Younger children's spelling also markedly improved. But more than half the 600,000 who took the tests entered secondary school unable to spell words like pollution, structure or necessary; 80 per cent couldn't spell environment. P> In reading, boys had a slight improvement in the last two years, but still lag behind girls. The QCA says key stage 1 pupils need to build confidence in writing in a wider range of forms. Less able children need to concentrate on understanding what a sentence is and on the use of full stops and capital letters.
The reports, Standards at key stage 2: English, mathematics and science and Standards at key stage 1: English and mathematics are available in the Curriculum and Assessment section of the QCA website: www.qca.org.uk