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- 24-7-20 Writing sentences BBC Bitesize - Revise writing sentences using capital letters, full stops and joining words (and, because and if).
- 23-7-20 Revise writing the days of the week and using verbs BBC Bitesize - Revise how to write the days of the week in order and use them in writing.
- 22-7-20 Illustrating your writing BBC Bitesize To be able to illustrate your own writing and learn how you could win a Blue Peter badge.
- 21-7-20 BBC Bitesize - To practise your phonics skills with the Small Town Superheroes.
- 20-7-20- Handwriting BBC Bitesize - To be able to identify all the different types of letters and form them correctly.
- 17-7-20 BBC Bitesize - Using the books Daisy and the Trouble with Life, Cyril and Pat and Cake you will write your own letter to the author and make a cardboard character.
- 16-7-20 Planning and writing a story BBC Bitesize - To be able to plan and write your own amazing story.
- 15-7-20 Settings in stories BBC Bitesize - be able to understand what setting means in a story and to focus on adventure stories.
- 14-7-20 What makes good characters BBC Bitesize - To be able to identify characters in stories and come up with your own characters.
- 13-7-20 What is a story? BBC Bitesize - To learn what stories are and understand that they can be split up in to sections; a beginning, middle and an end.
- 10-7-20 Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren BBC Bitesize - to learn how to summarise information and write creatively.
- 9-7-20 Alliteration BBC Bitesize - To be able to identify alliteration in sentences and write your own.
- 8-7-20 Handwriting BBC Bitesize - To be able to identify long ladder letters and write sentences that contain joining words.
You can still follow this English lesson but please remember that at
North Crescent we use the cursive script below to form these letters.
You can download the sheet below to help you to form these letters correctly.
- NCPS H- writing Activity 1 BBC 8-7-20.pdf
- NCPS H-writing Activity 2 BBC 8-7-20.pdf
- 7-7-20 Description words BBC BItesize - To be able to identify and use description words in writing.
- 6-7-20 Action words BBC BItesize - To be able to identify action words and use them in sentences that use different tenses.
- 3-7-20 George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl BBC Bitesize - To summarise information from an extract and write a description inspired by Roald Dahl.
- 2-7-20 Alphabetical Order BBC Bitesize - To be able to place items in alphabetical order using the first three letters of a word.
- 1-7-20 Handwriting BBC Bitesize - To be able to correctly form curly caterpillar letters and use them when writing sentences that contain exclamation marks.
- NCPS H- writing Activity 1 BBC 1-7-20.pdf
- NCPS H-writing BBC 1-7-20.pdf
- 30-6-20 BBC BItesize - To understand what counting poems are and try writing one yourself.
- 29-6-20 Practising and writing questions BBC Bitesize - To practise spelling and understand how to identify and write questions correctly.
- 26-6-20 Ella Bella Ballerina and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by James Mayhew BBC Bitesize - Using the book Ella Bella Ballerina and A Midsummer Night’s Dream you will learn how to find information in a text and write creatively.
- 25-6-20 Handwritiing BBC Bitesize - To understand how to correctly form one-armed robot letters and use them in your writing.
- NCPS H- writing Activity 1 BBC 25-6-20.pdf
- NCPS H-writing Activity 2 - BBC 25-6-20.pdf
- 24-6-20 National Writing Day Challenge BBC Bitesize - Today you'll practise your creative writing skills by taking part in the National Writing Day 24/7 writing challenge.
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- 23-6-20 Comprehension BBC Bitesize - To understand what comprehension is and be able to write sentences and answer questions based on what text you've read.
- 23-6-20 Comprehension BBC.pdf
- 22-6-20 Using verbs BBC Bitesize- To be able to identify 'doing words', or verbs, in sentences and use them in your own writing.
- 19-6-20 Spike: The Hedgehog Who Lost His Prickles by Jeanne Willis BBC Bitesize - Using the book Spike: The Hedgehog Who Lost His Prickles you will learn how to summarise a character and to write a prediction.
- 18-6-20 Describing words in adverts BBC Bitesize - To be able to identify describing words (adjectives) and use them in your writing.
- 17-6-20 - Handwriting long ladder letters BBC Bitesize - To correctly form long ladder letters and use them in your writing.
- NCPS H-writing BBC 17-6-20.pdf
- 16-6-20 Days of the Week and joining words BBC Bitesize - To be able to identify the days of the week as proper nouns and use them in sentences containing joining words.
