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The Achieve Guide to

Running Booster Classes

ENGLISH
MATHEMATICS

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Contents
About the Achieve Guide to Running Booster Classes

Step-by-step guide to running booster classes

[Template] Letter to parents

[Template] Register for booster classes

Revision timetable

10

English revision scheme of work

12

Mathematics revision scheme of work

14

Key objectives tick sheets

16

Booster class reward sheet

18

Booster class attendance certificate

19

Introducing the Achieve Guide to


Running Booster Classes
Tough targets make for a tough life. We know only too well that teachers have
enough to worry about let alone the National Tests. This Achieve Guide to
Running Booster Classes has been designed to give you all the information and
ideas you will need to run successful booster classes in English and
Mathematics and to make the whole revision process as easy and as
manageable as possible for you.
All the pages in this guide are photocopiable. The planning sheets, letter,
register, timetables can all be copied and adapted as required, but may be
used without modification if you choose.

How to use this book

Dear Parents/Carers,
As you are aware, all Year 6 children will be taking the Key Stage 2
National Tests in May. As part of our preparation for these tests, we have
organised booster lessons to give the children extra practice and tuition
in English and Mathematics.

You can use the letter we have provided to gain


permission from parents and carers for children to spend
time at lunch or after school for the booster classes.
Sending this letter home will also help parents and carers
understand the importance of booster classes and the
National Tests.

Here is the timetable for these booster lessons, which start on [


and will run for [
] weeks.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

After school/
lunchtime

Friday

English
Maths
It would be of great benefit to your child if they could attend as many
sessions as possible.
The after-school lessons will start at [
pm] and finish at [
pm] .
Please let us know what arrangements you will be making for your child
to get home after these lessons by completing the form below and
returning it to us.
Best wishes,
Year 6 teacher(s)

Revision Timetable Example

I will arrange for my child to be collected following after-school booster classes.

Name

My child will make their own way home following after-school booster classes.
Please tick

Monday
7.00am

Key Eng.
vocab.

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Key Maths
vocab.

Mental
Maths
warm-up

Key facts Eng.

Key facts
Maths

Saturday

Sunday
Signed

Lie in!

Name
Sleep

8.00am

Parent/Carer

Please return to your childs Year 6 teacher by no later than [


9.00am

10.00am

Literacy hour Literacy hour Literacy hour Literacy hour Literacy hour
Numeracy
hour

Numeracy
hour

Numeracy
hour

Numeracy
hour

Numeracy
hour

Sleep
Play for the
school team

Swimming

11.00am
12.00am
1.00pm

Sunday lunch

2.00pm

Chill out

3.00pm
English
booster

4.00pm

Football club

Maths
booster

5.00pm

6.00pm

7.00pm

Tricky Bits Tricky Bits


L3 Eng.
L3 Maths

Spellings

Mult. facts

English
booster
homework

Spellings

Maths
booster
Tricky Bits Tricky Bits
homework
L4 Eng.
L4 Maths
(meet at
Alexs house)

Revision Timetable
Name

Ten-pin
bowling

Div. facts

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

7.00am
8.00pm

Read/bed

Read/bed

Read/bed

Read/bed

Sleep over?

8.00am
Following a timetable such as this would be hard but not beyond the realms of
possibility. if you plan correctly, you neednt sacrifice the things you prefer
doing. The timetable may look crowded but a lot of the planned features such
as Spellings or Key facts English only require 15 minutes at the very most.

10

9.00am

10.00am

11.00am

12.00am

1.00pm

Use the example Revision Timetable to explain


how someone might revise, keeping time for
having fun and chilling out!

2.00pm

3.00pm

4.00pm

5.00pm

Use the template Revision Timetable to


encourage children to plan their time leading up
to the National Tests.

6.00pm

7.00pm

8.00pm

11

English revision scheme of work

Focus topic for week

Achieve Level 4 English


Practice Questions

Page refs.

