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					   Putting the FUN into
_ _ _CTIONAL SKILLS
                    Geoff Barton
               NATE Conference: April 2009


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LITERACY FOR LEARNING
LITERACY FOR LEARNING
LITERACY FOR LEARNING




     Welcome to
   The Literacy Club
DOGS MUST
BE CARRIED
  ON THE
ESCALATOR
LITERACY FOR LEARNING


        Please don't
         smoke and
        live a more
        healthy life
     PSHE Poster
LITERACY FOR LEARNING


        Sign at Suffolk
           hospital:
          Criminals
        operate in this
             area
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        ICI FIBRES
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          Churchdown parish
              magazine:
       ‘would the congregation
      please note that the bowl
      at the back of the church
       labelled ‘for the sick” is
        for monetary donations
                  only’
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          LITERACY
         STATISTICS
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   Between 1945 and 1997 levels of literacy in
           England remained static



                              Sir Michael Barber
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   A 1997 survey showed that of 12 European
  countries, only Poland and Ireland had lower
              levels of adult literacy
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  Between a third and two thirds of prisoners at
   the 19 adult prisons visited for the survey on
  longer-serving prisoners had low literacy and
                / or numeracy skills.
      And in 17 of the prisons, skills levels
   remained low for prisoners after many years
                   in custody.

                                   Ofsted February 09
LITERACY FOR LEARNING
     More pupils not receiving FSMs reported
    talking about reading with their mother and
  father, while their FSM-receiving counterparts
   stated that they talk about reading with their
          teacher and teaching assistant.



                                        NLT 2006
15-year-old students whose parents have the
  lowest occupational status, but who read
regularly and feel positive about it, are better
readers than students with home advantages
      and weaker reading engagement




                                     OECD 2002
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  1-in-16 adults cannot identify a concert venue
     on a poster that contains name of band,
           price, date, time and venue
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   7 million UK adults cannot locate the page
  reference for plumbers in the Yellow Pages
BBC NEWS ONLINE:

More than half of British
motorists cannot interpret
road signs properly,
according to a survey by
the Royal Automobile Club.

The survey of 500
motorists highlighted just
how many people are still
grappling with it.
According to the
survey, three in
five motorists
thought a "be
aware of cattle"
warning sign
indicated …


   an area
   infected
   with foot-
   and-mouth
   disease.
Common mistakes

•No motor vehicles -
Beware of fast motorbikes


•Wild fowl - Puddles in
the road

•Riding school close
by - "Marlborough
country" advert
reasons we
should stop being
defensive about
functional skills
1 We’re setting up a
  false dichotomy
2 We should own the
 standards agenda
3 We owe it to our pupils
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                        •   Stand-alone tests of English,
                            Maths, ICT
                        •   Related to real-life situations
                        •   Reassure employers and others
                            that the basics have been
                            mastered
                        •   Level 2 success a pre-requisite
                            for GCSE success …
 Until April 3 2009 …
But the Liberal Democrats'
schools spokesman, David
Laws, said the government's
plans had been rejected.

"Many people will be surprised
that it's possible to pass English
and maths GCSEs without a
good grasp of the basics.

"All teenagers should be tested
in these basic skills before they
leave school."
         1. Pass/fail tests cause problems and
            waste time
         2. Age-related problems: naivety v
            ability
         3. Diploma students penalised by
Why …?      Maths
         4. Stand-alone nature could actually
            advantage students of, say, BS
         5. Expensive
         6. Over-assessing students
         7. Envy of the Welsh
         8. High stakes/high risk
         9. Unhelpful symbolism
So where now …?




        •   Optional – so who will opt?
        •   Will depend on points weighting
        •   May resurface at KS3
        •   Over to us …
Putting the
FUN
Into
FUNCTIONAL
SKILLS
Reading:
•How to read different types of texts, inc timetables
•Scanning, skimming, research not FOFO
Writing:
•Composition
•Planning and structure
•Impact and clarity
•Seeing all writing as creative
Speaking & listening:
•Formal presentations to how to chair meetings
•Model the language, esp connectives
•   Resilience and stickability
•   Memory
•   Spelling tricks
READING
SKIMMING
Proud mum in a million Natalie
Brown hugged her beautiful baby
daughter Casey yesterday and
said: “She’s my double miracle.”
The climate of the Earth is always changing.
In the past it has altered as a result of
natural causes. Nowadays, however, the term
climate change is generally used when
referring to changes in our climate which
have been identified since the early part of
the 1900's . The changes we've seen over
recent years and those which are predicted
over the next 80 years are thought to be
mainly as a result of human behaviour rather
than due to natural changes in the
atmosphere.
The best treatment for mouth
ulcers. Gargle with salt water. You
should find that it works a treat. Salt
is cheap and easy to get hold of and we
all have it at home, so no need to
splash out and spend lots of money on
expensive mouth ulcer creams.
Urquhart castle is probably one of the most
picturesquely situated castles in the Scottish
Highlands. Located 16 miles south-west of
Inverness, the castle, one of the largest in
Scotland, overlooks much of Loch Ness. Visitors
come to stroll through the ruins of the 13th-
century castle because Urquhart has earned the
reputation of being one of the best spots for
sighting Loch Ness’s most famous inhabitant.
SCANNING
1. Where did the first cell
   phones begin?
2. Name 2 other features that
   started to be included in
   phones
3. Why are cell phones especially
   useful in some countries?
Cellular telephones

