term 5 - medium term plans. 3 pages. 30K

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Excel long term plan for Entry 2 literacy for 12 terms for students working towards OCR Entry level 2 certificate in adult literacy (including spoken communication) and is mapped to the Skills for Life learner materials (available free from the Read Write Plus site). Also very usefully linked to the DfES online version of the adult literacy curriculum: clicking on any curriculum element takes you to full details. Di Jenkins, jenkd006@medway.org.uk Bradfields School FE Unit, Gillingham, Kent. 45K



Speaking and Listening –  Entry Level 2 (Listen and respond)

SLlr/E2.6 respond to straightforward questions

(a) understand that an adequate response will depend on the type of question (e.g. simple yes/no,  specific information)

(b) understand ways of making appropriate positive and negative responses to questions

(c) give clear responses that the listener can follow

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Favourite things bingo game provides valuable practice in asking and answering questions for Milestone 7 upwards and makes a great icebreaker. Contributed by Alison Murray, Havering Adult College alison.murray4@ntlworld.com  3 pages. 150K.


Speaking and Listening –  Entry Level 2 (Speak to communicate)

SLc/E2.2 make requests and ask questions to obtain information in everyday contexts

(a) understand that questions need to be framed so as to suit the context and the nature of the information sought

(b) know and use various politeness forms appropriate to the context to obtain information from others

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Favourite things bingo game provides valuable practice in asking and answering questions for Milestone 7 upwards and makes a great icebreaker. Contributed by Alison Murray, Havering Adult College alison.murray4@ntlworld.com  3 pages. 150K.

SLc/E2.3 express clearly statements of fact, and short accounts and descriptions

(a) understand that meaning must be expressed clearly for the listener to follow, and act on if necessary

(b) understand that the amount of information and the style of account or description will depend on the content

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Describing people provides individual and paired work using adjectives in written and spoken descriptions (appearance and personality). Contributed by Laura Jeffrey Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 2 pages. 15K.

Speaking and Listening –  Entry Level 2 (Engage in Discussion)

SLd/E2.1 follow the gist of discussions

(a) be able to understand the general sense of a discussion by listening to what others say

SLd/E2.2 speak and listen in simple exchanges and everyday contexts

(a) understand that communication is a two way, interactive process

(b) understand that non-verbal signals as well as spoken language contribute to communication between people

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Conversation skills encourages learners to think (and mind-map / thought-web) about skills required for a good conversation and then test them out and evaluate after a 5 minute conversation with a partner. Contributed by Anne Hodgson, Beechwood College anne.hodgson@beechwoodcollege.co.uk

Reading – Entry Level 2 – Text Focus (Reading Comprehension)

Rt/E2.1 Trace and understand the main events of chronological and instructional texts 

(a) understand that chronological text is related to events in time
(b)  understand that instructional texts must be read in sequence
(c) know and use text-level strategies to predict content and check meaning, e.g. their own background knowledge, context of text as a whole, title, headings, illustrations
(d) reinforce and extend knowledge of sound–letter patterns in simple words with common spelling patterns

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Tigger the Hunter is a wonderful, illustrated story written by Tracy Richardson, Level 1 Literacy learner at Henley College, Coventry. Contact through Robert Holt, Rholt@henley-cov.ac.uk, who suggests using this story with Entry 2 -3 learners for reading comprehension / reading in detail, recognising high frequency words, adjectives, phonics & decoding (especially consonant clusters). 6 double pages. 240K

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Fire instructions? For re-ordering, comprehension and looking at the layout and features of instructive texts. Contributed by Angela Kennedy-Lockwood, Matthew Boulton College, akennedy-lockwood@matthew-boulton.ac.uk 2 pages. 27K.

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Pizza fingers is a handy recipe that can be used for numeracy (ratio work) or literacy (reading and ordering instructions). Contributed by Helen Connell, Joseph Priestley College, Leeds. 3 pages. 70K.

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Following instructions - BBC Skillwise provides step by step help to ICT/Lit/Num students plus useful practice in reading instructions. Contributed by Paula Pye, Chelmer Training paulapye@chelmer-training.co.uk Note: free Word version available, allowing tutors to customise for their own students.

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Mouse exercises is a very useful sheet (best used on-screen) providing online links to a range of mouse exercises where learners can learn about right and left clicking, double clicking, drag and drop, etc. Activities range form straightforward tutorials to  'Dress the Eggplant', Join the Dots and a bubble game. Many also provide very useful practice on reading instructions. Contributed by Barbara Corcoran, bcorcoran@eastleigh.ac.uk  Eastleigh College. Thank you Barbara. E1-2 Skills for Life ICT Rt/E2.1 Rt/E3.1

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Pancake day literacy and numeracy activities. Two pancake texts to read, questions to answer, recipes to re-size (simple ratios) and instructions to match and order. Wonderful topical work for Entry 2 to Level 1. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. 6 pages. 70K

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The Fright of my Life is a scary story for Entry 2 - with focused comprehension and phonics ( particularly the 'long I' phoneme) activities that can be used for individual or small group work.  Contributed by Emma Parkin, Pecan Ltd, Peckham. Emma.Parkin@pecan.org.uk 5 pages. 35K.

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Willy the super ant story from Margaret Adams Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk who wrote this story to help a dyslexic student distinguish between 'want' and 'what'.  Numbered 'cartoon' blanks for student to illustrate, plus introduction, story and background notes. 7 pages. 30K.

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Instant Pink Whip! A great project for preEntry - Entry 2. Make the instant dessert, read and sequence instructions, match images to key word and more! Contributed by Sally Shipton, Stafford College S.Shipton@staffordcoll.ac.uk 140K.

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A gift for Charlie's Mum. Wonderful comprehension exercise written especially to practice reading consonant digraphs. 3 pages. 21K. Contributed by Vicky Maltby, Hammersmith and Fulham Adult Education Service, VAVMaltby@aol.com who suggests this resource is used in conjunction with Karen White's consonant digraph worksheet

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Great reader all about money (change, coins, foreign currency, cash machines and more). also useful for spelling, grammar and vocabulary work. Contributed by Chris Morley thesilurian@yahoo.com. Rt/E2.1; Rt/E2.4 (ESOL only); Rw/E3.1. 500K. 5 pages.

PDF Wonderful practice for Entry 1 and 2 readers and spellers. Two short stories - one based on _oan, _one, _own words; one on _oa_ and _o_e.  Other word endings covered include _ice, _ash and _ack. Plus comprehension questions, spelling practice, cloze sentences, and wordsearch.  Contributed by Margaret Wingrove, Basic skills lecturer in literacy and IT, Milton Keynes.

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updated May 06 Word games and activities: In a Pickle! 1966 World Cup Victory. Who stole the World Cup? 29 page booklet with 14 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word, sentence and text focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials and audio CDs Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found. Word searches and shapes, punctuation, cloze exercises, mixed up sentences, upper-lower case letters, etc. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 160K.

PDFE2 Instructional Texts on the Web group lesson plan followed by individual web investigations - looking at instructional texts This lesson plan has 3 accompanying PDF worksheets (at levels E2, E3, L1/2).You will need to read the plan before using the worksheets. (a, b)

Rt/E2.2 Recognise the different purposes of texts at this level

(a) understand that different texts have different purposes, e.g. to explain, inform, instruct, entertain

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Fire instructions? For re-ordering, comprehension and looking at the layout and features of instructive texts. Contributed by Angela Kennedy-Lockwood, Matthew Boulton College, akennedy-lockwood@matthew-boulton.ac.uk 2 pages. 27K.

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Purpose and audience task sheets provide a good ice breaker for mixed ability and family literacy groups and make for easy differentiation as learners choose their own texts to work with. Contributed by Emma Shaw. Medway Adult Education. emma.shaw@blueyonder.co.uk 2 pages. 30K.

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Fact and opinion is a multi-sensory set of resources and a great follow up to our ever-popular Chomwell Green resources. Discuss and decide which statements are facts and which are opinions, then complete the worksheet sheet in pairs. Ideal for mixed ability groups. From Emma Shaw. Medway Adult Education. emma.shaw@blueyonder.co.uk  4 pages. 80K.

