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I can do English

The principles of I can do maths can also be applied to English to bring equally impressive improvements to literacy when used for intensive English skills practice.

I can do English

Constantly revisiting key areas

I can do English uses the Schofield & Sims English Skills series to build functional skills in English. The English Skills books follow a similar format to the Schofield & Sims Mental Arithmetic books, providing graded questions that develop pupils' literacy skills at Key Stage 2.

Key areas are constantly revisited, giving pupils the intensive practice that is essential if they are to become functionally literate.

With a structure that is similar to that of Mental Arithmetic, every Schofield & Sims English Skills book is divided into three sections, each comprising 12 one-page tests covering spelling, word structure, vocabulary, sentence formation, punctuation and grammar. Each test is divided into three parts:

  • Part A: Warm-up questions - puzzles and other activities that focus on areas covered earlier.
  • Part B: Word work - questions covering spelling, word structure and vocabulary.
  • Part C: Sentence work - questions covering sentence formation, punctuation and grammar.

Formative assessment

As with I can do maths, there are English Skills Entry tests, Marking keys, a Group record sheet and instructions and teacher's notes. These can either be downloaded for free or photocopied from the copymasters in the Schofield & Sims English Skills Teacher's Guide.

Download Sample Page from English Skills book 3

English Skills Teacher's Guide

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This Teacher's Guide provides a full introduction to the workbooks, each of which is aligned with the end-of-year objectives for a specific school year, from Years 2 to 7.

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English Skills Books