Page refs.

Page refs.

4243, 4855, 5859

4243

Revision timetable lesson


Vocabulary

Grammar: word classes

615

Grammar: subjects and verbs

2023

Spelling

4447, 5657, 60

Reading: fiction

Grammar: sentences

Reading: poetry

Achieve
Level 4 Mathematics
Practice Questions

Achieve Level 4
English Revision

Achieve
Level 4 Mathematics
Revision

Achieve
Level 4 Grammar,
Punctuation and Spelling

Focus topic for week

LEVEL 4
Week

LEVEL 5
Revision programme for children aiming to achieve a Level 5 in English

Week

Mathematics revision scheme of work

Revision programme for children aiming to achieve a Level 4 in Mathematics

LEVEL 4
Revision programme for children aiming to achieve a Level 4 in English

Grammar: standard English

LEVEL 5

Week

Focus topic for week

3437

Revision timetable lesson


Vocabulary

3237

2427

Grammar: word classes

69, 1617, 2021

Grammar: phrases and


clauses

1415, 1819

4445

3841
4

Spelling

3435, 4247, 5455, 60

Reading: fiction

Grammar: sentences

5455

5657

4849

5051

5052
2833
5356

Focus topic for week

12

Page refs.

Page refs.

Mental warm-up
Counting and understanding number

1617

1617

Mental warm-up
Counting and understanding number

25, 2829

25, 2829

Mental warm-up
Knowing and using number facts

2627, 30

2627, 30

Mental warm-up
Calculating

1824

1824

Page refs.
Mental warm-up
Counting and understanding number
Mental warm-up
Counting and understanding number
12
Mental warm-up

Achieve
Level 5 Mathematics
3841
Practice Questions

1415, 22

23, 2627

23, 2627

Page refs.

4345

3639

4647

4041

5253

5051

Reading: poetry

Grammar: standard English

Reading: non-fiction

5657

5253

5455

10

Punctuation

5455

11

Reading: non-fiction

12

Punctuation: speech

1013

2225, 5657

2633, 3841

4042
1923

4649

3637

13
1819, 3435

1819, 3435

1617, 2021, 2425, 3031

1617, 2021, 2425, 3031

Mental warm-up
Algebra

3133

3133

Mental warm-up
Algebra

2829, 3233

2829, 3233

Mental warm-up
Understanding shape

3438

3438

Mental warm-up
Understanding shape

3638

3638

Mental warm-up
Understanding shape

3943

3943

Mental warm-up
Understanding shape

3941

3941

Mental warm-up
Measuring

4447

4447

Mental warm-up
Measuring

4246

4246

Mental warm-up
Handling data

4849

4849

Mental warm-up
Handling data

4749

4749

10

Mental warm-up
Handling data

5052

5052

10

Mental warm-up
Handling data

5052

5052

11

Mental warm-up
Using and applying mathematics

5356

5356

11

Mental warm-up
Using and applying mathematics

5356

5356

12

Mental warm-up
Using and applying mathematics

5760

5760

12

Mental warm-up
Using and applying mathematics

5760

5760

14

Page refs.

4853

Page refs.

1415, 22

Mental warm-up
Calculating

Knowing and using number facts

Page refs.

2021, 2425, 3031

5253

Week

Achieve Level 5 English


Practice Questions

1619, 2631

Reading: non-fiction

non-fiction
Reading:
Achieve
Level 5 Mathematics
speech
Punctuation:
Revision

Achieve Level 5
English Revision

4647

Punctuation
10
aiming
to achieve a Level3237
5 in Mathematics3840
Revision programme for children
11

Achieve
Level 5 Grammar,
Punctuation and Spelling

15

Use the revision schemes of work to plan your


booster classes. They are designed to cover a 12week period and are separate schemes of work for
level 4 and level 5. We have suggested the sections
of the Achieve Revision and Achieve Practice
Questions books that you could use each week.
Annotate those and add your own resources too.