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Non fiction book review two versions (one is more detailed than the other) encouraging learners to look critically at non-fiction information books - looking out for features such as illustrations, headings, glossaries etc. and extracting interesting facts. Contributed by Anne Hodgson, Beechwood College anne.hodgson@beechwoodcollege.co.uk 2 pages. 30K.
ZIP Types of Text: Social Signs fabulous introduction with lots of pictures and points for group discussion making this suitable for Milestone 8 - Entry 3. Contributed by Sally Shipton, Stafford College S.Shipton@staffordcoll.ac.uk 7 screens. Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 180K.
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Different types of text (introduction) What is a text? Where do we find texts? A great presentation that really involves the audience. Contributed by Sally Shipton, Stafford College S.Shipton@staffordcoll.ac.uk 6 screens Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 32K

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Different types of text (part 1) What is the purpose of a text? Who are you writing for? What style will you use? How will you write it? What with? Another great presentation that builds upon Sally's introductory PPT (above). Contributed by Sally Shipton, Stafford College S.Shipton@staffordcoll.ac.uk 7 screens. Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 44K

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Different types of text (part 2) The different purposes of text. Looks at information, instructions, entertainment, persuasion and more! Another great presentation that builds upon Sally's other three PPTs (above).  Contributed by Sally Shipton, Stafford College S.Shipton@staffordcoll.ac.uk 11 screens Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 125K

PDF Purpose of Text: text sorting activity for E2-L1 but adaptable for E1 and L2. Inc. 6 purposes: inform, explain, entertain, describe, persuade, instruct. Links, sample lesson plan, 2 OTs, tutor prompt / student reference cards, differentiated worksheets for E2, E3, L1. Extension ideas and activities. 14 pages. 150K. (a)
PDFE2  Instructional Texts on the Web group lesson plan followed by individual web investigations - looking at instructional texts This lesson plan has 3 accompanying PDF worksheets (at levels E2, E3, L1/2). Each worksheet has four pages. You will need to read the plan before using the worksheets. (a)

Rt/E2.3 Identify common sources of information

(a) understand that different sources of information are designed for different uses, e.g. newspaper, directory, listing

(b) understand that similar information can be found in different sources and be presented in different ways

(c) understand that sources can be electronic as well as paper based, e.g. teletext, web sites

(d) understand that reading for information often involves locating specific details rather than reading a whole text

ZIP Types of Text: Social Signs fabulous introduction with lots of pictures and points for group discussion making this suitable for Milestone 8 - Entry 3. Contributed by Sally Shipton, Stafford College S.Shipton@staffordcoll.ac.uk 7 screens. Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 180K.
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Different types of text (introduction) What is a text? Where do we find texts? A great presentation that really involves the audience. Contributed by Sally Shipton, Stafford College S.Shipton@staffordcoll.ac.uk 6 screens Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 32K

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Instant Pink Whip! A great project for preEntry - Entry 2. Make the instant dessert, read and sequence instructions, match images to key word and more! Contributed by Sally Shipton, Stafford College S.Shipton@staffordcoll.ac.uk 140K.
PDF Purpose of Text: text sorting activity for E2-L1. Look at texts and record their form, source, purpose (inform, explain, entertain, describe, persuade, instruct). Links, sample lesson plan, 2 OTs, tutor prompt / student reference cards, differentiated worksheets for E2, E3, L1. Extension ideas and activities. 14 pages. 150K. (a) (b) (c)
PDFE2 Instructional Texts on the Web group lesson plan followed by individual web investigations - looking at instructional texts This lesson plan has 3 accompanying PDF worksheets (at levels E2, E3, L1/2). Each worksheet has four pages. You will need to read the plan before using the worksheets. (a, b, c, d)

Rt/E2.4 Use illustrations and captions to locate information

(a) understand that illustrations contribute to meaning and can help locate and interpret information

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Non fiction book review two versions (one is more detailed than the other) encouraging learners to look critically at non-fiction information books - looking out for features such as illustrations, headings, glossaries etc. and extracting interesting facts. Contributed by Anne Hodgson, Beechwood College anne.hodgson@beechwoodcollege.co.uk 2 pages. 30K.

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Great reader all about money (change, coins, foreign currency, cash machines and more). also useful for spelling, grammar and vocabulary work. Contributed by Chris Morley thesilurian@yahoo.com. Rt/E2.1; Rt/E2.4; Rw/E3.1. 500K. 5 pages.

PDFE2 Instructional Texts on the Web group lesson plan followed by individual web investigations - looking at instructional texts This lesson plan has 3 accompanying PDF worksheets (at levels E2, E3, L1/2). Each worksheet has four pages. You will need to read the plan before using the worksheets.
PDF Shared text (illustrated house ads, holiday cottages). 84K. to use with House for Sale: Group writing project (using descriptive, persuasive language) and DOC overhead transparency

Reading – Entry Level 2 – Sentence Focus (Grammar and Punctuation)

Rs/E2.1 Read and understand linking words and adverbials in instructions and directions (e.g. next, then, right and straight on)

(a) understand that these types of word and phrase: expand the information in a sentence by providing details about place, sequence, time; relate one step of the instructions/directions to another, enabling the reader to follow the whole text and complete the task.
PDFE2  Instructional Texts on the Web group lesson plan followed by individual web investigations - looking at instructional texts (includes looking for connectives) This lesson plan has 3 accompanying PDF worksheets (at levels E2, E3, L1/2). Each worksheet has four pages. You will need to read the plan before using the worksheets. (a)

Rs/E2.2 Use knowledge of simple sentence structure and word order to help decipher unfamiliar words and predict meaning.

(a) understand that sentences follow grammatical patterns, and certain types of words are more likely to occur in some places than others

(b) understand that word order and the relationship between words in a sentence are as important to meaning as the words themselves

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updated April 07 (first uploaded 17/04/01) Adding suffixes er or ar to make nouns is a huge 15 page resource that has had a major facelift. Covers parts of speech (nouns and verbs), imperatives, spelling rules, words with more than one meaning, spelling strategies and much more. With extensive teaching notes, student aims sheet, and ideas for contextualisation and using as a multisensory resource. 150K

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Opposites (antonyms) - 4 worksheets (2 for E2-E3, 2 for E3-L1) that also help with reading, decoding, spelling and vocabulary. Ideal for class or homework. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk 4 pages. 40K.

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Pancake day literacy and numeracy activities. Two pancake texts to read, questions to answer, recipes to re-size (simple ratios) and instructions to match and order. Wonderful topical work for Entry 2 to Level 1. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. 6 pages. 70K

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Letter to Santa. Help your child choose presents and write a letter to Santa (great for family learning groups). Includes a cloze/writing frame. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. 4 pages. 70K

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Conjunctions exercise also makes a good starting point for discussion on how different conjunctions alter the meaning of a sentence. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk 2 pages. 25K.

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Updated Chomwell Green OHT - in Word format for shared group writing. Originally used for a class writing project (using adjectives) in Jan 2002. Word order of adjectives, etc. We have updated the font and the cost of the house! 

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Colours, Fruit and Clothes: 43 page booklet with 23 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word and sentence focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials & audio CDs Lit Unit 1 Lost & Found, ESOL Unit 3 Shopping, ESOL Unit 9 Shopping 2. Word searches and shapes, alphabetical order, upper-lower case letters, crosswords, word fills and matching games. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 450K.

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updated May 06 Word games and activities: In a Pickle! 1966 World Cup Victory. Who stole the World Cup? 29 page booklet with 14 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word, sentence and text focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials and audio CDs Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found. Word searches and shapes, punctuation, cloze exercises, mixed up sentences, upper-lower case letters, etc. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 160K.

  House for Sale Ads: Group writing project. Using adjectives and persuasive language to write Estate Agents' ads. Plans, OTs, links. Shared text PDF 84K

Rs/E2.3 Apply own life experience and knowledge to check out plausible meanings of a sentence as a whole when decoding unfamiliar words.

(a) understand that an unknown word must make sense in the context of the whole sentence and that this will rule out most alternatives

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updated April 07 (first uploaded 17/04/01) Adding suffixes er or ar to make nouns is a huge 15 page resource that has had a major facelift. Covers parts of speech (nouns and verbs), imperatives, spelling rules, words with more than one meaning, spelling strategies and much more. With extensive teaching notes, student aims sheet, and ideas for contextualisation and using as a multisensory resource. 150K

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Opposites (antonyms) - 4 worksheets (2 for E2-E3, 2 for E3-L1) that also help with reading, decoding, spelling and vocabulary. Ideal for class or homework. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk 4 pages. 40K

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Letter to Santa. Help your child choose presents and write a letter to Santa (great for family learning groups). Includes a cloze/writing frame. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. 4 pages. 70K

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Colours, Fruit and Clothes: 43 page booklet with 23 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word and sentence focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials & audio CDs Lit Unit 1 Lost & Found, ESOL Unit 3 Shopping, ESOL Unit 9 Shopping 2. Word searches and shapes, alphabetical order, upper-lower case letters, crosswords, word fills and matching games. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 450K.

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updated May 06 Word games and activities: In a Pickle! 1966 World Cup Victory. Who stole the World Cup? 29 page booklet with 14 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word, sentence and text focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials and audio CDs Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found. Word searches and shapes, punctuation, cloze exercises, mixed up sentences, upper-lower case letters, etc. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 160K.

PDF Keywords and Time: Read, write and order days of week, months, seasons, number words. Write cheques. Using calendars. Measurement of time (no. weeks in a year,  etc.). Number words quiz, cloze poems, reference sheets. 252K. 15 pages. EL1\2 (Lit and Num). Rs/E2.2 Rs/E2.3 (a).

