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School Trip Activities

I haven't taught Functional ICT for a few years now and was quite surprised to find out that it was still going. Some of the help sheets here were originally written for older versions of Office software, but they should more or less work for more up to date ones.

These activities are an introduction to Functional IT Skills tasks.

They're a good way to judge your skills. If you can do them quickly and easily then you're probably working at Level 2. If you find them a bit trickier then you'll need to work at your skill level before you can pass at Level 2.

There are three activities in this set:

Activity A - a trip costs spreadsheet with a simple graph

Activity B - a poster to advertise the trip

Activity C - a letter to send home to parents (this page)


A school trip to Pleasurewood Hills is being planned. You have been asked to help the student office staff to plan the trip.

There will be 45 Year 10 students going on the trip, with 6 members of staff. The trip will take place on the last Wednesday of the summer term.

Activity C - Letter for Parents:

A letter needs to be produced to give parents information about the trip. The student office have started to write a draft of the letter. They have sent you some information in an e-mail.

email iconOpen the e-mail from the student office and read it carefully (right click and open in a new tab might be helpful)

Save a copy of the letter.txt text file to your computer. This contains the basic text for the letter.

textfile iconletter.txt text file (right click and Save As might be useful)

You will need to:

a) Use the letter.txt file as the base for the letter

b) Add information as specified in the e-mail from the Student Office Manager

c) Improve the appearance of the letter to make it suitable for printing

d) Add your name, school and class in the footer of the letter

e) Save and print your letter making sure it fits on one side of A4. Check that it is fit for purpose.

PDF icon Download a PDF version of the letter tasks. You can take this file and print it if you need to (right click and Save As)