Collins Primary Literacy years 3-6.
Each year group includes: Pupil Book 8.99 [pounds sterling]; Homework
Book 3.50 [pounds sterling]; Teacher's Guide 39.99 [pounds sterling]; Software 150.00 [pounds sterling]
(purchase the whole scheme, contact www.collinseducation.com/reps for price.)
This scheme encourages use of a range of strategies develop all the elements the English curriculum in interesting and interactive way. The Teacher's Guides each year explain the objectives for each unit, and give detailed lesson plans, photocopiable masters, and tables of assessment criteria linked to the National Curriculum.
The pupil books are attractive, with texts from a range respected authors and poets. The non-fiction includes up-to-date issues of interest to children (mobile phones, computer games). The follow up activities contain comprehension, drama, discussion, paired and independent writing, differentiated grammar, vocabulary and punctuation exercises. Accompanying homework books containing a variety of tasks related to the units are available. As consumables at 3.50 [pounds sterling] each, they may be thought expensive.
The most attractive element of the scheme is accompanying CD containing a looped warm up to each unit with pictures, music, and drama. All the texts in the books and further texts are there, in written and oral (if wished) formats, with pre-existing annotations to be selected, and the facility highlight, and add and save further annotations. There are also television and radio programme extracts, short films and interviews. There is good, focused and interactive writing support. The constant repetition of 'Well done' and 'Brilliant' after each question becomes a little tedious (if patronizing), though one can always have the sound off.
For a school wanting to buy a new up to date scheme, Collins Primary Literacy is certainly worth considering, as it provides coverage of National Curriculum and NLS requirements, supports the development of all elements of English and promotes a variety of teaching and learning methods. It based on extracts of good quality, though this may not suit those who dislike using them. There is clear progression through the years. Even for schools that do not need an all-encompassing scheme, the CDs alone would make a valuable addition to their English resources.
NATE Primary Committee