I have been using booklets in my Year 5 Science lessons for a number of years now and feedback from pupils and parents has always been extremely positive. For me, the main advantages of using booklets are as follows:
The format is standardised – pupils receive a printed copy of the booklet at the start of each unit – there is always much excitement when they do!
They are an excellent resource for pupil practice e.g. in preparation for assessments
They include space for structured / semi-structured notes
In preparing the booklets, I am made to think deeply about the content and structure of each and every lesson
I integrate practicals into the booklets and provide the science technicians with a copy so that they can plan well in advance
They are extremely useful for cover lessons and absentees
They contain shed loads of questions for independent practice and extension activities to stretch and challenge
In the long-term, I have found that they save paper and prevent any last minute print jobs
Adam Boxer wrote a fantastic blog on booklets and how he uses them in his lessons, available here.
Let’s take a look inside my Year 5 Science booklets…