Key Stage 2 English (Year 3 to 6) Age 7-11
At the end of Year 6, English SATs are broken down into Reading and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar). We use a combination of past papers and material from a variety of publishers to ensure that students are fully prepared and confident ahead of their exams. We focus on KS2 SATs exams but at the same time, we take steps that will benefit students in the long-term.
It's very important that children develop a strong understanding of the English language in primary school. The ability to write coherently with good spelling and punctuation is something that will benefit them throughout their academic life and beyond. Often children make simple mistakes but these are overlooked rather than being rectified. For example, knowing the difference between 'their' and 'there', putting apostrophes in the right place or knowing when to use 'fewer' instead of 'less'. A tutor is able to pick out mistakes in the writing of a student and ensure that appropriate changes are made. This is a gradual process which no doubt has long-term benefits.
Writing tasks help to develop creativity - children who do not write will struggle later on when they have to write lengthy articles in secondary school. The habit of writing must be encouraged from a young age. We set a variety of writing tasks as homework to ensure that students become accustomed to writing. Some of our writing tasks are: reviewing a TV programme, describing an experience from the past, writing a story about an adventure or a letter to the local MP.
Regular spelling and vocab tests are also arranged - encouraging children to learn new words on a weekly basis. Our students not only learn ambitious words but also use them in their writing.
We also help children to develop speaking skills by allowing them to speak about topics. This helps to develop confidence and self-esteem.
A wide range of comprehension material is used to help children with their reading - we select diverse and interesting material ranging from articles about films and social media to non-fiction material such as articles based on the invention of the light bulb.