 The first cellular telephone system began operation in Tokyo in
1979, and the first U.S. system began operation in 1983 in
Chicago. A camera phone is a cellular phone that also has
picture taking capabilities. Some camera phones have the
capability to send these photos to another cellular phone or
computer. Advances in digital technology and microelectronics
has led to the inclusion of unrelated applications in cellular
telephones, such as alarm clocks, calculators, Internet
browsers, and voice memos for recording short verbal
reminders, while at the same time making such telephones
vulnerable to certain software viruses. In many countries with
inadequate wire-based telephone networks, cellular telephone
systems have provided a means of more quickly establishing a
national telecommunications network.
         Scanning II:

- what was Mr B’s sister called?
      - where did she live?
  - where did Young Mr B live?
Bad Memories

When he was a child, Mr Barton was very good looking and very popular
with everyone. His second worst memory was when he was about six and
he was lying down watching Thunderbirds. Suddenly his uncle’s big black
labrador came and stood over him, pinning him to the floor. This left Mr B
traumatised and explains his dislike of dogs, especially big ones with
slobbery tongues. But this was probably a bit better than his worst memory
which took place when he was eight. Mr B’s sister Jean had taken him to
stay with her near London. She took him to London Zoo and other famous
sites as a February half-term treat. It was the first time Young Mr B had
stayed away from home and he was very home-sick. Finally, after 3 days,
Mr B’s sister decided to give up and take him home to his parents in
Stafford. She took him by train and sat him down in a packed carriage. Then
she let young Mr B eat lots of chocolate. Just as the train was starting to
approach the home town of Stafford, Mr B turned very pale. He was feeling
very sick indeed. He knew he couldn’t make it in time to the toilet. There
were too many people in the carriage. He whispered to his sister that he was
going to be sick but, before he had finished his sentence, he had vomited
everywhere, covering the table in lumpy chocolate-covered vomit. His sister
didn’t know what to do and, feeling ashamed, pulled Young Mr B off the train
leaving behind a smelly and gently steaming table of fresh vomit.
1. Get me from Whitworth (above Rochdale) to Manchester Airport (bottom
    centre)
2. Write down a village that is due west of Bolton
3. Write down a village that is due south of Sale
4. Name 4 villages on the A58
5. Write down 4 villages (not towns) that are within the M60 motorway
6. Find and then describe where these villages are (use words like just to the
    west of …):
a) Pemberton
b) Lumb
c) Dobcross
SPELLING
Mr B’s New Year Spelling Frolics


-our words   -re endings   -able / -ible   -ous endings   Single/double
                           endings                        consonants
colour       centimetre    Available       tremendous     beginning
humour       centre        likeable        enormous       upsetting
rumour       theatre       sociable        poisonous      forgotten
armour                     considerable    mysterious     committee
flavour                    laughable       continuous     permitted
                           sensible        precious       occurred
humorous                   incredible      ferocious      visited
                           terrible        delicious      regretful
                           possible        cautious       developing
                           responsible
                                           ambitious
-ible            -able




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Homophones
Sound of Music   Kylie          Beethoven


their            there          they’re
too              two            to
pray             prey




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Hard
 Homophones
 Freeze                         Stand


 advice       advise
 practice              practise
 effect                affect


 It’s                  its

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MEMORISE
1
2
3
4
5
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7
8
TEST
1
1
2
2
3
3
SILLY
WRITE
Healthy    Do not   Bullying      Bad-
 food      chew      -free     tempered
 only       gum      zone       teacher
                                 ahead
  No        No      Learnin      Sixth
mobile    coats       g in       Form
phones      on      progres     student
          inside       s         s only
  Make
  your
 own up
It was really cold. The
weather was awful. I was
walking along the edge of
the cliff and I was really
scared.
INTEGRATE
              FINAL THOUGHTS ….




•   Opportunity, not a threat
•   Essential underpinning skills for
    learning as well as core skills for
    English
•   Can be creative, wacky, motivating
•   It’s over to us
New KS3 course from Pearson built round
   APP, with functional skills built in

                     Geoff Barton


            You can download this presentation
      at www.geoffbarton.co.uk/teacher-resources (48)
Putting the FUN into
_ _ _CTIONAL SKILLS

                Geoff Barton


       You can download this presentation
 at www.geoffbarton.co.uk/teacher-resources (48)

				
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