- 15-6-20 Identifying errors BBC Bitesize - To be able to identify errors in writing.
- 15-6-20 identifying errors.pdf
- 12-6-20 The Night Box by Louise Greig BBC Bitesize - Using the book The Night Box you will learn how to explain what words mean and to write a diary entry.
- 11-6-20 Four types of sentences BBC Bitesize - To be able to identify and write the different types of sentences.
- 11-6-20 BBC Bitesize.pdf
- 10-6-20 Zig zag letters and commas in lists BBC Bitesize - To correctly form zigzag letters and use commas in lists when writing.
- NCPS H-writing BBC 10-6-20.pdf
- 9-6-20 Using contractions in writing. BBC Bitesize - To be able to identify words that have been contracted (made shorter) and use contracted words in your writing.
- 8-6-20 Word endings BBC Bitesize - To build your knowledge of word endings and develop your vocabulary.
- 5-6-20 Suffix - ly BBC Bitesize - To accurately form curly caterpillar letters and use them in sentences that contain the suffix -ly.
- NCPS H-writing BBC 5-6-20.pdf
- 4-6-20 Using exclamation marks BBC Bitesize - To be able to identify exclamation marks and use them in sentences.
- 3-6-20 Suffixes BBC Bitesize - To understand what suffixes are, be able to identify them in words and start using them in your writing.
- 2-6-20 Writing command sentences BBC Bitesize - To be able to identify command sentences and use them in your writing.
- 1-6-20 Types of sentences BBC Bitesize - To understand how to correctly write different types of sentences.
There are no BBC Bitesize lessons being broadcast this 'half term' week.
Click on Weekly English Home learning packs instead.
- 22-5-20 Daily Book Club: Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies by Pamela Butchart BBC Bitesize - Using the book Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies you will learn how to summarise information from an extract, sequence events and write an advice speech bubble for the children.
- 21-5-20 Days of the week BBC Bitesize - To correctly write the days of the week in order and use them in writing.
- 20-5-20 Using one-armed robot letters when describing. BBC Bitesize - To understand how to correctly form one-armed robot letters and use them when writing labels and descriptive sentences.
You can still follow this English lesson but please remember that at North Crescent we use the cursive script below to form these letters.
- NCPS Bitesize handwriting 20-5-20.pdf
- 19-5-20 Using coordinating conjunctions BBC Bitesize - To understand how to use coordinating conjunctions like because, if and when in sentences.
- 18-5-20 Identifying and using homophones BBC Bitesize - To understand that some words sound the same but have different meaning and put these into practice.
- 15-5-20 Cake by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet BBC Bitesize - Using the book Cake you will learn how to decide if a statement is true or false and to explain what words mean.
- 14-5-20 Using exclamation marks BBC Bitesize - To be able to correctly use exclamation marks in sentences.
- 13-5-20 Forming zig zag letters BBC Bitesize - To correctly form zig zag letters and use them when writing sentences.
You can still follow this English lesson but please remember that at North Crescent we use the cursive script below to form these letters.
- North Crescent Primary School Handwriting script Zig zag letters.pdf
- 12-5-20 Using conjunctions to join sentences BBC Bitesize - To use joining words when writing sentences about the ocean.
- 11-5-20 Using phonics to develop vocabulary about exploring BBC Bitesize - To refresh your phonics knowledge and apply it when writing sentences about exploring.
- 7-5-20 Reading lesson: Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett BBC BItesize - Using the book Cyril and Pat you will learn about answering questions using the text, inferring what characters might say to each other and explaining what words mean.
- 6-5-20 Forming long ladder letters BBC Bitesize - To correctly form long ladder letters and use them when writing sentences.
- North Crescent Primary School Handwriting script
- 5-5-20 Using commas in lists when writing statements. BBC Bitesize - To be able to correctly use commas in lists when writing statements.
- 4-5-20 Develop vocabulary through phonics BBC Bitesize - To refresh your phonics knowledge and apply it when writing sentences with unfamiliar words.
- 1-5-20 Reading lesson - Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg BBC Bitesize - Order events in the story and explain your opinion of the the book Funnybones .
- 30-4-20 Creating sentences with description. BBC Bitesize - Use some description both verbally and when writing sentences and join ideas in sentences using words like 'and', 'because' and 'if'.
