Letts Wild About workbooks – Review & Giveaway

Letts are synonymous with high quality educational resources – from text books in the classroom to revision guides and workbooks to use at home, Letts can be trusted to be there every step of the way through your child’s education.  

Already at home we have used a range of Letts Workbooks including First Counting & First Words – the bright colours and age appropriate tasks were appealing to both Ben and Chloe when they were younger and I remember them being keen to whizz through and do the whole book at once! 

Last week, Letts introduced a new range of titles to their already impressive collection.  The Wild About series supports the new National Curriculum and covers English and Maths topics throughout the primary age phases from age 3-5 (Nursery / EYFS) to 10-11 (Year 6 / Upper KS2).  Carefully designed by qualified teachers to make Maths and English super fun and engaging, these books are designed to support your child in developing and practising key skills which should already have been learned at school.

  

I love that the books are clearly labelled as to the age they are aimed at as not every parent is confident what school year / key stage their child is in!  (Particularly if, like in Ben and Chloe’s school, the classes are randomly named after jewels or the start the juniors in “Class 1” – it can get really complicated!)

As soon as Ben and Chloe saw their new Wild About workbooks they were keen to get started!  Chloe is just finishing Reception and turns 5 this month so she was sent the Age 5-7 Addition & Subtraction book, whereas Ben is just finishing Year 2 and will turn 7 later this month so he has the Age 6-7 Maths book.  I expected, based on the age ranges of the two books, that Chloe should find her book quite challenging and Ben to find his much easier.  

The books are brightly coloured and packed with interesting facts about wild animals and the maths activities are often (though not consistently) linked to the animal featured on that page – for example in Ben’s Maths book the section on “Statistics” is all about rain fall in the rain-forest and the number of katydids on a school field (apparently katydids live in tropical rain-forests and woodlands all over the world – I’d never even heard of them!)  

Ben’s Maths book covers a range of mathematical topics and rather than start from the beginning of the book and work through, he chose to dip into Fractions – mainly, I think, as he felt confident doing them so he knew he wouldn’t have to think to hard!  (Ever the stereotypical boy . . . )

Each page starts with a quick age appropriate explanation of the subject area to be covered, which Ben had no trouble reading, then a number of activities to check understanding and practice those key skills.  The answers can then be found in the back of the book – meaning that if you’re not completely confident in your own Maths skills (especially as methods are often very different to the way we were taught ourselves) you don’t have to worry too much!

Just in time for keeping those brains ticking over during the summer holidays, I’m offering you the chance to win a set of five Wild About workbooks tailored to your child’s age range!

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  1. Anonymous
    July 5, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    We love animals, have experienced looking after various pets as a family. Family members have bred various animals :- dogs, budgies, pigeons, canaries. So seen some births, young, youngsters grow and develop into adults. Spend time outdoors, enjoying natural surroundings of trees, ponds, wildlife etc. Visit zoos, Sea Life Centres, Aquariums etc.

    Learning is life long, we enjoy learning as a family, sharing books, outings etc.

    Rachel Craig

  2. July 5, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    I always show my children I am still interested in learning new things.

  3. July 5, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    i work at a vets & love to take my children to see different animals we get in & how we can help them get better

  4. July 5, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    My daughter loves to learn I love to learn along the way with her since having a child she has learnt me things I never knew before 🙂

  5. July 5, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    we are always venturing outdoors and doing new things

  6. Tee simpson
    July 5, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    We make it fun and I always love answering their questions

  7. July 6, 2016 / 3:35 am

    I let my daughter explore and be the leader whenever possible.

  8. July 6, 2016 / 3:35 am

    I let my daughter explore and be the leader whenever possible.

  9. July 6, 2016 / 6:30 am

    Make it fun and talk about it slowly and in depth

  10. July 6, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Encouraging them to try new things and making learning fun.

  11. Anonymous
    July 6, 2016 / 9:54 am

    outdoor exploring, telling them what the plants trees and animals are @msedollyp

  12. July 6, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    we discuss lots of subjects, we encourage questions and have lots of books available, our little chap soaks up information like a sponge!

  13. Kim Styles
    July 6, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    we walk the dog long walks in the countryside taking pictures and learning about nature- its a love of wildlife I share with her

  14. July 6, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    To make it exciting and possible playing whilst learning

  15. Anonymous
    July 6, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    I think there is no better way of learning about wildlife than outdoor exploring. CHERYL HADFIELD

  16. July 7, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    Having a dog to walk means we're always strolling around parks, trails and fields so we're always coming across new plants and animals. We actually saw a Slow Worm the other day and my little boy screamed, but I explained it wasn't a snake but a 'legless lizard'…a bit like daddy after he'd been to the pub! 😉

  17. Solange
    July 8, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    We make it fun and talk about it slowly.

  18. Catherine @ Story Snug
    July 12, 2016 / 7:06 am

    We learn as much as possible through play but these workbooks look great for consolidating any practical learning.

