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…