- 29-4-20 Creating a minibeast factfile using joining words. BBC Bitesize - Write a fact file about minibeasts using joining words to make sentences more interesting.
- 28-4-20 Writing sentences using capital letters, full stops and joining words. BBC BItesize - Write sentences using capital letters, full stops and joining words (and, because and if).
- 27-4-20 Forming letters correctly and using alliteration. BBC Bitesize - How to form letters correctly and use alliteration in writing.
- 24-4-20 Reading Lesson - Daisy and the trouble with life by Kes Gray BBC Bitesize - Explore a new story, answer questions about the story, summarise what is happening and predict what might happen next.
- 23-4-20 Creating lists in sentences and writing command sentences BBC Bitesize - Correctly write command sentences as well as listing items in a sentence.
- 22-4-20 Using descriptive words BBC Bitesize - Create sentences with description by using noun phrases (adjectives with nouns).
- 21-4-20 Writing and asking questions BBC Bitesize - Understand when to use question marks and that questions can start with many different words. Understand how to write a diary entry.
- 20-4-20 My favourite story BBC Bitesize - Talk about your favourite story and explain why you like it using words like 'because' and 'when' .
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StudySmarter: The BBC Bitesize Alternative to Improving Your Grades!
In the ever-evolving landscape of educational apps, a name that often resonates with quality is BBC Bitesize. It's been a cornerstone for many, offering diverse content that caters to GCSE and A Level students. But hang on a minute – could number one free learning app Vaia be the new game-changer on the block? Let’s dissect what BBC Bitesize's reviews and available subjects bring to the table and weigh it against the innovative prowess of StudySmarter!
What is BBC Bitesize?
Simply put, BBC Bitesize is an educational website managed by the BBC that aids students who are enrolled in the UK’s education system. But it’s so much more than that! The term ‘Bitesize’ hints at the platform’s novel approach to learning – turning complex subjects into manageable, ‘bite-sized’ chunks of information. The website was launched in 1998 and covers a lot of learning material from different exam boards.
- Relevant to all stages: BBC Bitesize is relevant for students of all education levels – from primary school to GCSE, and even A-levels.
- Wide variety of subjects: BBC Bitesize covers topics across subjects like Maths, Sciences, English, Art and Design, and Humanities.
- Multiple formats: It presents materials in various formats including textbooks, videos, and interactive games, offering different learning styles to suit individual needs.
Fun fact: The BBC Bitesize website also includes sections for adult learners and teachers, providing resources for lifelong learning and professional development!
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Explore the Features in BBC Bitesize
Let’s look at the main features of BBC Bitesize:
- Personalised learning journey: This feature prompts you to select the topics you’re studying and your target exam dates to create a personalised learning plan.
- Track your progress: As you complete activities and quizzes, your progress is marked and stored for you to review anytime.
- Timely reminders: This feature will prompt you about pending tasks and upcoming topics according to the plan you set, to keep your learning on track.
- Exam-ready resources: BBC Bitesize offers past papers and exam preparation tools covering multiple exam boards, including AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, and CCEA.
Let’s say you’re studying for your GCSE Maths exams. You can choose the GCSE Maths course, input your exam date, and BBC Bitesize will design a personalised study plan. As you complete topics and quizzes, your progression is marked off, giving you a clear view of your study progress!
BBC Bitesize also focuses on inclusivity and offers resources beyond academic content by offering career advice, wellbeing guidance, and study tips , ensuring a well-rounded learning environment.
BBC Bitesize Subjects
The GCSE platform on BBC Bitesize is an educational powerhouse, providing vital support to students preparing for these critical exams. BBC Bitesize covers most subjects at the GCSE level. For each subject, the curriculum is thoughtfully segmented into manageable portions. Here are the subjects BBC Bitesize covers:
- Core Subjects: English, Maths, and Science (which is divided into Biology, Physics, and Chemistry)
- Humanities: History, Geography, and Religious Studies.
- Arts: Drama, Music, and Art & Design.
- Practical subjects: Technology, ICT, Food and Nutrition, and Physical Education are also available.
- Other Subjects: Business, Sociology, Psychology, Media Studies, and Law, among others.
Be it for compulsory education or simply fueling curiosity, BBC Bitesize is a treasure trove of knowledge offering an in-depth look into a variety of subjects, ensuring continuous learning for students of diverse interests and goals.
