Over the summer holidays when I was gathering together our Year 7 resources I did not select anything for Grammar, Punctuation or Spelling. I just did not get around to it and we were still finishing up with a Key Stage 2 book so it just became one of those things that I still needed to find. I knew what we wanted and it was just a case of finding the correct book for us. So I was thrilled when Oxford University Press sent us a box of secondary resources and they included this stunning workbook – Get It Right Workbook 1. It is perfect for us – no overwhelming/ overcrowded pages (my daughter does not like pages that look they are bursting with information or pages where multiple concepts are crammed together). This book has clear explanations followed by about 3 activities – the design is perfect for my daughter to work through by herself and just ask questions when needed. (And yes she is working in her PJ’s – she has flu).
The explanations are written clearly onto a page using pastel colours to highlight certain parts (the colours they have chosen work really well as they highlight points without being distracting). They include a few tips but you never feel like the page is packed. It is really well spaced out and makes reading through the points easy, almost relaxing in a strange way (starting to wish more workbooks used this layout).
After the explanations they normally include 3 different activities (answers for the activities are in a seperate answer book). I don’t have the answer book and so far we are fine working through without it.
The topics in the workbook follow a logical manner but I must confess we jumped in and started using some pages in the middle of the book just because they happened to be what we had just learnt about and that worked fine. You can jump around the pages as you want or you could follow their order (if you do jump around they will reference you to other pages that link up)
So what exactly is covered in workbook 1?
Grammar (this is the biggest section)
- Verbs (including verbs in context, past and future tense, main and auxiliary verbs)
- Subject and Object
- Personal and Possessive Pronouns
- Sentence types
- Single-clauses sentences
- Multi-clause sentences – compound and complex
- Capital letters and Full stops
- Question marks and Exclamation marks
- Colons and semi-colons
- Apostrophes for possession and Apostrophes for Contraction
- Direct Speech
- Vowels and Consonants
- Silent letters
- Prefixes and Suffixes
- Commonly confused words
- How to learn spellings
I think it is a good base for Year 7 English.
We just have the first workbook but there is a complete series of them – three different workbooks for Key Stage 3 ages and one for GCSE ages. (And if you are wondering we will probably be getting the others for my daughter).
To find out more you can look on the Oxford University Press website – Workbook 1, Workbook 2, Workbook 3, GCSE workbook.
You can also buy the workbooks from Amazon
Get It Right: KS3; 11-14: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar workbook 1
Get It Right: KS3; 11-14: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Answer Book 2
Get It Right: KS3; 11-14: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Workbook 3
Get It Right: for GCSE: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar workbook
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