Thursday, 13 December 2012

twinkl Primary School Resources


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I was brought up in a different country with a different education system. We used to have heavy bags stuffed with thick books and lots of homework to do throughout the week, so I felt a bit unbalanced when Abby had nothing to bring home apart from a book to read a day and the occasional worksheet. I felt the need to find her something to do, to recap what she's learned during the day, but she couldn't remember what she's learned! So most of the time I had no clue what to do with her until I get to chat with one of the teachers, or been told through the weekly newsletter what we should be doing.


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Recently I was introduced to www.twinkl.co.uk, a Primary School resources site that has almost everything we parents need to support our children with at home. There are fun worksheets, activities, stories, etc to download and print, or if you prefer better print quality, you can buy them as well. I was offered a premium account to try for a more in depth understanding of what they provide.


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It seemed a little bit confusing at first when I just logged onto their website, but I soon found everything I was after through the blue bar at the top. Their resources are vast and not only are they for the children, they provide materials for schools and teachers as well, for example posters and phonics cards.


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There were so many things I wanted to do with Abby that I got a bit lost and wasn't sure where to start! I printed some when Abby spotted the worksheets. She couldn't wait and insisted in doing them before dinner.


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primary school worksheets, twinkl primary school resources, primary school tuition

primary school worksheets, twinkl primary school resources, primary school tuition

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Twinkle also have a Parents section that provide guidance to help parents support their children at home, including How to Help Your Child Learn to Read, and Calculation Methods the children are learning. Together with the school's newsletter, I now know better with what to do with Abby and what kind of worksheet I should be looking for to aid her at home.


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With Christmas nearing, twinkl has a Christmas section as well to get the children in the festive mood. They have everything from stories, nativity play, letter to and from Santa, worksheets with Christmas themes, etc etc for us to print and use. Again, it's up to you how you want it printed. To be economical I printed our copies in grayscale (black and white) and double sided too.


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The good thing is that most of their resources are free for you to download and print. But if you want the Premium ones, which includes over 11,000 new resources, a feature that allows you to download a whole resource pack with one click (instead of downloading each resource one by one) , unlimited downloads (acceptable usage of course) and first access to brand new resources, you just need to pay £29.99 a year that is equivalent to £2.50 a month. Buying an exercise book in the shops cost between £1-£3 and once they are done, they are done. Comparing to that, £2.50 a month is fairly cheap, and it's a small amount to give back to those who has provided the resources that keeps the twinkl community growing too.


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Twinkl has started a monthly rewards scheme where users can collect points by doing activities (including downloading and suggesting new materials). They reward the top 5 users for that month, although I'm not quite sure what you get as a reward though.


Overall I found twinkl site really useful, and I have found everything I need to support Abby's writing and numeric skills. There are plenty of worksheets for Abby to do, and she loved doing them as well! The great thing is that even after she's done most of them (of a particular type of worksheet), we can still reprint the same worksheets for her to do them again (practice makes perfect!) 

I think that the site is most useful to schools, where the visual aids including posters and cards will come in handy. I have heard that there are people who prefer homeschooling as well and twinkl is definitely the site they should visit for materials. We are very happy to have given the opportunity to try out their website, and have discovered a great amount of resources for Abby to do. Not that I'm going to make her do hours of activities, but she loved doing the worksheets so it's a great way to keep her entertained while learning, especially during the holidays!

If you are like us, unsure about how to support your child with their education at home, give twinkl a try!


Disclosure: We were provided a premium account to try and review the website at it's fullest; all opinions are honest and my own