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Classroom Secrets summary review

Date: 16.06.2022

Review phase: primary

Subjects covered: 

  • Cross-curricular
  • PSHE
  • English
  • RE
  • Maths
  • Science

Overall star rating for Classroom Secrets: 4.0/5

 

Overview comments:
Very good to show mastery 
Search function could be easier to use
It covers so many subjects - it's great
Good quality resource - have and will continue to use 
This is a very good resource that supports planning and teaching well 
It is used with other resources but not stand alone
Really good and neat and tidy resources
Some more open ended questions would be appreciated

 

How well does it match the curriculum?
 •  5* Really good for mastery 
 •  5* Good range of tasks
 •  5* The range, from lower ability to greater depth and everything in between, is the best thing about it
 •  5* All fits with White Rose Hub which we also use
 •  5* It has great lesson content and worksheets that are differentiated.
 •  5* It is really good, and easy to use. 
 •  4* Matches White Rose well
 •  4* It runs along the national curriculum, giving you links to differentiation.
 •  4* It is excellent for greater depth standard within the curriculum.
 •  4* Coverage on the website seems inline with Nat Curr expectations. 
 •  4* Can generally find resources that match my needs
 •  4* The resources available support the classroom leaning well and therefore save teachers’ time in planning and preparing lessons 
 •  4* Follows NC and White Rose steps 
 •  4* Covers curriculum progression as necessary 
 •  4* Particularly useful for SPaG 
 •  4* Good at being matched to White Rose
 •  4* Not a scheme we follow but dip in and out for activities
 •  4* It covers well and sets out as developing, expected and greater depth.
 •  4* It provides everything that you need 
 •  4* Follows the curriculum 
 •  4* Some mistakes!
 •  3* Good coverage of NC objectives
 •  3* Good for mastery
 •  3* Good enough 
 •  3* Similar depth in questions and links to SATs
 •  2* It does not grasp the concept of mastery in mathematics

 

How does it support adaptation for different learners?
 •  4* Activities have a range of ability 
 •  5* Pleased with the range of differentiation although could be through more varied ways rather than just bigger numbers
 •  5* Really strong
 •  5* Wide range of resources for all abilities
 •  4* It's great
 •  5* Clearly differentiated tasks
 •  4* One of the main strengths 
 •  5* All learning objectives are differentiated
 •  4* Full range of resources for differentiated classrooms 
 •  4* Good variety of levels of work to do 
 •  4* Teachers find the resources enable them to meet the needs of the range of abilities in their classes 
 •  2* Often what is called ‘greater depth’ are just larger numbers. That’s not greater depth.
 •  2* Differentiation needs further work. The level of challenges does not draw necessarily on mathematical concepts, but rather just increasing size of numbers at times
 •  4* Try, apply and deep questions
 •  4* Varied activities
 •  4* Three levels is great
 •  5* It provides lots of different representations to problems 
 •  5* Has work from year 1 to 6
 •  4* Sometimes just use bigger numbers
 •  4* Breaks each objective 3 ways
 •  4* Good differentiation 
 •  4* Enough content for pupils
 •  4* Always at least 3 levels of differentiation 
 •  2* Differentiation beyond size of numbers is limited

 

How well does it engage and motivate pupils?
 •  4* Pupils engage with the questions 
 •  4* Enjoy working through the stages and challenging themselves
 •  3* It can get a bit repetitive if overused
 •  4* Children like the range of questions well presented
 •  5* Children like the challenge of the sheets especially the problem solving
 •  4* Lots of different topics
 •  5* Children are engaged and motivated with the material 
 •  4* Teaching pupils with ASD the slightly formulaic structure supports them well
 •  4* The fact that it is so well differentiated
 •  5* High quality resources
 •  3* Sometimes appears rather wordy and repetitive
 •  5* Children choose and challenge themselves 
 •  4* Pupils are typically well engaged
 •  4* The resources are engaging 
 •  3* Quite well. The repetition can be comforting 
 •  4* Had no issues in engagement of using resources
 •  3* To be honest I only use it for extension purposes. 
 •  4* Children like the format of the questions
 •  4* Well presented and fun
 •  4* Children engage but activities  can be quite short. 
 •  4* Children are interested but needs to include an explanation of terms first 
 •  4* Children appreciate the format being similar most of the time
 •  4* Children apprear to enjoy
 •  4* Bit boring and nothing too exciting but good coverage 
 •  2* Similar type of responses required. Creativity and variety left to teacher 
 •  4* It is often easy for them but does not build understanding or application

