As children prepare for their SATS and the new SPAG test (spelling, punctuation and grammar) we have been trying to approach learning our spelling, punctuation and grammar in a more creative and enjoyable way. Year 6 became the teachers this week by making their own SPAG quizzes!
Using the Mantle of the Expert approach giving the children the responsibility of being the teacher had the children completely focused. The ‘Mantle of the Expert’ is a drama technique that was developed and refined by Dorothy Heathcote. It is based on the belief that children learn best if they have a relationship to the subject matter being covered that is more akin to that of an expert than a pupil.
Children used the app Tiny Tap to make their games. Tiny Tap is a free app that allows children to use photos to generate questions. They record themselves reading a question and then circle the part of the picture that is the answer. Within the app, you can import pictures from the camera roll, use the camera, use the web or the in built drawing tool. It is such a child friendly app that I have previously used lower down the school in KS1. – See here.
Giving the children the responsibility of using their knowledge of SPAG to produce these games certainly gave a purpose to the task. We discussed the different types of questions we could ask, most of which were very similar to some questions they will be answering in the test.
Questions such as listing different types of words and asking: which is the noun? adjective? adverb?
Listing different spellings of a word and asking which is the right one.
Writing a sentence with punctuation missing and asking where it needs to go.
It gave me a real indication of where the children are up to with their spelling, punctuation and grammar while providing a more engaging and enjoyable context for them to showcase their understanding. Here is an example of one of the games:
To view and play the children’s games follow these steps:
- Download the tiny tap app from the app store.
- Click on this link to see all the available quizzes.
- Download the quiz and open in “tiny tap.”
- Play and enjoy the game.
Next week, children will get the chance to play each others games.