Key objectives tick sheet


Mathematics
Colour the face that reminds you how well you know each objective.

Key objective
Checking your answers
Multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100
Decimals
Reducing a fraction to its simplest form
Calculating fractions or percentages
Multiplication and division
Negative numbers
Simple formulae
Using brackets
Coordinates
Angles
Symmetries of 2D shapes
Units of measure
Estimating measures
The area of a rectangle

Use the key objectives sheets to help children to tick


off those concepts they understand and identify
those they need to do more work on.

Finding the mean


Finding the median
Finding the range
Finding the mode
Graphs and pie charts
The probability scale

Achieve page numbers






















Achieved!

17

Booster class
Attendace
Certificate

Reward great attendance and effort with Rising


Stars Attendance Certficate.

Congratulations to:

for successfully completing the


BOOSTER CLASSES
For:
School

Step-by-step guide to running


booster classes
Now follow the guide on pages 67 to help you
plan your booster class programme.

Step-by-step guide to running


booster classes
1
Discuss with your Year 6 pupils what is going to happen with regard to testing at
school during the coming weeks.
Points to mention might include:
The National tests in May are a chance to show what they can do.

It is important to prepare properly so that they will be able to do their best.


Give an idea of the 'timetable of events'.

The school will be helping them as much as possible.

100% attendance between now and the tests would be an advantage.

The build-up to the tests and the tests themselves will be good practice for their
secondary school careers.

Give a motivational talk about goals and how they can achieve them.

Tell them you will be running extra classes after school everyone is invited!

2
Inform the rest of the staff as soon as possible. Raise the subject of booster lessons at
the next staff meeting. Ask which members of staff would like to help run the classes
(with the possibility of remuneration if this has been agreed with the head teacher).

3
Timetable the booster classes. Highlight the available evenings or lunchtimes that
booster classes could be held. (Think about staff meetings, other extra-curricular
activities, Friday afternoons, premises issues etc.)

4
Finalise the planning. Decide on a date to start, who will run which classes,
how much they will be paid and when (if they are to be paid), the method of
pupil reward for attendance and where the lessons can be held.

5
Inform the parents/carers. Fill in the example letter (page 8) with the correct
times and dates (or write your own letter), photocopy it for each Year 6 child
and send it home as soon as possible.

6
Gather together the necessary resources: pens, pencils, maths equipment,
books/folders to write in etc. Decide how you will use the Achieve books. The
suggested revision schemes of work on pages 12 to 15 will help you to plan this.

7
Draw up a register (page 9) from the returned permission to attend forms.

8
Start the booster classes with the Revision Timetable lesson (page 1011).

9
Initiate the reward scheme during the first class (page 18). Encourage children to
use the Key objectives tick sheets (pages 1617) to record progress and
highlight areas that need further work.

10
Hold an assembly, soon after the first booster class, to praise the commitment
and work ethic of the Year 6 pupils. If needed, you could try to generate a real
feel-good factor around the school an opportunity to celebrate effort and
achievement!
At the end of the booster class programme, congratulate all pupils for taking
part in the classes and give them their Booster Class Attendance certificate
(page 19).

Dear Parents/Carers,
As you are aware, all Year 6 children will be taking the Key Stage 2
National Tests in May. As part of our preparation for these tests, we have
organised booster lessons to give the children extra practice and tuition
in English and Mathematics.
Here is the timetable for these booster lessons, which start on [
and will run for [
] weeks.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

After school/
lunchtime

Friday

English
Maths
It would be of great benefit to your child if they could attend as many
sessions as possible.
The after-school lessons will start at [
pm] and finish at [
pm] .
Please let us know what arrangements you will be making for your child
to get home after these lessons by completing the form below and
returning it to us.
Best wishes,
Year 6 teacher(s)

I will arrange for my child to be collected following after-school booster classes.