Rs/E2.4 Use Punctuation and capitalisation to aid understanding.

(a) understand that different punctuation marks are used for different purposes and know their names: full stop, question and exclamation marks for end of sentence

(b) understand that this punctuation serves to help the reader make sense of written text, and apply this understanding in their own reading

(c) understand that all end-of-sentence markers are followed by an initial capital in continuous text written in complete sentences

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Question Marks is an interactive PPT with type in boxes (great with a cordless keyboard). Each page provides a separate task - ideal for groups or pairs. From Jennifer Baines j.baines@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Zipped PPT. 7 screens. 120K

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Nouns - what you need to know! Clear PPT gives straightforward explanations and examples of common, collective and proper nouns. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk 10 slides. Zipped PPT 350K.

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Entry Level punctuation cards for a variety of multisensory games, matching activities and challenges. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk 4 pages. 130K.
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Punctuation cards is a fabulous multi-sensory punctuation game. 8 large cards to laminate plus teaching ideas. Great for mixed ability classes. From Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 9 pages. 300K.

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The Importance of Punctuation useful handout with definitions and examples of common punctuation marks (for E2-L1), a really clever and fun re-writing exercise, cloze exercise, comprehension and more. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. 8 pages. 90K. 

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Nouns is a wonderful 22 screen PowerPoint all about common and proper nouns, and when to use capital letters.  Contributed by Imogen Stewart, Stafford College, i.stewart@staffordcoll.ac.uk who was inspired to create this 'virtual shopping bag' resource by Jo Williams' 'Shopping Bag Capital Letters' and Margaret Lagoyianni's 'Capital Letters'. Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 320K.

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Shopping Bag Capital Letters is a really refreshing way to introduce or reinforce previous work on capital letters. 3 pages. 64K. Contributed by Jo Williams, jlwilliams@talk21.com who adapted the idea from Margaret Lagoyianni's 'We need capital letters'.

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updated May 06 Word games and activities: In a Pickle! 1966 World Cup Victory. Who stole the World Cup? 29 page booklet with 14 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word, sentence and text focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials and audio CDs Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found. Word searches and shapes, punctuation, cloze exercises, mixed up sentences, upper-lower case letters, etc. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 160K.


Reading – Entry Level 2 – Word Focus (Word Recognition, Vocabulary and Phonics)

Rw/E2.1 Read and understand words on forms related to personal information (e.g. first name, surname, address, postcode, age, date of birth)

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Use and understand forms. Match the words used on forms to their meanings (laminate to make a great re-usable game) and then practise your skills on the example forms. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com Lakelands School, Sports & Language College, Ellesmere. 5 pages. 50K

Rw/E2.2 Recognise high-frequency words and words with common spelling patterns

(a) read on sight high-frequency words

(b) read on sight personal key words

(c) know and use different techniques for learning to read words on sight, e.g. association, visual shape, and pattern context

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updated Multi-purpose card based resources for Entry level literacy and numeracy (first uploaded 31/10/2001). One of our most popular resources has now been given a facelift. Includes 'Follow Me' warm-up activity cards on ordering days, months and seasons - for group numeracy sessions (EL1-EL3), also suitable for Literacy (Reading levels E1-E3). Small cards for matching months/days to abbreviations or order. Larger cards for playing matching / sorting games /alphabetical ordering and spelling. Useful key word reference sheets connected to time and numbers. Cheque writing help. Match upper and lower case key words. With dozens of teaching ideas. Best printed on card or laminated. 17 pages. 85K.

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Tigger the Hunter is a wonderful, illustrated story written by Tracy Richardson, Level 1 Literacy learner at Henley College, Coventry. Contact through Robert Holt, Rholt@henley-cov.ac.uk, who suggests using this story with Entry 2 -3 learners for reading comprehension / reading in detail, recognising high frequency words, adjectives, phonics & decoding (especially consonant clusters). 6 double pages. 240K

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Drag and drop colour work sheets provide great reading, vocabulary and spelling practice for Entry ESOL & Literacy students. Plus practice in using a mouse, drag and drop, typing in spellings, etc. for Skills for Life ICT students.  Contributed by Cathy Barton, Glasgow Metropolitan College catherine.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk. 4 pages . 160K.

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What colour is it? Interactive worksheet with drop down menus to select the correct spelling. Great reading and spelling practice for Entry ESOL & Literacy students. Plus practice in using a mouse and drop down menus for Skills for Life ICT students.  Contributed by Cathy Barton, catherine.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk Glasgow Metropolitan College 2 pages. 160K

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'Work' vocabulary cards 27 pictures of different jobs and matching word cards - plus lots of teaching ideas for Entry 1and 2 literacy and ESOL classes.  Contributed by Laura Jeffrey Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk 6 pages. 200K.

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Adding -ing to verbs PowerPoint split into three sections: make no change, drop the 'e', short vowel - so double the consonant.  Great use of colour and graphics to cover this perennial spelling difficulty. Contributed by Brian Carruthers,  brian.carruthers@yahoo.co.uk Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 13 slides. 30K.
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Willy the super ant story from Margaret Adams Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk who wrote this story to help a dyslexic student distinguish between 'want' and 'what'.  Numbered 'cartoon' blanks for student to illustrate, plus introduction, story and background notes. 7 pages. 30K.

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100 Essential Words - 100 most common Dolch words, one word per slide (101 screens). Use as reading - spelling flash cards (could also use 'print - hand out' option if you want hard copies), informal spelling tests (not all at once!), etc. Contributed by Brian Carruthers,  brian.carruthers@yahoo.co.uk  Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 12K.

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Phonics sheets 1-6. Each page contains graphemes that can be worked on in one session (although this will  depend on the learners) in conjunction with other worksheets and texts (not provided here). Use to encourage learners to check over the phoneme/grapheme work each day. Letters which make the same phonemes are grouped together. At the bottom of most sheets there are also a couple of social sight words to be learnt at the same time. Contributed by Janet Whitfield (Warrington Collegiate) janetwhitfield@tinyworld.co.uk who has based these sheets on the THRASS system. Sheets are reproduced here with permission of THRASS UK www.thrass.co.uk and acknowledgement to the THRASS Picturechart.6 pages. 450K.

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Phonics sheets 7-12. Each page contains graphemes that can be worked on in one session (although this will  depend on the learners) in conjunction with other worksheets and texts (not provided here). Use to encourage learners to check over the phoneme/grapheme work each day. Letters which make the same phonemes are grouped together. At the bottom of most sheets there are also a couple of social sight words to be learnt at the same time. Contributed by Janet Whitfield (Warrington Collegiate) janetwhitfield@tinyworld.co.uk who has based these sheets on the THRASS system. Sheets are reproduced here with permission of THRASS UK www.thrass.co.uk and acknowledgement to the THRASS Picturechart.6 pages. 300K.

PDF Wonderful practice for Entry 1 and 2 readers and spellers. Two short stories - one based on _oan, _one, _own words; one on _oa_ and _o_e.  Other word endings covered include _ice, _ash and _ack. Plus comprehension questions, spelling practice, cloze sentences, and wordsearch.  Contributed by Margaret Wingrove, Basic skills lecturer in literacy and IT, Milton Keynes.

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Colours, Fruit and Clothes: 43 page booklet with 23 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word and sentence focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials & audio CDs Lit Unit 1 Lost & Found, ESOL Unit 3 Shopping, ESOL Unit 9 Shopping 2. Word searches and shapes, alphabetical order, upper-lower case letters, crosswords, word fills and matching games. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 450K.

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updated May 06 Word games and activities: In a Pickle! 1966 World Cup Victory. Who stole the World Cup? 29 page booklet with 14 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word, sentence and text focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials and audio CDs Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found. Word searches and shapes, punctuation, cloze exercises, mixed up sentences, upper-lower case letters, etc. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 160K.

PDF Keywords and Time: Read, write and order days of week, months, seasons, number words. Write cheques. Using calendars. Measurement of time (no. weeks in a year,  etc.). Number words quiz, cloze poems, reference sheets. 252K. 15 pages. EL1\2 (Lit and Num). Rs/E2.2 Rs/E2.3 (a).