 

How well supported is it by any included formative assessments?
 •  3* It's not linked well to ARE, but it is ok for teacher assessment. 
 •  4* The tasks are used part of formative assessment 
 •  3* I struggled to find the assessment
 •  5* Used to inform formative assessment 
 •  4* Good resource to make quick in-lesson assessments
 •  3* Assessment opportunities are available through compression tasks but limited in writing and spag. 
 •  4* Well
 •  4* Marksheets are accompanied but there are regular mistakes in them 
 •  5* Good range of assessment tools
 •  3* Not used as often as other tasks.
 •  3* Would be better if it had end of topic tests 
 •  3* Need to follow WRM
 •  1* No assessment
 •  4* Clear and well matched content
 •  4* Assessment tasks available. 
 •  1* Does not assess the right skills

 

How well does it support planning?
 •  4* Easy to resource, 
 •  4* Pretty self-explanatory and well sequenced.
 •  4* It works well alongside other resources
 •  5* All there for you.
 •  5* It matches the White Rose scheme 
 •  5* Gives guides and powerpoints
 •  4* Well matched to the curriculum
 •  4* Lots of relevant  material to save time
 •  5* Matches White Rose 
 •  5* Saves me time
 •  4* This saves teachers a lot of preparing time 
 •  4* Can be used as a framework and linked to resources. 
 •  4* Useful for planning topics
 •  3* Especially in the early days when I was unsure of some of the terminology 
 •  4* Good powerpoints linked to the tasks
 •  3* It matches what we need most of the time. 
 •  4* It is fairly detailed 
 •  4* All lessons planned 
 •  4* We just use it and annotate it
 •  4* Easy to follow and saves time finding resources
 •  4* Used as an add on rather than main planning 
 •  5* Everything you need
 •  3* Provides a basis for planning but need to edit to for needs of class and school
 •  2* Teachers can think it is good and be taken away from what is actually useful

 

What improvements could make this better value for money?
 • 3* Expensive if funding yourself as a teacher
 • 4* Reasonably pricey but there is a lot of content
 • 5* Quite cheap for the amount of stuff you get
 • 4* Very good value
 • 5* Really well priced
 • 4* It's not as expensive as some 
 • 4* Paid for personally, so highly valued
 • 5* good monthly price for access to all materials
 • 4* Affordable
 • 4* Good value 
 • 4* Can be used across topics e.g. maths so presents opportunity for a range of resources 
 • 3* Okay 
 • 4* Provides a fair value for money
 • 3* It is quite cheap for a vast amount of resources 
 • 4* Very good
 • 4* Really worth the money
 • 4* Good value for money 
 • 5* Reasonable
 • 4* Reasonable price and competitive 
 • 3* Good as one of several resources to dip into
 • 2* Ofsted and County would consider a lesson unsatisfactory if they saw Classroom Secrets being used

 

How well does it support home use / independent learning?
 •  3* Can use for homework 
 •  3* Not sure it would've been parent-friendly in lockdown
 •  4* Good resources for home learning that we do use
 •  5* We used it throughout home learning
 •  4* You can send sheets home, but there aren't electronic videos or anything
 •  3* Paper based 
 •  4* Slide shows and independent pupil activities do this well
 •  3* Resources could be adapted for this
 •  4* Easily adapted tro home learning
 •  3* Paper based
 •  4* Can be set as homework
 •  3* Unknown as not used for this
 •  4* It has been easy to send home
 •  4* Children are able to follow the PowerPoints 
 •  3* Videos help at home

 

 

 

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