In an ideal world I would like to spend a majority of my time creating beautiful resources for my students. I’m going to guess that most English teachers out there would prefer to spend their time doing this than, say, filling out yet another spreadsheet. Sadly, the reality is that we just don’t have the time to create everything from scratch. This is one of the hardest things I have had to accept as a teacher. I’m always on the lookout for quality resources I can happily use with my classes that save me time but don’t compromise on the quality of material. I also need them to be editable because I can’t quite bring myself to let go of resource creation control completely. It’s the control freak in me. For these reasons, when Twinkl resources asked me to take a look at their materials (full disclosure – in return for a subscription) I was keen to have a look.
I’ve always felt there was a bit of a gap in the market for resources on the basics for GCSE students, so I started with the spelling section. I feel pretty strongly about continually reviewing the basics with my students and as an examiner I know this most definitely pays off in the long term. I homed in on the Dictionary Skills Activity Sheets as this is a skill I love to develop with my classes. The resource is clear, useful and fully editable. It could be used as part of a lesson, as an extension for early finishers or for a simple homework. There is also a KS3 Literacy Spelling and Grammar Catch Up Resource Pack which is excellent for lower ability learners. It contains a huge list of skills worksheets which can be picked out to suit the needs of your learners, so they are great for saving time and for differentiation. In addition to GCSE teaching I have a Functional Skills adult class and this pack will also be useful for them. The simple style will be great for my ESL learners. I’m planning on adding this pack to my VLE for all of my classes as they will be invaluable for closing the skills gap.
If you fancy visiting Twinkl resources, and I genuinely recommend that you do, here is a link to the English section of their website.