Rw/E2.3 use phonic and graphic knowledge to decode words

(a) understand that the meaning of individual words can often be deduced from surrounding context, using own life knowledge and experience as a guide

(b) understand that knowledge of sound and letter correspondence can be applied alongside these contextual clues to help decode words, e.g. use of initial phonemes / letters
(c) understand that the same sound (phoneme) can be spelt in more than one way and that the same spelling (grapheme) can represent more than one sound
(d) reinforce and extend knowledge of sound–letter patterns in simple words with common spelling patterns
(e) understand that some words can be split into specific parts, and recognise the parts, including compound words, prefixes, suffixes, inflectional endings, plurals, e.g. playground, replay, playful, playing, played, plays
(f) understand how each beat in a word is a syllable and breaking some words into syllables can help decode them, e.g. family

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2007-08 Premiership and Championship football team cards for alphabetical ordering and/or reading practice. Simple but popular and useful resource that can be quickly differentiated for different levels by removing multiple teams beginning with same letter, working with all cards or just premiership cards, etc. Best enlarged to A3 and laminated. 1 page. 44 cards. 30K. )

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Homographs has a clear handout about 'bat' and a practice sheet on 'bow' and 'scales'. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk 2 pages. 120K

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updated Sounds the same as (first uploaded 18/02/04). Interactive worksheet to complete on-screen. Select the matching rhyming word from drop down menus. Contributed by Billy Count, Abingdon & Witney College. Thank you Billy. 40K

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Tigger the Hunter is a wonderful, illustrated story written by Tracy Richardson, Level 1 Literacy learner at Henley College, Coventry. Contact through Robert Holt, Rholt@henley-cov.ac.uk, who suggests using this story with Entry 2 -3 learners for reading comprehension / reading in detail, recognising high frequency words, adjectives, phonics & decoding (especially consonant clusters). 6 double pages. 240K

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Charlie's Mum Crossword to accompany Vicky Maltby's 'A Gift for Charlie's Mum' (still available) which focuses on consonant digraphs th ch and sh. Contributed by Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 2 pages. 40K

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Initial consonant cluster - squ read the story, highlight and practice writing the words, and then complete a crossword. Another set of excellent phonics activities from Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 7 pages. 310K Note: please exercise professional judgment and know your learner before using this resource (as some learners may consider it childish) which is intended to be delivered with humour and was originally used in a one to one situation.

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updated April 07 (first uploaded 17/04/01) Adding suffixes er or ar to make nouns is a huge 15 page resource that has had a major facelift. Covers parts of speech (nouns and verbs), imperatives, spelling rules, words with more than one meaning, spelling strategies and much more. With extensive teaching notes, student aims sheet, and ideas for contextualisation and using as a multisensory resource. 150K

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Initial consonant clusters - 3 (dr, pr, gr, tr) 48 word and matching 'picture clue' cards - with detailed teaching ideas'. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 7 pages. 520K

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Consonant clusters Crossword (dr, tr, pr, gr) 3makes a great follow up activity to the word and picture cards activity (above). Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 2 pages. 40K

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Vowels - recognising and using long and short vowels. Great for reading and spelling. The 'fill in the vowels' exercise also helps with basic grammar and sense. Contributed by Karen. 2 pages. 15K.

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Initial consonant clusters - 1 (sc, sm, sp, st) 'phonic strip' listening activity followed by a crossword. Further related activities available below. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 4 pages. 150K

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Initial consonant clusters - 2 (sc, sm, sp, st, sl, sn) 36 word and matching 'picture clue' cards - with detailed teaching ideas. Further related activities available below. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 5 pages. 300K

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Initial consonant clusters - sc, sm, sp, st Interactive worksheet with drop down menus to select the correct word /spelling. 15 cloze sentences. to accompany related activities available above. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 1 page. 60K

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Initial consonant clusters - sc, sm, sp, st spelling quiz to be used on screen (could also be printed out). Plus useful practice in using a mouse, typing in spellings, etc. for Skills for Life ICT students. 13 pages, 12 spellings. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 300K

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 Yesterday's World text (about an attraction in Sussex) and related phonics activities (based on the two sounds of the digraph /th/). Includes word sorting, cloze, crossword.  Originally written for a mixed level Literacy and ESOL group. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 6 pages. 80K

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'Work' vocabulary cards 27 pictures of different jobs and matching word cards - plus lots of teaching ideas for Entry 1and 2 literacy and ESOL classes.  Contributed by Laura Jeffrey Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk 6 pages. 200K.

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The Fright of my Life is a scary story for Entry 2 - with focused comprehension and phonics ( particularly the 'long I' phoneme) activities that can be used for individual or small group work.  Contributed by Emma Parkin, Pecan Ltd, Peckham. Emma.Parkin@pecan.org.uk 5 pages. 35K.

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Creating a cinquain is a great way to introduce poetry whilst reinforcing essential grammar, spelling, presentation and handwriting skills. Includes teaching ideas, example poem, planner. Contributed by Fay Middleton, Adult Community Learning Unit, Sheffield City Council. Fay.Middleton@sheffield.gov.uk 5 pages. 60K.

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Letter sounds covers many common phonemes (initial consonants, vowel and consonant digraphs) and blends. Look at and say the letter sound then click to see a related picture and spelling. From Laurence Fletcher Wolverhampton City College / Adult Education Service. laurencebrc@yahoo.com Zipped PowerPoint file. 47 screens. 185K

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Long 'e' phonics sheets (in words with 'ee' or 'ea'). Lots of ideas for differentiation in this fabulous 14 page resource that includes: cards / worksheets for decoding words, spelling, recognising final consonant phonemes, matching rhyming words, identifying homophones such as 'meet' and 'meat', and writing short poems. From Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 14 pages. 800K.

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Syllables - the job they do. Great introduction to syllables: how to use them to help with spelling and reading. Contributed by Brian Carruthers,  brian.carruthers@yahoo.co.uk Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 10 screens. 12K.
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The silent 'e' wonderful 11 screen PowerPoint with lots of examples and discussion points. Contributed by Imogen Stewart, Stafford College, i.stewart@staffordcoll.ac.uk who adapted it from a PowerPoint on the Camesldale School site. Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 650K.

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Practice with sh or ch another great interactive word worksheet from Margaret Adams (Brighton University and the Kenward Trust) uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Select the correct sh or ch word from the drop down menus to complete the sentences. 1 page. 30K NOTE: to use this worksheet interactively you must click on the padlock icon (in the 'forms' toolbar).

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Sh or Ch criss cross word puzzle to practice reading and spelling these two consonant digraphs. Contributed by Margaret Adams (Brighton University and the Kenward Trust) uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 1 page. 15

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Phonics sheets 1-6. Each page contains graphemes that can be worked on in one session (although this will  depend on the learners) in conjunction with other worksheets and texts (not provided here). Use to encourage learners to check over the phoneme/grapheme work each day. Letters which make the same phonemes are grouped together. At the bottom of most sheets there are also a couple of social sight words to be learnt at the same time. Contributed by Janet Whitfield (Warrington Collegiate) janetwhitfield@tinyworld.co.uk who has based these sheets on the THRASS system. Sheets are reproduced here with permission of THRASS UK www.thrass.co.uk and acknowledgement to the THRASS Picturechart.6 pages. 450K.

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Phonics sheets 7-12. Each page contains graphemes that can be worked on in one session (although this will  depend on the learners) in conjunction with other worksheets and texts (not provided here). Use to encourage learners to check over the phoneme/grapheme work each day. Letters which make the same phonemes are grouped together. At the bottom of most sheets there are also a couple of social sight words to be learnt at the same time. Contributed by Janet Whitfield (Warrington Collegiate) janetwhitfield@tinyworld.co.uk who has based these sheets on the THRASS system. Sheets are reproduced here with permission of THRASS UK www.thrass.co.uk and acknowledgement to the THRASS Picturechart.6 pages. 300K.

PDF Homographs. A great handout to help with spelling and 'working out the meaning of unfamiliar words'. Contributed by Penny Halliday, Oxford Brookes PGCE student and volunteer literacy tutor, pen.halliday@btinternet.com. 3 pages. 200K
PDF Wonderful practice for Entry 1 and 2 readers and spellers. Two short stories - one based on _oan, _one, _own words; one on _oa_ and _o_e.  Other word endings covered include _ice, _ash and _ack. Plus comprehension questions, spelling practice, cloze sentences, and wordsearch.  Contributed by Margaret Wingrove, Basic skills lecturer in literacy and IT, Milton Keynes.

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Colours, Fruit and Clothes: 43 page booklet with 23 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word and sentence focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials & audio CDs Lit Unit 1 Lost & Found, ESOL Unit 3 Shopping, ESOL Unit 9 Shopping 2. Word searches and shapes, alphabetical order, upper-lower case letters, crosswords, word fills and matching games. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 450K.

PDF Adjective Games and Spellings: huge selection of word and sentence level games, starters and worksheets. Use independently or with text level work on descriptive writing such as our House Ads lesson plan. Spelling worksheets (suffixes), useful OHT for group discussion. Adjective wheel game. Noun paired game. 'Mood or  description?' worksheet. Dictionary, thesaurus, sentence work. E2-L2. 170K. 17 pages.
PDF Prefix game with instructions, game cards, prompts. Prefix spelling rules - includes useful OT. Take a look at the group lesson plan  before downloading the PDF. Plus prefix worksheets for E2/E3 and a non-scary spelling test (E2-L2) with answer sheets. 11 pages. 86K (d) (e)
PDF Adding Suffixes to words ending in a silent E (split digraph). Vowel and consonant suffixes. Spelling rules and exceptions, fill in charts, look for silent e base words, suffix worksheets, record sheets, add your own suffixes, other activities, web links. 170K (16 pages) (d) (e)

Rw/E2.4 Use a simplified dictionary to find the meaning of unfamiliar  words

(a) understand the function of dictionaries

(b) understand that dictionaries are organised alphabetically

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Colours, Fruit and Clothes: 43 page booklet with 23 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word and sentence focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials & audio CDs Lit Unit 1 Lost & Found, ESOL Unit 3 Shopping, ESOL Unit 9 Shopping 2. Word searches and shapes, alphabetical order, upper-lower case letters, crosswords, word fills and matching games. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 450K.

