I really enjoy the Understanding English series from Schofield & Sims.
One of the books included in this series is the Grammar one – which I actually used as a revision book with my daughter in her Year 6 (great way to make sure you have covered everything and to possibly highlight areas you might need to go over again) and I am busy using it at the moment with my nine-year old. Now this book is designed for the whole of Key Stage 2 so I am not covering everything with him this year. I have been dipping in and out of the different Understanding English books taking pages for different activities and will continue using them with him for his next academic year as well.
I think the reason why these books have been so popular with us is their design. Simple but effective. A nice brief explanation at the top of the page followed by 3 different activities. And normally the topic is split over 2 pages (sometimes even more). I will add that we I don’t use these books in isolation. I do tend to print out extra pages from websites to add in extra practice of concepts when I feel we need to. But I like the fact that everything is contained in this workbook, so I know these are the concepts we need to cover.
We also like the muted colours – they tend to be black and white with one other colour to highlight concepts and words. This suits my sensory kids because extremely colourful pages can often be more distracting than helpful.
So what is covered by this workbook? (The first 56 pages are activities and then they include all the answers at the back.)
- Comparatives and Superlatives
- Singular and Plural
- Understanding word classes
- Linking ideas
- Verb tenses
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd person
- Subject and verb
- Standard English
- Clauses (about 8 pages on clauses)
- Sentence types
- Modal verbs
- Conditional sentences
- Active and passive sentences
- Informal speech and Formal speech
- also a couple of editing pages
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