BBC Bitesize Price
You may be wondering whether you have to sign on for a subscription or monthly plan with BBC Bitesize. The good news is that the website and all its resources and interactive games is completely free!
Reviews of BBC Bitesize
How does BBC Bitesize fare upon a deeper inspection? It’s time to dissect its features, content, and user experiences for an unbiased review.
From a content perspective, BBC Bitesize excels with an extensive range of subjects right from Key Stage 1 to A-Levels. This is particularly reflected in BBC Bitesize’s GCSE and A-Level resources, known for their depth and alignment with the curriculum of multiple exam boards. Beyond the subject matter, the platform incorporates elements of cross-curricular learning, cultivating skills like problem-solving, creativity, and ethical and cultural awareness among learners.
BBC Bitesize ensures that their resources remain available for desktop users and for those using mobile devices, via the website or dedicated app. Their content is also attainable through special arrangements, such as continuity of learning during COVID-19 lockdown and the provision of learning resources on TV channels like BBC Two and the CBBC Channel.
User Experiences with BBC Bitesize
A key indicator of BBC Bitesize’s value is the experiences of its actual users. Students and teachers alike report benefiting enormously from the platform.
Students often describe their learning experience with BBC Bitesize as engaging and efficient. Many report drastic improvements in understanding and memory retention thanks to the interactive elements and the use of diverse learning aids like videos and infographics. The quizzes are popular, aiding both self-assessment of understanding and recalling information.
Teachers, on the other hand, cite their relief at the collection of reliable, curriculum-aligned resources. They especially appreciate the division of content into ‘Classes’ and ‘Revision’ sections. This allows them to directly suggest resources for learning new materials or revising old ones.
In sum, the positive user experiences resonate with BBC Bitesize’s commitment to providing an enriching learning environment. This makes it a pretty impressive online learning platform in the UK.
StudySmarter: The Free Flashcard App Alternative
The StudySmarter app (web and mobile) is COMPLETELY free! There are no monthly plans– all of our explanations, study sets, flashcards, study plan, note-taking tool, and textbook solutions are all free. Sounds wonderful, right? You just need to create your account, tell us a bit about you so that we can create a tailored study plan for you, and voila – you’ll officially be a smarter student 🤓.
Check out our posts dedicated to our app and how it works, so we won’t repeat ourselves!
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Moreover, StudySmarter also offers study tips and advice for exam revision so you can feel confident in your academic success!
Overall, we would say we have a much better user interface and user experience , and our mobile app offers a lot more than BBC Bitesize. Our blue and green colour theme (if we base this on the psychology of colours) is also meant to be calming and relaxing, which is what you need when you’re stressed with your studies. With StudySmarter, you can also access and create your own study sets so you’ll have everything stored in one place (notes, summaries, explanations, and flashcards).
Our flashcards feature is something we’re really proud of. With our flashcards (you can browse millions created by other students or create your own), you can assess how confident you are with each one , and we’ll always show you the most relevant flashcards based on your answers to help you learn more effectively. Plus, if you want to create your own flashcards, you’ll have a lot more creative freedom – we have tons of formatting tools , including the ability to draw freehand, change the background colour, and insert equations. You can also import flashcards you may have elsewhere (such as with Quizlet), and you can add hints to your flashcards, too!
Finally, StudySmarter’s flashcard feature also offers spaced repetition to help with your memory retention and optimise how and what you learn! Amazing!
StudySmarter currently offers StudySmarter Original Study Sets (which come with explanations, FAQs, and flashcards) on the following topics:
- English Language
StudySmarter focuses on high school and college-level subjects, including the A-Level, AP, and University curricula. Also, students can share their own content on our platform , so if you search for your university in the app, you’ll find content specific to your courses and university!
BBC Bitesize vs StudySmarter: Comparison
Let’s examine more closely the comparison between BBC Bitesize and StudySmarter.
BBC Bitesize categorises information into three sections to cater to learning and revision needs. In contrast, StudySmarter stresses the use of its smart algorithms to implement personalised learning environments automatically. While both employ multimedia resources like videos and text, StudySmarter focuses on flashcards and leverages spaced repetition techniques for improved memory retention.
A benefit of BBC Bitesize is its focus on the UK curriculum and its main exam boards. StudySmarter, on the other hand, works with educational publishers to deliver content to the US, Spain, and France. Take a look at the table below for more comparison of their features.
