With some children, learning the curriculum comes naturally. With others, it’s a little harder. My daughter has taken to it like a duck to water whereas my eldest son (7) has found it harder. He has great imagination, he’s eager to please and he’s great with numbers and maths. He’s good at writing and reading, but sometimes struggles to focus and complete tasks within the time given. I get frustrated sometimes when I’m helping him with his homework and then it turns into a shouting match. I worry, because Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 at primary school are often described as the most significant in a child’s life. According to teachers from Education Quizzes:
“7 to 10 year olds start to find their feet in the world of education and their level of success plays a large part in determining their future academic achievements.”
No pressure then! I’ve been having a look through and trying out something which will hopefully help us learn together in a fun way, and provide a good foundation of enjoying learning together. Education Quizzes is a subscription service website where you have videos and quizzes that are NON trivia based and totally educational. The quizzes are separated into different categories, the Key stages: KS1 (age 5-7) KS2 (age 7-11) 11 Plus (Age 7-11 if in a grammar school area) , KS3 (age 11-14), GCSE, ESL and Specialist. There’s also a Parents 999 area just for us.
I chose the KS2 quizzes to focus on with William, in particular English. To start with, anything on the computer is good in his eyes. The quizzes are visual, with pictures that go with each question, and four possible answers. A simple click chooses the answer and you know straight away if it’s correct or incorrect and you’re told why so it reduces the guessing element. If they guess the right answer, it tells them why and vice versa. There are 10 questions and you get a score at the end. There’s the option to print or play again to improve your score. We tried the complex sentences quiz, it gives you the information at the start. Even though I write for a living I need a little helping hand with all the descriptive and grammar terms. I know how and why I write but I don’t always know the terms. Here’s some screenshots of the quiz:
I also had a good nose around the site, they have a nature matters blog, there’s a specialist section where you can complete quizzes on Gardening, Richard III and UK Charities amongst others. Plus, even if you just sign up to their mailing list, you get a free enthusiastic parents guide to education (you can fake enthusiasm, but the fact that you’re here means you care and that makes you enthusiastic). I tried out the Human Rights quiz too, which I thought was great to access and promotes discussion.
What I thought
I like the layout of the site and it’s simple, easy to use quiz interface. I like the fact that when you choose your answer, you know straight away whether you’re right and why you’re right. They’re tailored to each age group. I tried the KS1 quizzes too with Phoebe, which uses the same format, but the questions are easier. She chose the art questions, but I don’t think she’s covered quite what they were asking about yet, for the question: Painting watery paint onto paper or a canvas is known as what? – A clean she answered (it’s a wash). I’d use it again, particularly for my own understanding of the curriculum, a lot has changed since I went to school, or else I don’t remember. So often I feel that some of the curriculum is irrelevant, but I’m sure it all has it’s place. I’m pleased to see they have lots of life skills and social skills related quizzes as well as all the different religions.
These Education Quizzes are designed for all children. The founders of the company really want to help all children to be successful at school. All the quizzes are written by teachers and meticulously follow the national curriculum guidelines, so you always know they’ll match what’s being taught in school. If you home educate then they can work well alongside your learning journey. Subscription is monthly at £9.95 and can be cancelled at any time, there are no hidden costs. This is perfect if you want to work on a particular problem area or for revision for a specific exam or module. Not everyone can afford the monthly fee, but there is also the option for your school to cover the cost.
How this works is the school can pay Education Quizzes on behalf of the students and benefit from greatly reduced costs. Depending on the number of students at a school, it is possible for them to sign-up students for as little as £2.00 per year. This is a miniscule proportion of the £4,500+ that each school is paid for each student each year and it is an extremely small price to pay for a school to get more engagement with the parents. It would also win the school some brownie-points when it comes to the next Ofsted inspection! Why not ask at your child’s school if it’s something they would consider, then you’d have free access to all the quizzes and tools.
Disclosure: I have been compensated for my time in creating this review and was granted access to the site. All opinions are my own.