My child will make their own way home following after-school booster classes.
Please tick

Signed
Name
Parent/Carer

Please return to your childs Year 6 teacher by no later than [


8

Register for booster classes


English

Mathematics

(tick one box)

Name/Week

10

11

12

Revision Timetable Example


Name

7.00am

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Key Eng.
vocab.

Key Maths
vocab.

Mental
Maths
warm-up

Key facts Eng.

Key facts
Maths

Saturday

Sunday
Lie in!

Sleep

8.00am

9.00am

10.00am

Literacy hour Literacy hour Literacy hour Literacy hour Literacy hour
Numeracy
hour

Numeracy
hour

Numeracy
hour

Numeracy
hour

Numeracy
hour

Sleep
Play for the
school team

Swimming

11.00am
12.00am
1.00pm

Sunday lunch

2.00pm

Chill out

3.00pm
English
booster

4.00pm

Football club

Maths
booster

5.00pm

6.00pm

Tricky Bits Tricky Bits


L3 Eng.
L3 Maths

English
booster
homework

Maths
booster
Tricky Bits Tricky Bits
homework
L4 Eng.
L4 Maths
(meet at
Alexs house)

7.00pm

Spellings

Mult. facts

Spellings

Div. facts

8.00pm

Read/bed

Read/bed

Read/bed

Read/bed

Ten-pin
bowling
Sleep over?

Following a timetable such as this would be hard but not beyond the realms of
possibility. if you plan correctly, you neednt sacrifice the things you prefer
doing. The timetable may look crowded but a lot of the planned features such
as Spellings or Key facts English only require 15 minutes at the very most.
10

Revision Timetable
Name
Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

7.00am

8.00am

9.00am

10.00am

11.00am

12.00am

1.00pm

2.00pm

3.00pm

4.00pm

5.00pm

6.00pm

7.00pm

8.00pm

11

English revision scheme of work

LEVEL 4
Revision programme for children aiming to achieve a Level 4 in English
Week

12

Focus topic for week

Achieve
Level 4 Grammar,
Punctuation and Spelling

Achieve Level 4
English Revision

Achieve Level 4 English


Practice Questions

Page refs.

Page refs.

Page refs.

Revision timetable lesson


Vocabulary

4243, 4855, 5859

4243

3437

Grammar: word classes

615

3237

2427

Grammar: subjects and verbs

2023

Spelling

4447, 5657, 60

4445

3841

Reading: fiction

5455

4647

Grammar: sentences

Reading: poetry

5657

4849

Grammar: standard English

Reading: non-fiction

5051

5052

10

Punctuation

3840

2833

11

Reading: non-fiction

5253

5356

12

Punctuation: speech

1619, 2631

2021, 2425, 3031

3237

3841

LEVEL 5
Revision programme for children aiming to achieve a Level 5 in English
Week

Focus topic for week

Achieve
Level 5 Grammar,
Punctuation and Spelling

Achieve Level 5
English Revision

Achieve Level 5 English


Practice Questions

Page refs.

Page refs.

Page refs.

4345

3639

4647

4041

5253

5051

5657

5253

5455

5455

Revision timetable lesson


Vocabulary

4853

Grammar: word classes

69, 1617, 2021

Grammar: phrases and


clauses

1415, 1819

Spelling

3435, 4247, 5455, 60

Reading: fiction

Grammar: sentences

Reading: poetry

Grammar: standard English

Reading: non-fiction

10

Punctuation

11

Reading: non-fiction

12

Punctuation: speech

1013

2225, 5657

2633, 3841

4042
1923

4649

3637

13

Mathematics revision scheme of work

LEVEL 4
Revision programme for children aiming to achieve a Level 4 in Mathematics
Week

14

Focus topic for week

Achieve
Level 4 Mathematics
Revision

Achieve
Level 4 Mathematics
Practice Questions

Page refs.

Page refs.