Rw/E2.5 Use initial to find and sequence words in alphabetical order.

(a) understand that you do not have to start at the beginning of a list or dictionary.

(b) use the initial letter to locate the starting point quickly

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2007-08 Premiership and Championship football team cards for alphabetical ordering and/or reading practice. Simple but popular and useful resource that can be quickly differentiated for different levels by removing multiple teams beginning with same letter, working with all cards or just premiership cards, etc. Best enlarged to A3 and laminated. 1 page. 44 cards. 30K. )

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updated Multi-purpose card based resources for Entry level literacy and numeracy (first uploaded 31/10/2001). One of our most popular resources has now been given a facelift. Includes 'Follow Me' warm-up activity cards on ordering days, months and seasons - for group numeracy sessions (EL1-EL3), also suitable for Literacy (Reading levels E1-E3). Small cards for matching months/days to abbreviations or order. Larger cards for playing matching / sorting games /alphabetical ordering and spelling. Useful key word reference sheets connected to time and numbers. Cheque writing help. Match upper and lower case key words. With dozens of teaching ideas. Best printed on card or laminated. 17 pages. 85K. Rw/E1.1 Rw/E1.3 Rw/E2.2 Rw/E2.5 Rw/E3.4 Ww/E1.1 Ww/E2.1 MSS1/E1.2 MSS1/E2.3 MSS1/E3.3 N1/E1.2 N1/E1.3 N1/E2.2.

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Supermarket floor plan. Multi-sensory alphabetical ordering activity that is bound to provoke lots of discussion! Contributed by Jennifer Williamson, Juniper Training, Wolverhampton jennifer.williamson@junipertraining.co.uk 3 pages. 35K

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Alphabetical order resources - wonderful multi-sensory games and activities for Entry level students (and higher level students with dyslexia). Contributed by Moira Garland m.garland@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. 7 pages. 180K.

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Entry Alphabet Activities. A super, graded set of activities for E1-E3. Start by matching letters, then move on to fill in worksheets and ordering towns alphabetically.  Contributed by Margaret Adams (Brighton University and the Kenward Trust) uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 7 pages. 40K.

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Colours, Fruit and Clothes: 43 page booklet with 23 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word and sentence focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials & audio CDs Lit Unit 1 Lost & Found, ESOL Unit 3 Shopping, ESOL Unit 9 Shopping 2. Word searches and shapes, alphabetical order, upper-lower case letters, crosswords, word fills and matching games. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 450K.

PDF Recycling Game and related resources / ideas for Entry Level 1/2. Many thanks to the Vale of White Horse District Council http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/ who gave permission for the reproduction of pages 3, 9, 10, 11 of this resource. Reading games and activities based on a theme of recycling. Use independently or with SfL learner materials Entry 2, Unit 3: The Issue). 11 pages. 240k.

Writing –  Entry Level 2 – Text Focus (Writing composition)

Wt/E2.1 Use written words and phrases to record or present information.

(a) understand the concept of 'fitness for purpose' in composition - that the writer selects the best  organisation and style for the context, audience and purpose. e.g. continuous text / chart /numbered points

(b) understand that, if a compound sentence has too many bits added on, the reader will not be able to follow the sense.

(c) know some common conjunctions e.g. and, but, or, as.

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Preposition flashcards 49 slides to use as needed for spelling and vocabulary practice with ESOL and Literacy students. Could also be printed out (for example, 6 to a page) and used as traditional card flashcards. Contributed by Bena, bena@sellyoak.bham.sch.uk  Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 49 slides. 600K.

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It could be you! Great Entry level lottery activity that involves deciding how you are going to spend the money. Structured, with fill-in boxes for expenditure etc.  Contributed by Anne Hodgson, Beechwood College for young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Aspergers Syndrome. anne.hodgson@beechwoodcollege.co.uk 3 pages. 120K. Covers many Entry Level elements inc: recording information, using a calculator to add & subtract money.

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Letter to Santa. Help your child choose presents and write a letter to Santa (great for family learning groups). Includes a cloze/writing frame. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. 4 pages. 70K

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Creating a cinquain is a great way to introduce poetry whilst reinforcing essential grammar, spelling, presentation and handwriting skills. Includes teaching ideas, example poem, planner. Contributed by Fay Middleton, Adult Community Learning Unit, Sheffield City Council. Fay.Middleton@sheffield.gov.uk 5 pages. 60K.

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Favourite things bingo game provides valuable practice in asking and answering questions for Milestone 7 upwards and makes a great icebreaker. Contributed by Alison Murray, Havering Adult College alison.murray4@ntlworld.com  3 pages. 150K.

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Writing frame 3. Directions. Three step by step writing frames take the learner through planning to the final draft. Page 1 has a checklist with the key features and suggestions for setting out directions in a clear and logical manner. Page 2 includes line guides and brief hints, and page 3 is for the final polished version. 3 pages. 50K. 

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Writing frame 2. A favourite recipe. Three step by step writing frames take the learner through planning to the final draft. Page 1 has a checklist with the key features and suggestions for setting out a favourite recipe. Page 2 includes line guides only and page 3 is blank for the final polished version. 3 pages. 90K.

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A gift for Charlie's Mum. Wonderful comprehension exercise written especially to practice reading consonant digraphs. 3 pages. 21K. Contributed by Vicky Maltby, Hammersmith and Fulham Adult Education Service, VAVMaltby@aol.com who suggests this resource is used in conjunction with Karen White's consonant digraph worksheet

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Storyboards hand drawn by June Mill, Community  Education. East Yorkshire. 5 boards - shopping, holidays, swimming, getting-up and Bank Robbery! They can be cut up, muddled and re-sequenced; simple sentences written out to match with pictures; sentences written in the present to be changed to past tense (ESOL); write sentences then join with conjunctions e.g. then, next; or as oral conversation starters. 6 pages. 140K.

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Writing Frames 1: planning, drafting and writing Estate Agents Ads. Use with our other descriptive writing resources. 3 pages. 40K.


Writing –  Entry Level 2 – Sentence Focus (Grammar and Punctuation)

Ws/E2.1 Construct simple and compound sentences, using common conjunctions to connect two clauses (e.g. as, but, and).

(a) understand that simple sentences can be combined to make compound sentences by using conjunctions

(b) understand that, if a compound sentence has too many bits added on, the reader will not be able to follow the sense.

(c) know some common conjunctions e.g. and, but, or, as.

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Pancake day literacy and numeracy activities. Two pancake texts to read, questions to answer, recipes to re-size (simple ratios) and instructions to match and order. Wonderful topical work for Entry 2 to Level 1. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. 6 pages. 70K

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Conjunctions exercise also makes a good starting point for discussion on how different conjunctions alter the meaning of a sentence. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 2 pages. 25K.

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Suffix spelling rules (1) useful worksheet  for practising adding -ing. Contributed by Brian Carruthers,  brian.carruthers@yahoo.co.uk who suggests that this resource after his Adding -ing to verbs PPT 2 pages. 20K.

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Discovering sentences is another amazing PowerPoint from Jennifer Baines j.baines@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Something here for all levels: information, examples and onscreen activities cover a host of topics inc: simple, compound and complex sentences; punctuation; question words; coordinating and subordinating conjunctions; formal letter writing; topic and concluding sentences; a handy 'Is it a sentence?' checklist, structuring an argument, linking paragraphs. Also great for teacher reference. Zipped PowerPoint file. 27 screens. 450K

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Storyboards hand drawn by June Mill, Community  Education. East Yorkshire. Thank you June. 5 boards - shopping, holidays, swimming, getting-up and Bank Robbery! They can be cut up, muddled and re-sequenced; simple sentences written out to match with pictures; sentences written in the present to be changed to past tense (ESOL); write sentences then join with conjunctions e.g. then, next; or as oral conversation starters. 6 pages. 140K.

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updated May 06 Word games and activities: In a Pickle! 1966 World Cup Victory. Who stole the World Cup? 29 page booklet with 14 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word, sentence and text focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials and audio CDs Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found. Word searches and shapes, punctuation, cloze exercises, mixed up sentences, upper-lower case letters, etc. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 160K.

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Dictation sheet based on words with silent letters and words with double consonants (and complete simple sentences). 2 pages. 28K.

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Describing people - cloze and quiz focusing on key words (colours and clothes). Linked to the SfL Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found. Cloze 1  - select correct words to describe people. Quiz 1 -'Who am I'. Fill-in - students write their own sentences. Teaching tips and illustrated key word help page.

