Our Education Quizzes Review
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been trying out the Education Quizzes website. This is a website for parents, teachers and students which uses quizzes to build children’s knowledge and confidence. It’s completely tailored to the National Curriculum, with resources written by teachers and experienced professionals.
Education Quizzes Review: The Parent’s Perspective
I’ve tested this both as a parent and a teacher. As you know, Ben started school in September. He’s one of the youngest in his class, and to be honest, he is not keen on homework at all. Phonics in class? Yes, he’ll tell us all about it. Maths? Yes. PE? Yes (when he remembers). But homework? Well… No. It takes a lot of effort (and a bit of bribery) to capture his imagination enough to get his homework done each week.
So when I suggested using the laptop to do some spelling and maths practice, he grumbled a bit, but the sway of using the laptop won.
We tried some of the easier Key Stage 1 activities. The years and the Key Stages can be really confusing for parents (I know, I’ve spent enough parents evenings trying to explain it) but the website gives a really good explanation of it.
The website is also really easy to navigate, with separate subjects on the left hand side and then the individual quizzes in the centre. There are a huge number of quizzes – 114 alone in the KS1 English section – and you can take the quizzes as many times as you like. That was really helpful for my not-so-resilient son who did not enjoy getting any of them wrong!
As Ben is still learning to read, I sat and did the quizzes with him. However, each of the quizzes we did was reinforced by a photo, and it won’t be long before he’s able to do them fairly independently.
The other thing I loved about the website is that it gave me a really clear idea of what he’s learning at school. Like most kids, he’s tired at the end of the day. He can remember some of the things he’s done, but can’t always articulate what he’s learned. To be honest, he mostly remembers the stories he’s heard and the games he’s played. But the different curriculum sections gave me a really clear understanding of what he needs to cover in KS1.
Equally, it gave me some clues as to how I can support him better. We did a few of the Art and Design quizzes, and I realised he didn’t know what ‘Primary Colours’ were, or how colour combine. So that can really shape some of the activities we do at home together.
Ben sat and did the quizzes for over half an hour on his first session and has asked to do them every day since. I am convinced that this is a great way for him to learn and for him to reinforce what he’s covered at school.
Education Quizzes Review: The Teacher’s Perspective
As you may know, I’m also a Secondary English Teacher. I work in a fairly high-tech school (most of our students have iPads, for example) but would describe my teaching style as fairly low-tech comparatively. This is partly because I teach a lot of Key Stages 4 and 5 (GCSE and A Level), and they are all measured by written examination. So a lot of what I do prepares the students for those exams.
However, I know I’m teaching a digital-native generation: my students have grown up with technology, and engage with it well. They use YouTube to revise, apps to help them mind-map and make videos for their homework. So I’m always interested in new technologies in education.
In terms of the Key Stage 3 and 4 curriculum, there isn’t quite as much coverage on the Education Quizzes website, but what there is, is excellent. Happily for me, both English and English Literature are covered at Key Stage 4, and Key Stage 3 has a very big English section.
The Key Stage 3 section would be invaluable for me as a teacher as there is so much grammatical knowledge. Over the last few years, the amount of grammar we have to teach in Key Stage 3 has really increased, and for many teachers, it’s a bit of a knowledge gap. Not only that, grammar is very hard to make exciting! So having quizzes – where there is a clear right and wrong answer – is excellent. I could definitely see myself using this in class, for revision and for homework. It’s actually a perfect homework as the marking is already done for you!
The other thing I really like (and this is a bit pedantic), is that Education Quizzes have used the correct terminology. Discourse markers, for example, instead of connectives. Moreover, the quizzes are challenging!
At Key Stage 4, Education Quizzes has a harder task. This is partly because of the nature of a quiz: it has a correct or an incorrect answer. English at Key Stage 4 is much more skills-based, and the tasks that my students need to practise are the longer, extended answers.
However, again, the range and complexity of the questions is really thorough. These quizzes would be an excellent starting point for revision, and an excellent support throughout the Key Stage 4 course. I have to say, the questions on Romeo and Juliet were really challenging, and required careful thought and attention to detail – and I’ve been teaching it for 12 years!
Education Quizzes Review: Final Thoughts
Since reviewing this, I have recommended this site to my school as a great resource, which I believe my students would get a great amount of value from. I’m also going to subscribe myself for Ben when he’s a bit older. At £9.95 a month, a subscription would also make a great gift, but I think it’s definitely worth the cost.