Like many parents I want to ensure that my children really enjoy the summer holidays. However, I do wonder what impact this break from school will have on their education.
Our girls have been doing so well with their learning and reading. It seems a shame to go a whole six weeks without doing anything to support them and continue building on what they’ve already learnt.
That’s why when Twinkl asked me to review their website, I was pretty excited. I have reviewed them once before back in 2014, but now that the girls are leaving reception and heading into year one come September, I feel it’s more important to keep up with their learning so that they can go into year one with a wealth of knowledge.
Twinkl is an online website that has lots of educational resources and ideas for both parents of school children, home educators and schools. Some of the resources are free, whereas others are only available to those with a subscription.
There are three types of subscriptions available:
As I’m based in Wales, I’ve been looking at the resources available for parents in Wales. It was great to hear that they now have 8 fully qualified teachers on their Welsh team which means the number of Welsh resources has increased dramatically. You can view the Welsh family fun packs for the summer here.
Another handy section of the website is the Parents Section.
I love how easy it is for me to find the resources I’m looking for. You can either use the search bar to type in what you’re looking for, e.g. phonics, letters and sounds etc, or you can click on the categories found at the top of the page.
The categories are broken up as follows:
- EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage
- KS1, KS2, KS3/4 (Key Stages)
- SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)
When you click on a category, you’re then given more topics such as maths, reading, science etc.
Since I last used Twinkl, I’m pleased to see that it has grown tremendously. In addition to the printable resources, there are new areas such as TwinklGo, and more interactive sections with games such as this fun name an alien game!
I will pre-warn you now that when you visit the Twinkl website, you’ll need to make sure you have a lot of ink and printer paper ready, as you will want to print off everything you come across! They do have ‘eco’ versions of some resources which is a bit friendlier to the environment as it doesn’t use up as much ink.
I’ve printed off a lot of resources for our girls to work through during the summer holidays. As such I bought some cheap scrap books online and have created ‘workbooks’ for the girls by sticking in the resources that I’ve printed off. If you’d like to see the workbooks and what resources I printed off from the Twinkl website simply view the video below.
I’ve also put together a video of me navigating the Twinkl website if you wanted a closer look.
Here are some of the resources that I printed off.
Overall, I have to say that I’m very impressed with the range of resources available from Twinkl, in particular the welsh resources and the new interactive games.
For the purpose of this review I was given a 6 month subscription to Twinkl. All views and opinions are 100% my own.