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Ws/E2.2 Use adjectives

(a) understand that adjectives extend the information in sentences, by providing some detail about a noun

(b) understand that adjectives help the writer to describe people, feelings, places, situations, objects in more detail

(c) understand that the choice of adjectives can often convey a writer’s attitude

(d) know and use the term adjective

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Quick diagnostic test to assess students' knowledge of 'parts of speech'.  Very useful and also makes a good launching point for work on sentence structure. Contributed by Jim Gourlay, Sheffield College Jim.Gourlay@sheffcol.ac.uk 1 page. 20K.

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Tigger the Hunter is a wonderful, illustrated story written by Tracy Richardson, Level 1 Literacy learner at Henley College, Coventry. Contact through Robert Holt, Rholt@henley-cov.ac.uk, who suggests using this story with Entry 2 -3 learners for reading comprehension / reading in detail, recognising high frequency words, adjectives, phonics & decoding (especially consonant clusters). 6 double pages. 240K

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Opposites (antonyms) - 4 worksheets (2 for E2-E3, 2 for E3-L1) that also help with reading, decoding, spelling and vocabulary. Ideal for class or homework. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk 4 pages. 40K

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Describing people provides individual and paired work using adjectives in written and spoken descriptions (appearance and personality). Contributed by Laura Jeffrey Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 2 pages. 15K.

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Adjectives cloze v2 exercise to be used in conjunction with the accompanying PowerPoint (below). Contributed by Moira Garland m.garland@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. 2 pages. 150K. Please note this resource is adapted from an original worksheet by Emma Scotland.

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Adjective cloze PowerPoint makes a great group starter and can be followed by the accompanying printable worksheet (see above). Contributed by Moira Garland m.garland@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. 1 screen. Zipped PPT file. 85K. Please note this resource is adapted from an original worksheet by Emma Scotland.

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Creating a cinquain is a great way to introduce poetry whilst reinforcing essential grammar, spelling, presentation and handwriting skills. Includes teaching ideas, example poem, planner. Contributed by Fay Middleton, Adult Community Learning Unit, Sheffield City Council. Fay.Middleton@sheffield.gov.uk 5 pages. 60K.

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Happy Holidays is a 14 screen presentation that was used and created during a series of 8 x 2 hour lessons. DO NOT USE IT ALL AT ONCE - and please read the notes underneath each slide! Start by looking at postcards. Then learn about compound words and write a group postcard (followed by individual ones). Move on to look at adjectives and the persuasive language of holiday advertisements (inc. working out unfamiliar vocabulary) and finish by writing your own hotel adverts. Please also download the related PDF file (below) which includes writing frames, planners and posters. Zipped PPT 600K.

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Happy Holidays extra resources is to accompany the Happy Holidays PowerPoint (above and includes 'footsteps to good writing', classroom poster or handout, planner, adjective wheel worksheet, 2 shared texts, and 3 writing frames along with plenty of teaching ideas and curriculum links. Again, DO NOT USE IT ALL AT ONCE. 15 pages 200K.

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Adjectives an interesting introduction to adjectives ending in -ed and -ing (also useful for spelling). contributed by Brian Carruthers,  brian.carruthers@yahoo.co.uk Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 14 slides. 12K.

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Adjective cloze exercise - lovely picture cloze exercise for E2-E3. Contributed by Emma Scotland, Bradford Council, emma.scotland@bradford.gov.uk 2 pages. 140K.

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Animal Descriptions a speaking and listening card game / warm-up activity for Entry 2-3 Literacy. Linked to Entry level descriptive writing and work on adjectives. With differentiation ideas for preEntry and Levels 1-2. Should be printed in colour and laminated. 5 pages.

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Writing Frames Set 1: planning, drafting and writing Estate Agents Ads. Use with our other descriptive writing resources. 3 pages. 40K.

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Updated Descriptive Non Fiction Texts: tutor notes, curriculum links, student hand-out (L1/2) about objective v subjective (persuasive) descriptions, reading activity on fact and opinion (in Estate Agent ads) with fill-in sheet, lots of writing ideas. This resource makes a good companion to our House Ads OHT and shared text, and our group or individual writing projects and our Writing Frames 1. Originally used for a class writing project (using adjectives) in Jan 2002. E2-L2. 5 pages. 87K.

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Updated Chomwell Green OHT - in Word format for shared group writing. Originally used for a class writing project (using adjectives) in Jan 2002. We have updated the font and the cost of the house! 

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Colours, Fruit and Clothes: 43 page booklet with 23 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word and sentence focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials & audio CDs Lit Unit 1 Lost & Found, ESOL Unit 3 Shopping, ESOL Unit 9 Shopping 2. Word searches and shapes, alphabetical order, upper-lower case letters, crosswords, word fills and matching games. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 450K.

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Describing people fill-in focuses on key words (colours and clothes). Linked to the SfL Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found. Students write their own sentences. Teaching tips and illustrated key word help page.

QUIZ 1 'Who am I?' quiz focuses on key words (colours and clothes). Linked to the SfL Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found. Quiz 1 -.
CLOZE 1 Describing people cloze select correct words to describe people. Focuses on key words (colours and clothes). Linked to the SfL Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found.
PDF  Adjectives - a describing game with associated worksheets and activities. A great game that also helps speaking and listening skills. Ws/E2.2. 33K, 2 pages.  Contributed by Hilary Scotton, Sutton College. hilary.scotton@virgin.net.
  House for Sale Ads: Individual projects Descriptive / Persuasive writing. Lesson plan, links and samples of students' work. Writing on PC –  spellchecker, etc.
  House for Sale Ads: Group writing project Using adjectives and persuasive language to write Estate Agents' ads. Plans,  Overhead Transparency and curriculum links.
PDF Adjective Games and Spellings: huge selection of word and sentence level games including Sherbet lemons, starters and worksheets. Use independently or with text level work on descriptive writing such as our House Ads lesson plan. Spelling worksheets (suffixes), useful OHT for group discussion. Adjective wheel game. Noun paired game. 'Mood or  description?' worksheet. Dictionary, thesaurus, sentence work. E2-L2. 170K. 17 pages.
Note: Since writing Adjective games and spellings in 2002 I have updated some of the sherbet lemon resources They are now available below but please refer to the original PDF for instructions and teaching ideas.
 PDF SHERBET LEMON UPDATE includes: a new OHT (un-mask slowly from top to bottom as you ask learners to describe each feature), a teaching review sheet (used when I did a 'Sherbet Lemon micro-teach'), lesson objectives and an updated student fill-in worksheet. (4 pages. 210K)

Ws/E2.3 Use punctuation correctly (e.g. full stops, capital letters and question marks).

(a) understand that capital letters and end-of-sentence punctuation cannot be used arbitrarily, but must mark the grammatical boundaries of a complete sentence

(b) understand that that punctuation is best thought about at the stage of composition and included as the sentences are put down, rather than added form scratch at the end

(c) understand that questions are sentences that have a different word order from straightforward statements

(d) understand that question marks signal to the reader that the sentence is asking a question

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Question Marks is an interactive PPT with type in boxes (great with a cordless keyboard). Each page provides a separate task - ideal for groups or pairs. From Jennifer Baines j.baines@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Zipped PPT. 7 screens. 120K

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Entry Level punctuation cards for a variety of multisensory games, matching activities and challenges. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk 4 pages. 130K
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Punctuation cards is a fabulous multi-sensory punctuation game. 8 large cards to laminate plus teaching ideas. Great for mixed ability classes. From Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 9 pages. 300K.

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The Importance of Punctuation useful handout with definitions and examples of common punctuation marks (for E2-L1), a really clever and fun re-writing exercise, cloze exercise, comprehension and more. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. 8 pages. 90K. 

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Nouns is a wonderful 22 screen PowerPoint all about common and proper nouns, and when to use capital letters.  Contributed by Imogen Stewart, Stafford College, i.stewart@staffordcoll.ac.uk who was inspired to create this 'virtual shopping bag' resource by Jo Williams' 'Shopping Bag Capital Letters' and Margaret Lagoyianni's 'Capital Letters'. Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 320K.

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Shopping Bag Capital Letters is a really refreshing way to introduce or reinforce previous work on capital letters. 3 pages. 64K. Contributed by Jo Williams, jlwilliams@talk21.com who adapted the idea from Margaret Lagoyianni's 'We need capital letters' (below).

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We need to use CAPITAL LETTERS. Wonderful handout and series of differentiated worksheets for E1-L1. With topical news items, work related activities and full curriculum links. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni,margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. 8 pages. 44K.

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updated May 06 Word games and activities: In a Pickle! 1966 World Cup Victory. Who stole the World Cup? 29 page booklet with 14 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word, sentence and text focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials and audio CDs Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found. Word searches and shapes, punctuation, cloze exercises, mixed up sentences, upper-lower case letters, etc. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 160K.