Mental warm-up
Counting and understanding number

1617

1617

Mental warm-up
Counting and understanding number

25, 2829

25, 2829

Mental warm-up
Knowing and using number facts

2627, 30

2627, 30

Mental warm-up
Calculating

1824

1824

Mental warm-up
Algebra

3133

3133

Mental warm-up
Understanding shape

3438

3438

Mental warm-up
Understanding shape

3943

3943

Mental warm-up
Measuring

4447

4447

Mental warm-up
Handling data

4849

4849

10

Mental warm-up
Handling data

5052

5052

11

Mental warm-up
Using and applying mathematics

5356

5356

12

Mental warm-up
Using and applying mathematics

5760

5760

LEVEL 5
Revision programme for children aiming to achieve a Level 5 in Mathematics
Week

Focus topic for week

Achieve
Level 5 Mathematics
Revision

Achieve
Level 5 Mathematics
Practice Questions

Page refs.

Page refs.

Mental warm-up
Counting and understanding number

1415, 22

1415, 22

Mental warm-up
Counting and understanding number

23, 2627

23, 2627

Mental warm-up
Knowing and using number facts

1819, 3435

1819, 3435

Mental warm-up
Calculating

1617, 2021, 2425, 3031

1617, 2021, 2425, 3031

Mental warm-up
Algebra

2829, 3233

2829, 3233

Mental warm-up
Understanding shape

3638

3638

Mental warm-up
Understanding shape

3941

3941

Mental warm-up
Measuring

4246

4246

Mental warm-up
Handling data

4749

4749

10

Mental warm-up
Handling data

5052

5052

11

Mental warm-up
Using and applying mathematics

5356

5356

12

Mental warm-up
Using and applying mathematics

5760

5760

15

Key objectives tick sheet


English
Colour the face that reminds you how well you know each objective.
Key objective
READING COMPREHENSION
Non-fiction
Fiction
Poetry
GRAMMAR
Word classes
Statements, questions and commands
Complex sentences
Standard English
Subject and object
Active and passive
Im/personal
In/formal
Phrases and clauses
PUNCTUATION
Capital letters and full stops
Commas
Speech
Semi-colons and colons
Higher level punctuation
SPELLING
Prefixes and suffixes
Plurals
Doubling the consonant
Long vowels
Apostrophes of possession and omission
Homonyms and homophones
Silent letters
Etymology
VOCABULARY
Synonyms and antonyms
Ranking words
Comparative and superlative

16

Achieve page numbers

Achieved!

Key objectives tick sheet


Mathematics
Colour the face that reminds you how well you know each objective.
Key objective
Checking your answers
Multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100
Decimals
Reducing a fraction to its simplest form
Calculating fractions or percentages
Multiplication and division
Negative numbers
Simple formulae
Using brackets
Coordinates
Angles
Symmetries of 2D shapes
Units of measure
Estimating measures
The area of a rectangle
Finding the mean
Finding the median
Finding the range
Finding the mode
Graphs and pie charts
The probability scale

Achieve page numbers

Achieved!

17

Booster class reward sheet


Introduction

Attendance is crucial to the success of your booster classes. The initial


enthusiasm among the pupils may be high, but maintaining that enthusiasm
can be difficult, especially when the classes are after school.

To keep up the attendance levels, a good reward system will prove


invalauable. Each school has its own tried and tested methods of
encouragement but here is another idea you might find useful.

Name/Week

10

11

List the pupil names in the left-hand column. For each booster class they
attend, award them a sticker or a star (just like any other reward system).

However! If you can achieve a 90% or better attendance rate for the full
course of booster lessons, then fax or email a copy of the register and you
will be entered into the Rising Stars HALL OF FAME!
All schools that do this will have a chance to win some fabulous prizes for
their school AND individual awards of gift vouchers for their pupils.

18

12

Booster class
Attendace
Certificate
Congratulations to:

for successfully completing the


BOOSTER CLASSES
For:
School

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