The ‘Boosting’ season is approaching fast and the rapidly-aging Year 6 teachers will be considering the extra-prep nightmare for the early morning sessions that lie ahead. Having taught Year 6 since 199…something I have always had my eyes peeled for new and effective approaches that are high impact, but low prep.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing useful resources that I have come across over the years.
In this first blog I will start with Twinkl (I always explain that I get a free subscription for sharing my views…but these are very much my views!!). Most teachers I know have a subscription so have access to these resources that can buy you back a few hours of your life!
I would use these Year 6 Bumper Assessment Packs for Boosting and revision. Each one contains a very specific teaching PowerPoint that highlights the key approaches needed to understand the text and answer the questions which could be used for ‘Boosting’. I would use the question papers either during the previous sessions or as a home learning task.
The Reading Revision Activity Mats are short and focused texts with questions. I have used these really successfully as early morning focus work, whilst I do the register etc or a re-focus after lunchtime, again whilst I do the register etc. Each one will not take more than ten minutes to complete, and some even less. However, they are useful for getting students used to reading unseen pieces of text under a time constraint.
SATs are an inevitable part of our teaching lives at the moment but by sharing ideas and resources we can make life a little bit easier whilst having a greater impact on final outcomes.