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Busy Things review by Dan

Date: 07.07.2022

Review subject: Cross-curricular

Phase: Primary

Reviewer: Dan, Subject coordinator

  • City LA school 1414 pupils in Leeds
  • Ofsted rating: Good
  • FSM: 13.7%


Review rating:

Average rating across all Busy Things reviews: 4.3/5

Good resource


How well does it match the curriculum?

Well: It covers the curriculum as well as we expected

Matches the spec and includes fun ideas


How well does it support adaptation for different groups of pupils?


Teacher has to adapt it


How well does it engage and motivate pupils?

Reasonably: We can’t use it too often or for too long

Students seem to enjoy the resources but it does depend on the teacher delivery to bring them to life


How well supported is it by any included formative assessments?

Well: We could (or do) use it for monitoring individual pupil progress

Built in assessment opportunities


How well does it support planning?

Well: It’s fairly self-contained and can be used with minimal preparation

Very methodical resources


How well does it support home use / independent learning?

Reasonably: It could be used at home or independently, but pupils would need some extra support or resources

Allows discussion activities and independent task


How would you rate it for value for money compared to similar resources?

Reasonably: It represents about the same value for money as similar resources I’ve seen

competitively priced


Would you recommend it to a colleague in a similar school to yours? 8/11


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