  19. July 12, 2016 / 6:24 am

    make it exciting to see and try new things 🙂

  20. July 12, 2016 / 7:06 am

    These books look like they make learning about maths and numbers really simple and fun. Fantastic!

  21. July 12, 2016 / 7:25 am

    This looks great for the little ones,I use math u see for fractions which come with fraction overlays, very hands on, we love it. #triedandtested

  22. July 12, 2016 / 7:31 am

    We are about to enter the world of school in September and I can see how great books like these will be. Especially like you say over the long summer holidays. Thank you for hosting lovely x

  23. July 12, 2016 / 8:27 am

    The Letts workbooks are excellent. I used them when my son was little.

  24. July 12, 2016 / 8:32 am

    Your two are the same ages as my youngest two – Jack (5) hates anything academic so I wonder if this would coerce him into some sneaky learning?

  25. July 12, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Big man has lots of fact books that he loves. Sharks are his favourite!

  26. July 12, 2016 / 9:02 am

    aw these look good – hopefully it helps the more reluctant student to learn 🙂 #triedtested

  27. July 12, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Those books look great – just the thing for reluctant readers #triedtested

  28. July 12, 2016 / 9:11 am

    I love Letts workbooks and often by them for the summer holidays. These wilds ones look really fab!! Will have to get some of these #TriedTested

  29. Emma Lofthouse-Burch
    July 12, 2016 / 10:12 am

    We home ed so these would be great for us. I make learning fun by creating lots of hands on play.

  30. July 12, 2016 / 9:44 am

    Fab giveaway. Looks like your little ones really like these x #triedtested

  31. mummydaddy mia
    July 12, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    My mum used to buy us all these types of books to complete during our school holidays and as Mia is due to start school next year, I'm on the lookout for these types of books to get her started with. I have recently bought her a dry wipe book to start practicing letters as she's good at mark making but hasn't started making proper shapes yet. These books look great and make it far more fun for children to learn! 🙂

    #triedtested

  32. July 12, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    I'm really starting to see the value of work books and activity books with my preschooler daughter. A great way to provide some learning fun at home that's supporting what they're learning at school. #triedtested

  33. July 12, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    They look like really engaging books – although I have to admit I saw fractions and inwardly groaned 😉 Great review #triedtested

  34. July 12, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    Having puzzles and quizzes always helps keep children engaged with learning

  35. July 12, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    These look good for the long summer break. And Letts is a trusted brand. I remember having their Brownie diary each year. We will be exploring our local Common to see what we can discover #triedtested

  36. July 12, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    These look fab! My eldest would especially love them!

  37. July 12, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    My kids love being creative so I make learning creative

  38. July 13, 2016 / 6:36 am

    Will have to keep a note of these for when my two are a little older, they look fab! I love the animal aspect, definitely makes them look much more colourful and fun x

  39. July 13, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    I remember studying for my GCSEs and A-levels with Let's guides! #TriedTested

  40. July 13, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    We like to make songs up about what we have been learning

  41. July 14, 2016 / 10:57 am

    Letts books always look fab, it's great that they've brought out a new range to keep kids entertained with interesting animal facts. #TriedTested

  42. Sian - The Mama Story
    July 16, 2016 / 9:05 am

    Wow I remember Letts from my secondary school days! Though the GCSE revision books looked a bit more boring than those ones, they look like fun! I've tried some pre-school workbooks from M&S with my 4 y/o but she hasn't really been interested but maybe these will interest her a bit more!

  43. July 16, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    What fab books, I like to inject plenty of fun into learning with our home schooling and it looks like these books do just that. Will look out for these 🙂 x #TriedTested

  44. Odd Socks and Lollipops
    July 18, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    These look great, it's so great that they can keep learning interesting – I am sure Boo would love something like this when she is older

  45. July 19, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    Lots of fun books & day trips to places like zoos & museums

  46. July 21, 2016 / 10:45 am

    Try to make it as fun as possible then they sometimes don't realise they are learning

  47. July 25, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    My little boy is already wild about learning but we do like to get outside and learn whilst we explore too! x

  48. Victoria MyLittleLBlog
    July 25, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    oh I love educational magazines with a bit of fun involved

  49. July 26, 2016 / 8:07 am

    I am lucky My son loves learning different things and always asking lots of questions so he finds interesting

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