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SummarySkillswise, an initiative by the BBC, provides literacy and numeracy resources mapped to the Adult Core Curriculum, mainly at level 1. The homepage is easy to navigate and directs the learner to 'Words' (Grammar, Spelling, Reading, Writing, Listening, Vocabulary) or 'Numbers' (Whole Numbers; Measures, Shape & Space; Fractions, Decimals & Percentages; Handling Data) sections and sub-sections. Each sub-section focuses on a topic and provides multiple resources to support learning. These include printable Factsheets, which explain concepts and provide guidance or techniques, as well as Worksheets to practise newly gained skills. There are also interactive online Games and Quizzes, graded for difficulty. In addition, there is a Tutor Centre with lesson plans and tracking sheets, and a 'Your Stories' section, where featured learners recount some of their experiences.
This is a high quality resource with materials aimed specifically at adult learners, which address numeracy and literacy in a relevant non-patronising way. Skillswise can be used with Basic Skills learners in all types of contexts, including Adult Community learning classes.
The website can also be used by learners working independently to access resources on specific topics, where they feel they need to build their confidence. Similar resources at Entry levels and Level 2 would be very welcome.
Source: Quality Improvement Agency
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