PDF Adjective Games and Spellings: huge selection of word and sentence level games, starters and worksheets. Use independently or with text level work on descriptive writing such as our House Ads lesson plan. Spelling worksheets (suffixes), useful OHT for group discussion. Adjective wheel game. Noun paired game. 'Mood or  description?' worksheet. Dictionary, thesaurus, sentence work. E2-L2. 170K. 17 pages.

Ws/E2.4 Use a capital letter for proper nouns

(a) understand what is meant by a proper noun

(b) understand the purpose of marking proper nouns by an initial capital

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Quick diagnostic test to assess students' knowledge of 'parts of speech'.  Very useful and also makes a good launching point for work on sentence structure. Contributed by Jim Gourlay, Sheffield College Jim.Gourlay@sheffcol.ac.uk 1 page. 20K.

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Nouns - what you need to know! Clear PPT gives straightforward explanations and examples of common, collective and proper nouns. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk 10 slides. Zipped PPT 350K.

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Entry Level punctuation cards for a variety of multisensory games, matching activities and challenges. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk 4 pages. 130K

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12 days of Christmas game is not what it seems - a great game that can be played any time of year to help students construct, punctuate and spell simple sentences. Kindly contributed by Jayne Elliott jayne@tapiochre.co.uk 1 page 26K.

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Punctuation cards is a fabulous multi-sensory punctuation game. 8 large cards to laminate plus teaching ideas. Great for mixed ability classes. From Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 9 pages. 300K.

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The Importance of Punctuation useful handout with definitions and examples of common punctuation marks (for E2-L1), a really clever and fun re-writing exercise, cloze exercise, comprehension and more. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. 8 pages. 90K. 

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Nouns is a wonderful 22 screen PowerPoint all about common and proper nouns, and when to use capital letters.  Contributed by Imogen Stewart, Stafford College, i.stewart@staffordcoll.ac.uk who was inspired to create this 'virtual shopping bag' resource by Jo Williams' 'Shopping Bag Capital Letters' and Margaret Lagoyianni's 'Capital Letters'. Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 320K.

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Shopping Bag Capital Letters is a really refreshing way to introduce or reinforce previous work on capital letters. 3 pages. 64K. Contributed by Jo Williams, jlwilliams@talk21.com who adapted the idea from Margaret Lagoyianni's 'We need capital letters' (below).

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We need to use CAPITAL LETTERS. Wonderful handout and series of differentiated worksheets for E1-L1. With topical news items, work related activities and full curriculum links. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni,margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. 8 pages. 44K.

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updated May 06 Word games and activities: In a Pickle! 1966 World Cup Victory. Who stole the World Cup? 29 page booklet with 14 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word, sentence and text focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials and audio CDs Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found. Word searches and shapes, punctuation, cloze exercises, mixed up sentences, upper-lower case letters, etc. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 160K.


Writing –  Entry Level 2 – Word Focus (Spelling and Handwriting)

Ww/E2.1 Spell correctly the majority of personal details and familiar common words such as months of the year, numbers to 20.

(a) understand that for most people spelling has to be learnt
(b) understand that all learners need a range of strategies but that some work better for some people than others
(c) understand that not all spellings can be worked out from the sound of the word; visual strategies are needed as well
(d) understand that looking carefully at letter patterns when reading helps remember the spelling for writing
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updated Multi-purpose card based resources for Entry level literacy and numeracy (first uploaded 31/10/2001). One of our most popular resources has now been given a facelift. Includes 'Follow Me' warm-up activity cards on ordering days, months and seasons - for group numeracy sessions (EL1-EL3), also suitable for Literacy (Reading levels E1-E3). Small cards for matching months/days to abbreviations or order. Larger cards for playing matching / sorting games /alphabetical ordering and spelling. Useful key word reference sheets connected to time and numbers. Cheque writing help. Match upper and lower case key words. With dozens of teaching ideas. Best printed on card or laminated. 17 pages. 85K.

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Homographs has a clear handout about 'bat' and a practice sheet on 'bow' and 'scales'. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk 2 pages. 120K

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Drag and drop colour work sheets provide great reading, vocabulary and spelling practice for Entry ESOL & Literacy students. Plus practice in using a mouse, drag and drop, typing in spellings, etc. for Skills for Life ICT students.  Contributed by Cathy Barton, Glasgow Metropolitan College catherine.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk. 4 pages . 160K.

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What colour is it? Interactive worksheet with drop down menus to select the correct spelling. Great reading and spelling practice for Entry ESOL & Literacy students. Plus practice in using a mouse and drop down menus for Skills for Life ICT students.  Contributed by Cathy Barton, catherine.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk Glasgow Metropolitan College 2 pages. 160K

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Words from Happy Christmas. Timeless spelling and vocabulary game with answer grid and sample answers. Contributed by Lorraine Halley lorrhalley@aol.com 2 pages. 60K.

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12 days of Christmas game is not what it seems - a great game that can be played any time of year to help students construct, punctuate and spell simple sentences. Kindly contributed by Jayne Elliott jayne@tapiochre.co.uk 1 page 26K.

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Spelling mnemonics is a huge list collected by Stella Jales (Wiltshire College) and her students. Includes spellings for all levels (from 'said' to 'accommodation'). Contributed jalesa@wiltscoll.ac.uk 3 pages. 50K.

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'Work' vocabulary cards 27 pictures of different jobs and matching word cards - plus lots of teaching ideas for Entry 1and 2 literacy and ESOL classes.  Contributed by Laura Jeffrey Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk 6 pages. 200K.

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Adjectives cloze v2 exercise to be used in conjunction with the accompanying PowerPoint (below). Contributed by Moira Garland m.garland@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. 2 pages. 150K. Please note this resource is adapted from an original worksheet by Emma Scotland.

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Adjective cloze PowerPoint makes a great group starter and can be followed by the accompanying printable worksheet (see above). Contributed by Moira Garland m.garland@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. 1 screen. Zipped PPT file. 85K. Please note this resource is adapted from an original worksheet by Emma Scotland.

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Spelling Tips PowerPoint makes a great introduction to spelling and spelling strategies. Great use of colour and many examples cover: Look, say, cover, write, check; mnemonics; spelling rules, syllables, letter strings and more. Contributed by Brian Carruthers,  brian.carruthers@yahoo.co.uk  Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 16 slides. 40K. 

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20 spelling mnemonics - old favourites such as 'Big Elephants can always understand small elephants' (because) along with lots of new ones! Pick one or two to cover each week - something here for all levels from key Dolch words such as hear and could through to 'parliament' and 'accommodation'. Contributed by Brian Carruthers,  brian.carruthers@yahoo.co.uk Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 20 slides. 190K
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Willy the super ant story from Margaret Adams Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk who wrote this story to help a dyslexic student distinguish between 'want' and 'what'.  Numbered 'cartoon' blanks for student to illustrate, plus introduction, story and background notes. 7 pages. 30K.

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100 Essential Words - 100 most common Dolch words, one word per slide (101 screens). Use as reading - spelling flash cards (could also use 'print - hand out' option if you want hard copies), informal spelling tests (not all at once!), etc. Contributed by Brian Carruthers,  brian.carruthers@yahoo.co.uk  Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 12K.

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Spelling strategies - an excellent mind map summarising spelling strategies, useful for revision and prompting discussion with E2 -L2 learners. Contributed by Joy Collins, New College, Telford. Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file (1 screen). 130K.

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Adjective cloze exercise - lovely picture cloze exercise for E2-E3. Contributed by Emma Scotland, Bradford Council, emma.scotland@bradford.gov.uk 2 pages. 140K.

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Two great mindmaps for visual / picture thinkers. One shows you how to mindmap, the other summarises spelling strategies. Contributed by Nikki Brown, additional support tutor from Cornwall College, St Austell nikki.brown@st-austell.ac.uk. Thank you Nikki. 3 pages. 80K.

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This Look, Say, Cover, Imagine, Write, Check form can help students (any level) improve and practise their spelling. This replaces the original html version which first appeared on our site three years ago! 4 pages - with instructions and tips. 2 pages for right handed learners, two for lefties.

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Colours, Clothes, Fruit: 43 page booklet with 23 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word and sentence focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials & audio CDs Lit Unit 1 Lost & Found, ESOL Unit 3 Shopping, ESOL Unit 9 Shopping 2. Word searches and shapes, alphabetical order, upper-lower case letters, crosswords, word fills and matching games. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 450K.

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updated May 06 Word games and activities: In a Pickle! 1966 World Cup Victory. Who stole the World Cup? 29 page booklet with 14 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word, sentence and text focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials and audio CDs Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found. Word searches and shapes, punctuation, cloze exercises, mixed up sentences, upper-lower case letters, etc. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 160K.

