SPAG competition quiz for KS2 Year 6 SATs revision

SPAG competition quiz for KS2 Year 6 SATs revision

This quiz is ideal for two teams of between 4 and 8 but could probably be played with larger groups. It has four rounds including a buzzer round and speed round. There are questions that require team work and some that rely on every member of the team individually. Topics focus mainly on word classes, tenses, punctuation, synonyms and antonyms, clauses, phrases and pronouns. Enjoy!
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Identifying different phrases (noun phrases, adverbial phrases and prepositional phrases)

Identifying different phrases (noun phrases, adverbial phrases and prepositional phrases)

The one side of the sheet explains that phrases are unlike clauses in that they have no verbs. It then explains what the three different types of phrases are and gives examples of each. On the second side of the sheet, there are twelve examples of phases that need to be coloured/highlighted/underlined to show which type of phrase they are. Then there are two sentences that involve all three types of phrases and these too need breaking down into the different phrases.
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The importance and use of direct and indirect speech (reported speech)

The importance and use of direct and indirect speech (reported speech)

This is not simply an activity of changing one to the other. The focus here is about how to make your writing more mature. The first two thirds of the worksheet are an explanation of how indirect speech can be used to avoid the narrator relaying every part of a conversation. It warns against long, tedious and even boring conversations, showing how indirect speech can speed up the narrative to keep the reader interested and the author in control. The last third of the sheet shows a conversation using direct speech and here the pupils should be challenged to seek out the more important and less important parts in order to turn some of the conversation into indirect speech.
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Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms and Antonyms

There are four activities here. 1) Circle the word that is the antonym of the main word given. 2) Circle the word that is the synonym of the main word given. 3) Colour the words that are the antonyms and synonyms of the main words given. 4) Improve sentences by choosing a stronger synonym to replace weaker vocabulary.
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Maths competition quiz for KS2 Year 6 SATs revison

Maths competition quiz for KS2 Year 6 SATs revison

This quiz is ideal for two teams of between 4 and 8 but could probably be played with larger groups. It has four rounds including a buzzer round and speed round. There are questions that require team work and some that rely on every member of the team individually. Questions focus mainly on topics that come on the arithmetic paper but also on volume, area and angles. Enjoy! Edit: The first version I put online had a couple of simple errors which have now been corrected for future downloads. Apologies to anyone who was using it before I noticed the problem. Also, I have noticed that it might be worth the teacher printing out the slides if you want the answers before revealing them on the projector (e.g. in the rounds where teams can steal points from each other).
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Paragraphs for upper KS2

Paragraphs for upper KS2

There are two activities here, one more tricky than the other. The first gives about 15 different sentences which all form the opening of a story. The sentences need to be sorted into three paragraphs about setting, character and problem. Even within the paragraphs, they need sorting into a logical order. They are designed in such a way that you could cut them up and move them around until you're happy. The second activity is a short story that is written as one big chunk of text. This requires the children to mark where the new paragraphs should start. About 5 paragraphs are needed.
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Speech punctuation (inverted commas, setting out speech)

Speech punctuation (inverted commas, setting out speech)

This resource, over two pages, has four activities increasing in difficulty. The first two give the pupils sentences in which they need to identify and circle the actual spoken words. Having done this, they can attempt to write out the sentences in their books with the correct punctuation. A modeled example is given. The third activity asks the children to insert the punctuation on the sheet for a five-line conversation. The final activity is a conversation between two characters. The one character has all of his lines already written on the sheet. The second character's responses need to be written by the pupils.
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The balance of speech and narrative in conversations

The balance of speech and narrative in conversations

This resource seeks to highlight the fact that many children rely too heavily on speech when they are writing conversations. It gives an example of a speech relay (to-ing and fro-ing with speech line after line), which children so often fall into the trap of writing. It then shows how adding some narrative and description in amongst the speech can help the reader picture what's going on better. With two examples of classic children's novels, the children are encouraged to assess the balance of speech and narrative for themselves. Finally the children are given a speech relay which they are asked to 'flesh out' with some narrative to make a good balance for a more mature piece of writing.
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Improve vocabulary (word meanings and dictionary work)

Improve vocabulary (word meanings and dictionary work)

This resource shows a story (with a moral a bit like a fable) which has ten words highlighted within the story. These could be used as the initial focus for vocabulary for the lesson. There are also ten blank lines in the story and ten words at the bottom of the page. Children need to insert the words in the correct places in the story. With dictionary work, this could take a whole lesson or be good for a homework activity. The twenty words are: contradict companion endangered lingering significance imitate curious immobile gracious robust wander dubious sombre benefit ample despair sufficient resemble significance flawless tribute.
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Writing skills book hunt (skimming and scanning looking for key skills)

Writing skills book hunt (skimming and scanning looking for key skills)

In this activity, pupils need a fiction book to hunt for examples of authors using writing skills. Writing skills needed include those such as short sentences for drama, starting sentences in different ways and using different words for 'said'. It also asks them to find examples of ellipsis, exclamation marks, proper nouns, hyphenated words and commas in lists, among other things. For each of the skills/examples required, there is an example given on the sheet to act as a model and to remind the pupils in case they have forgotten.
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Uplevelling writing and word order for more able writers. Colons and Semi-colons.

