Functional Skilss

Explain Ways to embed elements of Functional skills in the specialist area

Functional skills are transferable skills “this means they can be transferred to a different situation as well as being used in the student’s subject area” (Anne Gravells 2008). Functional skills are fundamental to everyday life and will assist in helping them make sense of daily life and enable them to establish for example which is the best way to of making a purchase, writing a letter of application or to get the most from computer software at home or in their place of work.
I am planning to teach three new operators how to run a high-speed machine, so functional skill, which is English, Maths and ICT will be very important to the students. After completion of an assessment, I would be able to identify any additional support needed. It might be that there English good be poor but they could be good at maths or maybe computer literate so in there job an assessment is very important. I would use learning challenges, which would use functional skills in a number of different scenarios that would be relevant, and this would engage the student.
Maybe maths could be there problem, if so one way to help is to use role-play, I would keep them in one group (with it only being three), one acting as a bus driver and the other two as passengers. We could work out how much change was needed form a £10 note if the fare was£2.25, then change roles after 5 min.
To help with there ICT skills I would invite the learners take part in a talent competition.

To do this they must write an e-mail to show, write details in a dairy, using the internet, then work out how to get to the venue from the bus station, using the bus timetable.
For English I would set up a task for them to differentiate between true or false. I would give them all a piece of text with a good mix of both and ask them to indentify the fact from the fiction.
Therefore, you can see how important these functional skills are in...