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Food word shapes worksheet, answer sheet, word cards for printing on card or acetate, and other teaching ideas for E1/2 spelling. Ww/E1.1 Ww E2.1. 5 pages. 160K. (a) (b) (c) (d) 
Visit Keith's Home Page Online "Discloze" quizzes created by Chris Jackson at Manchester City college. Great for spelling practice. Drag the missing letters into the months of the year.
PDF Group 'Look Say Cover Write Check' spelling activities. Large days of the week to display on OHP in a new twist to this classic spelling strategy. Encompasses a wide variety of learning styles and is great for all Entry Level learners including students with non-specific learning difficulties, partial sight, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Includes full instructions, teaching ideas and OHT masters. 3 pages. 45K
PDF Keywords and Time: Read, write and order days of week, months, seasons, number words. Write cheques. Use calendars. Measurement of time (no. weeks in a year,  etc.). Number words quiz, cloze poems, reference sheets. 252K. 15 pages. Entry 1-2 (Lit and Num). (a) (b) (c) (d)

Ww/E2.2  use knowledge of sound–symbol relationships and phonological patterns (e.g. consonant clusters, vowel phonemes) to help work out correct spellings, as appropriate for needs of the learner

(a) understand that many words follow regular spelling patterns which correspond to certain sounds

(b) understand that it is possible to greatly reduce the chances of making random spelling errors by applying their knowledge of spelling patterns and rules

(c) understand that adding -s to nouns is a common way of indicating more than one, and know the term plural

(d) understand that –ed and –ing are common spellings at the end of words to show the past and present forms of verbs

(e) understand that some words can be split into parts to help spelling, e.g. compound words, words with prefixes or suffixes

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Charlie's Mum Crossword to accompany Vicky Maltby's 'A Gift for Charlie's Mum' (still available) which focuses on consonant digraphs th ch and sh. Contributed by Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 2 pages. 40K

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Initial consonant cluster - squ read the story, highlight and practice writing the words, and then complete a crossword. Another set of excellent phonics activities from Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 7 pages. 310K Note: please exercise professional judgment and know your learner before using this resource (as some learners may consider it childish) which is intended to be delivered with humour and was originally used in a one to one situation.

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updated April 07 (first uploaded 17/04/01) Adding suffixes er or ar to make nouns is a huge 15 page resource that has had a major facelift. Covers parts of speech (nouns and verbs), imperatives, spelling rules, words with more than one meaning, spelling strategies and much more. With extensive teaching notes, student aims sheet, and ideas for contextualisation and using as a multisensory resource. 150K

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Initial consonant clusters - 3 (dr, pr, gr, tr) 48 word and matching 'picture clue' cards - with detailed teaching ideas'. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 7 pages. 520K

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Consonant clusters Crossword (dr, tr, pr, gr) 3makes a great follow up activity to the word and picture cards activity (above). Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 2 pages. 40K

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Vowels - recognising and using long and short vowels. Great for reading and spelling. The 'fill in the vowels' exercise also helps with basic grammar and sense. Contributed by Karen. 2 pages. 15K.

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Initial consonant clusters - 1 (sc, sm, sp, st) 'phonic strip' listening activity followed by a crossword. Further related activities available below. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 4 pages. 150K

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Initial consonant clusters - 2 (sc, sm, sp, st, sl, sn) 36 word and matching 'picture clue' cards - with detailed teaching ideas. Further related activities available below. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 5 pages. 300K

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Initial consonant clusters - sc, sm, sp, st Interactive worksheet with drop down menus to select the correct word /spelling. 15 cloze sentences. to accompany related activities available above. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 1 page. 60K

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Initial consonant clusters - sc, sm, sp, st spelling quiz to be used on screen (could also be printed out). Plus useful practice in using a mouse, typing in spellings, etc. for Skills for Life ICT students. 13 pages, 12 spellings. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 300K

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 Yesterday's World text (about an attraction in Sussex) and related phonics activities (based on the two sounds of the digraph /th/). Includes word sorting, cloze, crossword.  Originally written for a mixed level Literacy and ESOL group. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 6 pages. 80K

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'Work' vocabulary cards 27 pictures of different jobs and matching word cards - plus lots of teaching ideas for Entry 1and 2 literacy and ESOL classes.  Contributed by Laura Jeffrey Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk 6 pages. 200K.

PDF Spelling Challenge sheets make great starter activities - especially when used in pairs or small groups. One for qu- words, one for -all words and a blank 'wall' to add your own spelling challenge. 70K. 4 pages.   

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Suffix spelling rules (1) useful worksheet  for practising adding -ing. Contributed by Brian Carruthers,  brian.carruthers@yahoo.co.uk who suggests that this resource after his Adding -ing to verbs PPT 2 pages. 20K.
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Long 'e' phonics sheets (in words with 'ee' or 'ea'). Lots of ideas for differentiation in this fabulous 14 page resource that includes: cards / worksheets for decoding words, spelling, recognising final consonant phonemes, matching rhyming words, identifying homophones such as 'meet' and 'meat', and writing short poems. From Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 14 pages. 800K.

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Adding -ing to verbs PowerPoint split into three sections: make no change, drop the 'e', short vowel - so double the consonant.  Great use of colour and graphics to cover this perennial spelling difficulty. Contributed by Brian Carruthers,  brian.carruthers@yahoo.co.uk Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 13 slides. 30K.
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Silent e proof reading exercise that makes a great end of topic assessment tool. 30 sentences to correct. Contributed by Sally Shipton, Stafford College S.Shipton@staffordcoll.ac.uk 2 pages. 15K

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Silent e differentiated worksheets (2 versions) that can be folded so that higher level students can make up their own definitions (or they can be used as a matching exercise) plus 2 sets of useful dictation sentences. Contributed by Imogen Stewart, Stafford College, i.stewart@staffordcoll.ac.uk 5 pages. 20K

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Practice with sh or ch another great interactive word worksheet from Margaret Adams (Brighton University and the Kenward Trust) uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Select the correct sh or ch word from the drop down menus to complete the sentences. 1 page. 30K NOTE: to use this worksheet interactively you must click on the padlock icon (in the 'forms' toolbar).

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Sh or Ch criss cross word puzzle to practice reading and spelling these two consonant digraphs. Contributed by Margaret Adams (Brighton University and the Kenward Trust) uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk 1 page. 15

PDF Add -ing: straightforward, very useful practice adding -ing to verbs. Contributed by Jannette Twoomey jannettet2004@yahoo.co.uk City of Bristol College and Filton College. 1 page. 20K.
PDF Homographs. A great handout to help with spelling and 'working out the meaning of unfamiliar words'. Contributed by Penny Halliday, Oxford Brookes PGCE student and volunteer literacy tutor, pen.halliday@btinternet.com. 3 pages. 200K
PDF Wonderful practice for Entry 1 and 2 readers and spellers. Two short stories - one based on _oan, _one, _own words; one on _oa_ and _o_e.  Other word endings covered include _ice, _ash and _ack. Plus comprehension questions, spelling practice, cloze sentences, and wordsearch.  Contributed by Margaret Wingrove, Basic skills lecturer in literacy and IT, Milton Keynes.

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Colours, Fruit and Clothes: 43 page booklet with 23 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word and sentence focus activities to accompany our new on-screen resources. Linked to SfL learner materials & audio CDs Lit Unit 1 Lost & Found, ESOL Unit 3 Shopping, ESOL Unit 9 Shopping 2. Word searches and shapes, alphabetical order, upper-lower case letters, crosswords, word fills and matching games. Answers, mapping document, teaching ideas. 450K.

PDF Prefix game with instructions, game cards, prompts. Prefix spelling rules - includes useful OHT. Take a look at the group lesson plan  before downloading the PDF. Plus prefix worksheets for E2/E3 and a non-scary spelling test (E2-L2) with answer sheets. 11 pages. 86K (e)
PDF Adjective Games and Spellings: huge selection of word and sentence level games, starters and worksheets. Use independently or with text level work on descriptive writing such as our House Ads lesson plan. Spelling worksheets (suffixes), useful OHT for group discussion. Adjective wheel game. Noun paired game. 'Mood or  description?' worksheet. Dictionary, thesaurus, sentence work. E2-L2. 170K. 17 pages.
PDF Adding Suffixes to Words ending in a Silent E (split digraph). Vowel and consonant suffixes. Spelling rules and exceptions, fill in charts, look for silent e base words, suffix worksheets, record sheets, add your own suffixes, other activities, web links. 170K (16 pages) (d) (e)

Ww/E2.3 produce legible text

(a) understand the concept of 'fitness for purpose' in the presentation of writing. e.g. that the critical importance of accuracy. legibility, neatness will vary depending on context, audience and purpose

(b) understand that handwriting and word processing are skills that people need to learn  to use to produce legible text in different circumstances

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Creating a cinquain is a great way to introduce poetry whilst reinforcing essential grammar, spelling, presentation and handwriting skills. Includes teaching ideas, example poem, planner. Contributed by Fay Middleton, Adult Community Learning Unit, Sheffield City Council. Fay.Middleton@sheffield.gov.uk 5 pages. 60K.

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