Posted in SATs, SPaG, Year 6

Amazing Adjectives!

Adjectives are words that describe nouns, giving us more information about what the noun looks like, feels like, smells like, tastes like etc. They let us build up a picture in our minds! For example:

I saw a cat.

Let’s add in an adjective!

I saw a ginger cat.

We can add more than one adjective, to make the picture even clearer:

I saw an enormous, ginger cat.

COMPARATIVE ADJECTIVES compare the noun to something else and they often end in -er.

I had the bigger slice of cake.

Be careful – you can use ‘more’ or ‘less’ with an adjective to make it a comparative one:

My dinner was less tasty than the cat’s.

SUPERLATIVE ADJECTIVES show us that the noun is the least, most, worst or best.  They often end in -est, like smallest, biggest, loudest, quietest.

We can also use ‘most’ or ‘least’ with an adjective, to make a superlative adjective:

Monday is my least favourite day of the week!

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Posted in SATs, SPaG, Uncategorized, Year 6

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar – SPaG!

ben-mullins-785450-unsplashOne of the test papers in the Year 6 SATs exams is all about spelling, punctuation and grammar.  So if your child comes home and is worried about fronted adverbials, passive voice, present perfect tense, superlative adjectives and you’re scratching your head – you’re definitely not alone!

You and your child use ALL of the above every day and they aren’t as scary as you think!

What are they testing in SPaG

The Key Stage 2 assessment for English Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar is in two parts – a grammar, punctuation and vocabulary test and a separate spelling test.

The first test is looking at seven different areas:

1)  Grammatical terms and word classes – that’s where those scary terms like abstract nouns and subordinating conjunctions come in!  Find out about nouns and pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, determiners and the subject and object!

2)  Functions of sentences – these are the different types of sentences, such as questions and commands.

3)  Combining words, phrases and clauses – finding different phrases in a sentence and what their purpose is.

4)  Verb forms, tenses and keeping them consistent within a sentence or piece of writing – recognising different tenses and being able to form the verb to match the tense.

5)  Punctuation – from capital letters to colons, you need to know where they can go!

6)  Vocabulary – knowing the meaning of words

7)  Standard English – recognising formal language and using it instead of informal, chatty language.

We’re taking a look at each section over on Instagram this week, but don’t worry – there will be a catch up here too!

(And honestly, it’s much easier than you think!)

So, are you ready to be the SPaG superstar your child can turn to?  Then hold tight for SPaG week!


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