Make learning fun with education quizzes

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I am (somehow!) now the parent of 3 school aged children.

When they were tiny I really didn’t give much thought as to how I would support their learning once they got to school age but now I am always looking for ways to make their schoolwork fun and ways to encourage them to give it a go.

I am a big believer that if a child isn’t having fun they are just not going to learn as much as they could.

A few Christmas’ ago we did a family quiz and though the children didn’t know any of the answers they really loved the concept and have frequently asked me to make quizzes for them since.

Bearing this in mind I want to tell you about a website that provides educational quizzes for children of all ages and at all stages of their education, from KS1 to GCSE.

Education Quizzes is designed to help children be successful at school. The quizzes follow school curriculum and are written by teachers so can be used alongside more traditional methods of learning to help children progress.

After showing the website to Pepper and Cherry I have no doubt they could spend hours completing quiz after quiz (really any chance to have a go on an electronic device is a massive hit for them as I’m sure is the case for lots of children!)

As I said there are quizzes suited to children of all abilities and though both of my girls are a little behind other children their age in reading and writing the KS1 quizzes were great for them at their very basic level.

A subscription to Education Quizzes is £9.95 per month and can be cancelled at any time.

Obviously this may be a little expensive for lots of parents so the people at Education Quizzes are keen to encourage the use of their website in schools. Depending on the size of the school it can be possible to sign students up for as little as £2 per year.

 

Nat Halfpenny

3 Comments

  1. Most school’s have specific websites that they use in school and can be used at home too. The schools pay for them so they are free for children to use at home. Also the websites your children’s school uses will carry on from what they do in class. The national curriculum isn’t actually as national as you think, there are various topics that your school choose to do. Also there are many, many different examination boards for GCSE and A levels. Each examination board has their own papers, so not everyone does the same paper’s for exams. Last year my oldest 17, and my niece, also 17 (they were actually due on the same day, but my eldest came 2 weeks early and my niece was 4 days late!) they both did their GCSE’s and although they were the same subjects they had different papers. It all depends on which examination board your school chooses to do. The schools can also change from GCSE boards and A level boards. My eldest is now doing A levels, however they are using a different examination board that they used for GCSE’s so they are having a crash course in this board GCSE as it carries on to A level. It’s the same in primary schools, depending on which board the school chooses is depending on what stat papers primary school children take. Even at the very beginning of school, reception, can be different. For example some primary schools, in reception and KS1, use jolly phonics to teach children the alphabet, and how to make the different sounds, whereas other primary schools use “Annie Apple” etc to teach the alphabet. It all depends on your school. Even schools in the same area can use different methods, So before paying for any website, check with your school. Also the BBC site is great for primary and secondary school aged Children, it has age appropriate puzzles, games etc all educational and all free. Plus the vast majority of schools use the BBC website, so your children won’t get confused between all the different ways, again check with your child’s teacher to make sure you’re using the same sites. Confusing I know, and it’s about to get even more confusing as GCSE’s are changing so instead of abc grades it’s 1-9, with 9 being the top grade. Our youngest is in year 9 so she will use the new system, whereas our oldest used the old system of A stars down. (With the new system levels 5-9 are the equivalent of A stars to C) luckily this won’t affect you for a while yet, and by the time your children are that age, it may have all changed again!

  2. I think Tessa has missed the point – as long as children are having fun they will be learning far more. Doing quizzes on an additional website to the one their school uses isn’t going to harm their education, only encourage it. The girls are 5, GCSE examination boards aren’t really relevant yet.

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