Functional Skills Activity Tasks
Welcome to this Functional Skills Activity Pack.
It has been designed to meet the Functional Skills specifications and contains all the activities a learner needs to practise and prove their competence in this unit.
The pack is divided into two sections:
Section 1 is comprised of a series of ‘Build-up activities’, designed to give learners the opportunity to practise the required skills for both the external test and the portfolio activities which follow.
At Level 1, these activities may be used as portfolio evidence.
Section 2 contains a series of ‘Substantial activities’ which give learners the opportunity to ‘build’ on the skills developed in section 1.
They will provide portfolio evidence at all levels, although no one activity is designed to meet all the specified criteria.
It is recommended that learners present 3 substantial activities, although it is possible that two may be sufficient.
LEARNER GUIDANCE NOTES
Throughout every activity you must keep a log detailing:
· how you found the information you required
· what sources you used
· the filenames you used to save your work
· your reasons for choosing or rejecting information.
You must also keep the draft copies of your work, and note on them why you decided to make changes.
You may need to learn how to capture screen displays and paste them into a document to print out.
This may be helpful in providing evidence of the files you have saved.
You may also find it helpful to use headers and footers to show the filename and the date.
You could also add your name if you wish.
When you have to decide on what filenames to save work under, use something which relates to the activity title.
It makes it much easier to find later on and is more meaningful than your name, for example.
Don’t forget to ask your tutor to initial and date all your print-outs.
This lets your tutor show that they have seen your work and that it really belongs to you.
Whatever else you do – don’t forget to save your work at regular intervals and note down the filenames you have used on your log sheet.
You will need to write a narrative at the end of the activity to explain what you did to complete the task, what your results show and what choices you made about which calculations to use.
You will also need to say how the purpose of the activity was met.
Either in the narrative or on the appropriate sheets you should show how you worked out the calculation and show that you have checked your answer.
If you use IT for doing your calculations, you must explain how you would have done it on paper and how you checked your answers.
If you use a program such as a spreadsheet to work out answers, you could also print out a copy of the spreadsheet showing the formulae you used.
You will have to think very carefully about how to present your data for the best effect.
For example, you could ask yourself – would a bar chart or a graph be better to show my results?
If you need to show that you have read a document and used some of the information to complete a task.
You could show this by highlighting some of the relevant text on a copy of the document.
If you are doing an oral skills task, remember to keep any notes you made or information you used during the task as supporting evidence.
The documents you produce must be for different purposes, so you could use a letter and a report, for example, or a completed form or a poster.