Check out a great search engine, instGrok, which can be used by pupils and staff to research a topic.
Simply search the topic you’re wanting to research and you will be provided with an interactive map which makes the connections between different pieces of research to enable learners to gain holistic understanding and evidence around a topic.
Check out the demonstration video on the home page to find out more information about the site.
To all Literacy Toolbox users.
Recently completed analysis of Literacy Toolbox use produced the following.
Virtually every Year 6 pupil expected to achieve Level 3 English achieved at least Level 4 with a significant proportion achieving Level 5 when they completed the recommended daily regime as follows:
One term programme.
Mon Any Reading comp exercise. A Dictation exercise
Tues Any Reading comp exercise. A Sentence Builder exercise
Wed Any Reading comp exercise. A Dictation Exercise
Thu Any Reading comp exercise. A Spelling Course exercise
Fri Any Reading comp exercise. A Dictation Exercise
This regime was maintained for Term 1 until Xmas and varied thereafter to include the Grammar, Punctuation exercises etc. Schools which focused exclusively on the reading exercises and did not include the Dictation exercises performed less well. Based on this strong evidence, we urge those who are focusing exclusively on the reading exercise, to consider inserting a daily writing exercise into the syllabus, We can provide similar regimes for all year groups.
I hope this information is useful. We welcome all feedback.
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See it in action in
In a secondary school at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-wlbCFVzto
In an independent school for dyslexic children at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBDmOYllL04
In an Australian primary school at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCV1Ql-x8xs
In a London primary with 98.4% EAL and above average KS 2 English http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJA12gc1wb4&feature=youtube