7yo is a happy girl at school, and whilst she really does enjoy it, we can see she struggles with her Numeracy. If she doesn’t understand something immediately, she switches off and refuses to allow any information into her brain until she decides she can actually do it. Then it becomes easy! If only we could cut out the middle section then life would be easy wouldn’t it! As we can’t we do a lot of extra practice with her at home to help her gain confidence with Numeracy in particular, but also Literacy as well.
Ed Place is an educational resource aimed at both parents at children. The site is written by teachers, all on the National curriculum, with the site being split into work sheets over Maths, English and Science topics focusing on Kay Stages 1-4.
The site is easy to navigate as a parent, and can be separated between parent and child which is a good idea. I found the initial transition between logging in as the parent and then handing the reins over to 7yo to complete the worksheets a little confusing but we got there in the end.
How does it work?
As a parent, you can browse via subjects, key stage, age range etc and choose a selection of work sheets you would like your child to complete. Each sheet can be seen fully by the parent to gauge an idea of whether it’s what you’re looking for. If so you can then assign to your child (or children – each different child can have their own sub account to have worksheets assigned to them).
As you can see there are plenty of work sheets to choose from.
Once the child is ready to complete the worksheets you have assigned, they need to log in to their own setting you will have previously created for them. The worksheets are then available to be completed.
Each worksheet contains ten questions and at the end the child is given a score sheet and the questions and answers to check through. This is useful to go over the wrong answers to understand the correct answer.
7yo enjoyed seeing the results and was happy when she could see the 100% badge showing up.
From the parents point of view once the child has completed their sheets, you can go back in and have a look at how your child has done. It’s useful to see which questions they got wrong, and to try to understand why chose the answers they did. You can see stats such as your child’s average scores, how many work sheets they have completed.
There is a section in the parent side for you to set a reward. For example you can choose to let your child know if they complete a certain amount of work sheets, or get certain scores then you will provide a reward such as a day out for example. This isn’t provided by the site, and I don’t think this section is overly useful for 7yo, but for older children, or children unwilling to complete the sheets then I think this has a good use.
Ed Place have just introduced a badge system to their site. This is just a selection of the badges you can gain. Once achieved they change colour as they are filled in. A lot of them say “Ace” or “Expert” in their titles so I imagine the child will have to be getting 100% in sheets to see these results.
We haven’t gained any of the expert or ave badges, and 7yo hasn’t really grasped the desire to achieve a badge. She has been happy enough to see the 100% show up at the end of a work sheet. The badges section I think will work according to the needs of the child.
So what does it cost?
The site works on a subscription basis. You can choose to subscribe per month to an individual subject for £8 per month, or all three subjects for £12 per month.
Annual costs are £64 per individual subject or £96 for all three. They do currently have a 14 day trial for £1.
Is it worth the cost?
Ed Place have some really good aspects to the website. The work sheets are well written and easy to use. As a parent, the fact I can find the correct key stage for the correct subject quickly is a bonus.
Some of the work sheets you would probably be able to find elsewhere on educational sites in different formats and laid out differently for no cost, but there wouldn’t be the log bond between the parent and the child.
I look upon Ed Place as an online tutor without having the physical person sitting next to 7yo guiding her. If you are looking for a tutor without the high cost, then this site is well worth the money you will pay in subscription fees.
Disclosure – we received a free trial in return for this review but all opinions are our own