In summary, both BBC Bitesize and StudySmarter present compelling ways to approach online learning. Despite the differences, each platform stands out with its unique offerings. Thus, factors such as learning styles, curriculum requirements, and personal preferences play a crucial role in determining which platform suits best your learning needs. Remember, the goal is to facilitate your learning journey, be it through BBC Bitesize, StudySmarter, or any other resource that helps you reach your educational objectives.
StudySmarter: A Worthy UK Alternative to BBC Bitesize
And there we have it! We’re going to give StudySmarter a pat on the back as a worthy UK alternative to BBC Bitesize because apart from focusing on the UK school curriculum, we also focus on the US curriculum (and our learning platform is all about promoting active learning!).
Both BBC Bitesize and StudySmarter have their own fantastic features and learning materials. Plus, both learning resources are completely free ! But if you really want an all-in-one learning platform (with an awesome app) where you can truly take your studies into your own hands, StudySmarter is definitely a great option! We’ve got everything you need to succeed, neatly packed into a powerful app.
All the best in choosing the right learning resource for your exams and studies; we’re rooting for you! Go get that gold! 🥇
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New BBC Bitesize podcasts to launch on BBC Sounds
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First ever BBC Bitesize revision podcasts to help students prepare for their Biology and English Literature GCSEs
The first ever BBC Bitesize revision podcasts will launch on BBC Sounds and BBC Bitesize on 31 March to help students revise and prepare for their Biology and English Literature GCSEs.
Delivered via engaging on demand audio, all of the podcasts are curriculum-linked, checked by teachers and mapped to GCSE exam boards, offering learners an accessible way to study. here will also be a podcast called Study Smart that offers useful exam and study tips that students can apply to all their subjects.
Helping listeners unlock the science of studying, Study Smart is a podcast series hosted by influencer Ibz Mo. In his trademark witty style, Ibz will share all the secrets of the studying pros – cognitive scientists and psychologists - to equip pupils with the skills needed to ace exams and essays. Topics covered will include planning for essays, making best use of flashcards, taking strategic study breaks to recharge and how to manage stress.
Bitesize Biology will guide students through the curriculum for Single Science Biology and Biology in GCSE Combined Science in all the major GCSE exam boards. The digestible, 10-minute episodes use storytelling, music, rhyme and rhythm to make the key points of this knowledge-rich subject easier to memorise and bring it to life for students.
Presented by Dr Alex Lathbridge, who holds a PhD in Biochemistry, the seven series of the podcast cover major topics including “The Cell”, “Inheritance, variation and evolution” and “Ecology” as well as “How to tackle science exams”. Each series is structured progressively to move from the basics to the more advanced points in the exam specifications, with emphasis on explaining the trickiest parts and common mistakes.
Bitesize English Literature opens up and explores seven of the most popular set-texts across the GCSE exam boards, to make the plots, themes, characters and language more accessible to students – whether they’re studying the text for the first time, or revising for the exam.
Award-winning poet, writer and broadcaster Hollie McNish takes a thematic approach to Frankenstein, Romeo and Juliet and Meera Syal’s Anita and Me. Each text gets its own series in which Hollie speaks with a guest ‘nerd’ who is an expert, specialist, or someone who has a personal connection with the text being discussed. These episodes link each theme with a contemporary issue, allowing students to approach the text from different perspectives. Guests include spoken word poet Polarbear (Frankenstein), poet and playwright Nafeesa Hamid (Anita and Me) and hip hop MC, beatboxer and writer Testament (Romeo and Juliet).
Journalist and broadcaster Carl Anka and Scottish author, ancient historian and content creator Jean Menzies will delve into GCSE English Literature texts Blood Brothers, Macbeth, Jane Eyre and An Inspector Calls to explore the plots, themes, characters and language in detail in further series’ of the Bitesize English Literature podcast.
Each of the episodes will begin with an excerpt from the text, recorded by an actor or well-known voice. Using the opening excerpt as a focus point for discussion, this will allow the hosts to go deeper into the episode theme.
Head of BBC Education, Helen Foulkes said: “We are thrilled to launch the brand new BBC Bitesize revision podcasts to help students learn some of the best revision techniques ahead of their GCSEs this summer. Charismatic hosts and a range of top educational names combine to take subjects like Biology and English Literature and bring them to life for our listeners.”
Access the podcasts here.
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