Over the last 3 years we have used the Get It Right Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar workbooks for KS3. (They have 3 workbooks for KS3 so we used 1 workbook per year). My daughter enjoyed the format of these workbooks and worked through them independently, just chatting to me every once in a while about an activity. I liked the way the workbooks revised the basic concepts and then took them a bit further with their “in context” pages so I was very interested to see that they had a GCSE version of this workbook and we decided it would be a good way to help us get started with our IGCSE English Language.
The GCSE workbook is set out in the same format as the KS3 workbooks. There is normally a page with a concise explanation followed by three activities (most topics are covered over a double page) and then with quite a few of the topics they include a double “in context” page. The “in context” pages are really taking the concepts and then getting the kids to apply them to a text. It is the kind of thinking that the kids need to do when they answer GCSE questions, they need to be able to talk about how the author uses adverbs (for example) to show x, or y. This is one of the reasons that I have liked these workbooks – it is revise your basics then take it a step up and apply it to a text.
And with all of these workbooks you can buy an answer book (£12.50) which suits us as I really wanted my daughter to have some guidance with the answers and it allows her to work independently.
Okay so what is covered in this workbook?
For me, a good workbook is a workbook that allows you to “bend it” to suit individual kids and their needs. The way I see this workbook is that it can do just that. For some kids the explanation pages are going to be gold – they might still be struggling with some of these concepts and I have found all of the explanations concise and well worded (I have really been impressed with the explanations in all of these workbooks). Some kids are already going to be happy with these concepts and the explanation pages and the 3 activities are going to be revision for them (revision is never a bad thing). But for those kids who view these pages as revision I think the in context pages will be the pages that really get them thinking. (Can I also say if your kiddo is happy just working on the explanation pages you can always just stick to that can come back to the in context pages at a later date).
However you choose to use it I think for £6.99 you are getting a workbook which includes well worded explanations of key English concepts, practice of those concepts and then practice applying those concepts to text. That is good for a £6.99.
I am really happy with this as one of our English resources. We enjoyed using the KS3 workbooks and although we have only just started using this one I think it is going to be a great resource to help set us up for the IGCSE English Language content.
You can get the GCSE Get It Right workbook and answer book directly from the OUP site – GCSE Get It Right Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar workbook and the GCSE Answer book.
I have also spotted them in my local Waterstones store
Admin – I asked OUP if we could get a copy of the GCSE Get It Right workbook because I really ilked their KS3 workbooks and had a feeling this one was going to be useful. This is NOT a paid for Post. All photos and opinions are mine (or my kids).
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