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8 of the Best SATs Resources for the KS2 English SPaG Papers

Help your Year 6s get their apostrophes and commas in order and make sense of tense with these free activities and worksheets...

  • 8 of the Best SATs Resources for the KS2 English SPaG Papers

Of the two sections of the SPaG papers it’s the ‘P’ and ‘G’ that form the biggest part, taking around 45 minutes in total.

Not that the ‘S’ isn’t important, but we’ll leave spelling for another post. Today we’re going to focus on resources to help prepare your pupils for the grammar and punctuation side of things.

So without further ado, here are the resources. Please let us know if any sentence below has an apostrophe missing, and explain why it needs an apostrophe (we won’t ask you to identify any adjectives, however).

1 | Tricky grammar worksheets

These KS2 grammar teaching sequences have been designed to help children revisit and remember a key grammatical concept from the National Curriculum programme of study.

The sessions provide a motivating and memorable image to stimulate discussion, before introducing the grammar element. Children have time to practise using this feature, before undertaking a short writing task to apply what they have learnt in the context of creative writing.

Each resource includes teacher notes and a pupil worksheet. Click these links below to check them out:

2 | Interactive SPaG displays

Not just classroom wallpaper!

This pack contains six interactive posters illustrating key grammar, punctuation and spelling concepts.

Each poster uses an amusing or interesting image accompanied by word balloons to explain a GPS concept. These word balloons are optional. Blank balloon templates enable you to use the children’s own ideas or to add to the existing examples.

The SPaG posters included in this pack are:

  • Colons to introduce a list
  • Parenthesis
  • Hyphens
  • Commas to clarify meaning
  • Semicolons, colons and dashes
  • Bullet points

Get this resource here.

3 | Practice makes perfect

Last year we saw the introduction of a new spelling, punctuation and grammar test, so while past papers are a great help, it’s vital students look at the 2016 ones in particular.

The DfE website has the papers to download here.

4 | Parental guidance

Of course, parents wanting to help their child with practice papers at home will not have the same expertise as a teacher (unless, of course, they are/were a teacher themselves).

Give them all the guidance you can, but if you need to give them something they can refer to at home then this guide from The School Run will help them use past papers at home, as well as marking them.

Here’s the link to point them in the right direction.

5 | Pronouns and cons

Staying with The School Run for a minute, there are a selection of free worksheets available to non-subscribers of which you may want to take advantage.

There’s one on subject-verb agreement, another on modal verbs, as well as pronouns, relative clauses and identifying silent letters.

Click the individual links above to download, or find them all here.

6 | A tense game

In Requiem for a Nun, William Faulkner, the godfather of Southern Literature and American modernism, wrote: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

While these beautiful and haunting words say so much about the American south’s difficult relationship with race, slavery, the civil war and other elements of its history, I’m pretty sure they’ll just confuse things when it comes to KS2 SATs questions on present and past tense.

Best leave the kids to find Faulkner later in life.

Until then, this ‘Present Tense to Past Tense’ board game will help them consolidate learning in a fun, stress-free way.

You can download and print out the board and rules on Twinkl, here. (You can buy this Faulkner masterpiece here.)

7 | Pick a card

These cards feature the names of different terms related to spelling, punctuation and grammar, along with their definitions. You can cut them out and laminate them, use them as a display, get children to create a SPaG dictionary or glossary or play a matching pairs game where children and challenged to find the correct definition for each term.

You can find the SPaG cards here, or see the full list of printable resources here.

8 | Best in show

An easy way to get pupils to take in important information without it feeling like ‘work’ or ‘revision’ is to display it in your classroom so they’re surrounded by it every day. They can refer to it during exercises and will no doubt see it and internalise some of it without even realising.

These colourful illustrated posters will help your children get to grips with the grammar and punctuation vocabulary for Year 6, and they includes explanations of: passive, active, subject, object, synonym and antonym.

Download and print them here.

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