GONE are the days when learning was a daunting task. With the launch of The Witness’ Witty workbook, learning is guaranteed to be fun, interactive and educational.The Witty workbook, a pilot project for Grade 1, will be officially launched during the September holidays.Whether they’re adding up numbers or learning language skills, the pupils will be answering questions and doing sums to revise work done in class.The mathematics includes the understanding of numbers and counting skills, as well as concepts like size, content, weight, quantities, patterns and the relationship between things. The workbook also contains life skills, which include crafts for children and simple recipes to keep them occupied during the holidays. Speaking about the project, Media24 advertising manager Marikje van Bosch said the Grade 2 and 3 Witty workbooks would also be implemented in 2020.“Next year, we will have workbooks for Grade 1, 2 and 3 for the March, July and September holidays. We are also still researching the possibility of launching a book for Grade R,” she said.The workbook is an affordable, effective way of delivering curriculum work to pupils in the city and will be rolled out to our local offices in KZN as well. “The pupils can follow the steps and practise their maths, English and life skills. The material helps us interact better with the children and the language used is simple.”Among other things, the teachers use educational techniques and drawings to illustrate basic maths skills.Van Bosch said the book, which is aimed at assisting pupils in government schools, is based on the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) for term three and was compiled in conjunction with senior educators.“It’s going to assist the pupils to do revision work and also have fun during the holidays. Although the workbook is based on their school work it also contains content that is fun,” she said.South Africa was ranked last out of 50 countries in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy study, which tested the reading comprehension of pupils in their fourth year of primary schooling. About 78% of South African pupils at this level could not read for meaning, a further reflection of how South Africa is lagging behind other developing countries, when it comes to literacy.Van Bosch, who is a mother to a Grade 3 pupil, said she had noticed that some workbooks did not contain fun content to keep foundation phase pupils interested. “The holidays are long, and they forget what they have learned in the previous term. I wanted to have a book that will have an educational side and a fun element,” she added.“The recipes and fun activities are simple, and with a little help from an adult, Grade 1 learners will have lots of fun baking and making things for themselves.“There’s no doubt this workbook will benefit the pupils. It’s simple to use, it makes the work understandable and it looks attractive.”The cover price for the book is R20. The revision content book will officially be introduced to principals and schools by The Witness team this week, and Van Bosch said for each book sold by a school, the school gets to keep R5. “This will definitely assist schools to have an additional fundraiser for them during the year,” she said.