Uplevelling writing and word order for more able writers. Colons and Semi-colons.

I used this for homework for more able Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. The first page is about taking ordinary sentences and making them more interesting by looking at word order for creating tension or excitement, and then following them with shorter sentences for contrast and drama. The second page looks at the uses of colons and semi-colons, modelling examples before asking the children to write their own.
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Sentence types: Statements, Commands, Questions and Exclamations

Sentence types: Statements, Commands, Questions and Exclamations

This double-sided sheet introduces these four sentence types, explaining what they are are what punctuation they need. It looks at statements, commands and questions first before checking understanding with a simple quick identification exercise. It then looks at exclamations (as these are a little harder to explain) and gives another 5 sentences for children to identify whether they are statements or exclamations.
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Simile matching and writing activity

Simile matching and writing activity

This resource allows for work on eight sentences of similes, using 'like', 'as' and 'as if'. It is a cut, match and stick activity. The first five sentences require the children to match the starts and ends of sentences, with pictures to try and help them see the connections. The last three sentences have the starts of the sentences and blank boxes for them to create their own endings, with enough room to draw a picture to help show the comparison. Images have been labelled as appropriate for reuse via the advanced search of Google images.
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Commas for clauses worksheets (subordinate, embedded, relative, brackets)

Commas for clauses worksheets (subordinate, embedded, relative, brackets)

This resource comprises two differentiated two-sided worksheets. The first looks at identifying main and subordinate clauses, using ~ing words at the start of a subordinate clause, extending sentences with 'which', inserting brackets around clauses as a way of introducing embedded clauses. It also sees whether they can spot/identify relative clauses and relative pronouns. The second (higher) double-sided worksheet looks at writing sentences with subordinate clauses (using conjunctions, ~ing words and 'which'). On the second side, it gives examples of embedded relative clauses and then asks the pupil to complete more sentences that have already been started. I used this for homework and revision after the Y5/Y6 pupils had already been taught the main concepts and sentence constructions.
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Apostrophes for possession / belonging / possessive

Apostrophes for possession / belonging / possessive

Here we have all of the resources for a lesson on possessive apostrophes that assumes some children will know the basics already. It would be good for the first lesson *you* have taught them on it, assuming they have done it sometime last year, or as a revision lesson after a long break. It starts with the whole class reading an article and spotting missing apostrophes before focusing in on some whiteboard work using pictures as prompts. A partner work/table group game (which could be made competitive or even silly/funny if you like!) is then followed by some written activities to go in the book. Plenary and homework provided too!
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Alan Peat 2a sentences (adjectives, commas for lists)

Alan Peat 2a sentences (adjectives, commas for lists)

A lesson to introduce Alan Peat's 2a sentences, presented in a word document so that it can be edited for your needs as required. Pages 1,2,4 can be presented on the IWB screen to the children. These involve the introduction, individual/partner activity using whiteboards and the instructions for the plenary activity (which involves editing and improving a previous piece of the child's English work with this new skill). Page 3 needs to be printed as the worksheet for the main activity (finding 2a sentences in a short story and then writing some of their own 2a sentences with prompts for ideas).
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Introducing and explaining column addition and its place value

Introducing and explaining column addition and its place value

This resource is designed for groups who are in the early stages of column addition. It is used a bit like a smartboard (although it's in word) as its examples need to be worked through with the children. Visually, the questions are shown with arrow cards to help show that adding 2 and 6 in the tens column is the same as adding 20 and 60. This also helps if you are then able to provide this resource children to use 'hands on' in the lesson. For questions that require carrying, the appropriate 10 or 100 is available at the bottom of the page to drag up in to the questions. The first questions are TU + TU with no carrying, reaching HTU + HTU with carrying by the end.
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What algebraic expressions mean

What algebraic expressions mean

This is a good resource for pupils beginning in algebra, especially those who like to know exactly what's going on and why. The left hand column of the resource gives written examples showing that, for example, 3 x a x a can be written as 3a(squared). It proves this by working the same example through with numbers. 3 x 4 x 4 = 3 x 4(squared) = 48. The right hand column requires the pupil to have a go at writing a simplified algebraic expression based on the pattern in the left column. There is room to do a 'numbers version' if that helps. At the bottom, there is a challenge to work the idea backwards, expanding expressions such as 6fg to find out what's really going on inside that expression.
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Fractions problem solving

Fractions problem solving

Based on a GCSE exam question, this worksheet has four examples of tables that need filling in. Answers are provided and a helpful hints box at the bottom helps pupils to get started if needed.
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Algebra Basics Bingo

Algebra Basics Bingo

These three games are a good introduction to algebraic terms and expressions and are designed for two players. In two of the games, the question cards will have something like b + b + a + a and the players need to see if they have the simplified answer 2b + 2a on their grid. In the third game, the question card might show yz + z and the pupil needs to expand it to y x z + z to see if they have it on their grid.
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