A few weeks ago we were asked if we would like to try out the Education Quizzes website. As its name suggests it is a website jam-packed with educational quizzes, that have been written by teachers, covering the full educational spectrum from KS1 right through to GCSE.
M is currently coming towards the end of his Reception year, a year of primarily learning through play, and will soon be diving head first into Year 1. He came home from school a few weeks ago and said he doesn’t want to go into year 1 because they have to sit at their desks all day and do ‘proper learning’ (it might also have something to do with the fact that the Reception kiddies at his school have own special play area with an amazing climbing frame that was specially built for them by the people at BeWILDerwood). I have explained to him that it’s not going to be like that at all – his school, as I hope most schools are, appear to be brilliant at making learning fun – but I suppose I can understand his fears.
He’s not one for sitting still and concentrating on a task for longer than a few minutes (unless that task is building something out of Lego). But he does like a bit of healthy competition, especially if it’s in the form of a little test or a quiz – it’s always lovely to see him walk out of school wearing a gold star sticker, and a beaming smile, because he did well in a Maths test or English quiz.
Over the last few days he has really enjoyed trying out some of the KS1 quizzes on the Education Quizzes website. When he first tried the KS1 Addition quiz he managed to achieve 7 out of 10 (which I thought was brilliant), but a little while later he asked if he could do it again, and this time scored 10 out of 10. He felt very proud of himself for achieving this score – and rightly so! I was very proud of him too, obviously!
When I asked M what he liked about the quiz he mentioned that he liked that he could take his time on it, and work out the answers at his own pace (obviously I am paraphrasing him here). He also said the quizzes are lots of fun, and he liked that he got to use ‘mummy’s computer’ to do them (a very rare treat!)
As with most services such as this, there is a cost attached to using the Education Quizzes site. It is £7.50 per month, however this is not on a fixed contract so you can cancel at any time. The people behind Education Quizzes are aware that this could be a big expense for some parents, so they have also put in place a hugely subsidised option for schools to subscribe as well. Depending on the number of pupils in the school, access to Education Quizzes could cost as little as £2 per pupil per year – a tiny percentage of the £4,500 each student is allocated annually.
M and I have really enjoyed trying out the quizzes over the last couple of weeks – I tried a couple of GCSE level ones and did appallingly. It’s amazing just how much you forget over the years. Perhaps the thing I liked most is that I have been able to get a good idea of whereabouts M is in his education journey, because trying to get a Four year old to tell you what they did at school that day is not always the easiest task (“I did nothing!” or “I don’t remember!”), and it means I have a better idea of what to expect over the coming year, and to be able to help him accordingly. And the fact that he asks to have a go at a quiz, without any pressure from me, is a sign of just how good the Education Quizzes website is. We will definitely be subscribing in the future.
We were kindly given access to the Education Quizzes website for the purpose of this review but, as ever, all words and thoughts are my own.