KEY STAGE 2: English Is Easy –
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Key Stage 2
English Is Easy – English Comprehension
From the ages of 7 to 11, children will have to undergo numerous assessments in their academic studies. The most important assessments which a child will sit are what is known as the Standard Assessments Tests, more commonly referred to as the SATs.
These tests are used throughout the education system in order to monitor children's progress in different subjects. Their progress is assessed against other pupils who are born in the same year.
Our KS2 English Is Easy: Comprehension guide not only provides you with the opportunity to practice your comprehension skills, but it also allows you to recap important information that you should have been taught in the classroom.
In order for a child to do well in their English comprehension assessment, they need to be able to demonstrate the following skills:
- Being able to read and make sense of the text;
- Being able to pick out key information from the text;
- Being able to analyse important key words and phrases from the text;
- Being able to interpret the text in your own way;
- Being able to “read between the lines” to understand what the author means by something.
THE NEW NATIONAL CURRICULUM
As of summer in 2016, the education system is changing. The National Curriculum that has been used for many years has now been revised and updated to ensure that every child has an equal chance of succeeding.
The SATs will see numerous changes in hope to improve children's SAT scores. Primarily, the government have focused on changes to the assessments which make them even more demanding. The thought behind making the SATs harder is so that children can push themselves and achieve higher scores.
Although we are unable to provide the new marking criteria to go alongside our KS2 guide, take note that the SATs will be marked by external examiners. The scores of each school will be recorded and will be used to monitor each school's performance and progress. These scores are used in accordance with Ofsted reports and League tables.
For more information on the new national curriculum, please visit the Government website.
Giving Your Child The BEST Chance
It is important to guide your child through the process of sitting school exams. These can often be a stressful time for children, and therefore, you want to give them the best chance possible.
By purchasing the KS2 English Comprehension guide, you are one step closer to ensuring your child is fully prepared for their English assessment.
However, as you should be aware of, any comprehension exam requires great English in terms of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, and that is where our KS2 English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling guide will maximise your child's potential.
For more details on this KS2 guide, please check out the page to our Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling book.
English Comprehension – What To Expect
In the English Comprehension assessment, children will be given 3 passages, of which they must answer questions in relation to each passage.
These passages can be anything, and won't be known until the child sits the paper. However, the best way to practice for such questions is to undergo similar practice questions to ensure your child improves their comprehension.
The passages can be literature based on any of the following:
Well, these are a perfect example of fiction. If you made up a story involving these characters, you would be creating a fiction text.
There are many different types of fiction:
PRACTICE QUESTION 1
Read the passage carefully and answer the following questions.
Extract from Freddie and the Stolen Ring by How2Become.
[Continued]… As moments passed, Freddie knew what had to be done. He couldn't stand by and do nothing. "Come on, you can do it! Just think, think!" Freddie kept reassuring himself, and as he closed his eyes, his body started to tremble. The black nothingness started to get brighter. With reds and oranges perpetrating his vision. These colours then formed distorted images. Images of the ring. "Where, where is it?" Freddie said to himself.
Freddie was known for his excellent vision to read minds and see into the future. He had refrained from doing this since his accident, and the feeling of entering this state of mind made his body go limp.
He opened his eyes, pupils dilated. They were so intense that even a gust of air would not make him blink. Slowly, Freddie reached into his pocket and pulled out what appeared to be a torch. With his eyes still transfixed, he clicked the button. After a few seconds, he clicked it again.
Now stood there, was a man all in green; a long, silk cape which hovered above the floor, an eye mask that made his eyes look as black as coal and boots that, although appeared to look 'normal', had hidden features that placed him in a very strong position against all odds.
"It's time…It's time to get back to solving crime!" Freddie had not realised how loud he said this, and caused everyone to come to a complete silence.
He grinned slightly and said "I've got this…"
The author uses a simile in the extract. Write the exact words of the simile.
Non-fiction is writing based on facts and real-life events. This provides readers with information that should be taken as factual and accurate.
There are many different types of texts that are non-fiction:
PRACTICE QUESTION 2
ead the text carefully and answer the following questions.
Discovering Dinosaurs by How2Become.
The name Triceratops can be broken down into two – 'tri' meaning three, and 'ceratops' meaning horned face.
These dinosaurs lived in the late Cretaceous Period. It required its three horns in order to protect themselves from predators. These herbivores were about 8 metres in length and 3 metres in height. The skull of a Triceratops could grow to an astonishing 2 metres in length.
The dinosaur had strong stubby legs to support their heavy bodies. They had a sharp, parrot-like beak and a bony frill which acted as a guard to support their necks.
What does 'Triceraptor' mean? How does this dinosaur use this to their advantage?
Poetry is another form of literary writing.
Poems are often written to express feelings, thoughts of ideas. The subject of the poem will depend on what type of poem it is.
Below is a list of the types of poems you will be expected to know for your Key Stage 2 English SATs.
PRACTICE QUESTION 3
Read the poems carefully and answer the following questions.
Poems by How2Become.
There once was a turtle named Joe,
Considered the slowest of the slow.
He entered the race,
With slow as his pace,
On your marks, get set, go!
Describe the rhythm of this poem.
A play is a form of literature that is written by a playwright, which is intended to be performed on stage, radio, TV or film.
The layout of a script is really important. Apart from looking aesthetically pleasing, it needs to be clear and look like a play script.
Two main features of a play include:
- Character dialogue;
- Stage directions.
A play is broken up into different scenes. These scenes act similarly to chapters in a book.
The scenes also allow for intermission, so that the audience (if being performed lived) can have a short break.
These scenes make up an act.
PRACTICE QUESTION 4
Read the text carefully and answer the following questions.
Extract from Blaze and the Crystal Diadem by How2Become.
ACT I SCENE IV
[Enter BLAZE and Preston. Blaze is a boy no older than 15 but is known for all manners of trouble. Flickers of yellows, oranges and reds pour from his hands in anger and frustration. Preston is a sweet, polite boy who's aim is to make the world a safer place].
BLAZE. Remember me! For I am your own worst enemy. You stand no chance against the Almighty Blaze.
PRESTON. It's not too late Blaze. You can stop all of this now. Don't make it any worse for yourself.
What do the colours in this extract symbolise?
PRACTICE QUESTIONS – ANSWERS
Q1. "His eyes look as black as coal."
(A simile is used to describe one thing and comparing it to the likes of another).
Q2. The name 'Triceraptor' can be broken down into two parts. 'Tri' means three. 'Keraptors' means horn faced. Therefore, this type of dinosaur is known for their three horns on their head. This type of dinosaur uses its three horns as a way of protecting themselves from predators.
Q3. In the poem, it uses rhyming words to create a beat. The last word of the first, second and last line rhyme. The third and fourth line rhyme. For example, in Poem 1, lines 1, 2 and 5 end with the words "Joe", "slow" and "go". Lines 3 and 4 end with the words "race" and "pace".
Q4. The colours red, orange and yellow indicate an inferno, flames/fire. This suggests that there is conflict in the narrative. It suggests anger, pain or even death.
The Key To Your Child's Future
Key Stage 2 English Is Easy – English Comprehension is a FUN and UNIQUE guide for any children who want to score highly in their English SATs.
This guide is packed full of parental guidance, key terms and definitions, examples and information and lots of practice questions for you and your child to work through, at a pace that suits you.
How2Become have done their utmost to provide you with a guide that will not disappoint. If you want to secure high scores and improve your child's intellectual ability in regards to English, then look no further – we are all you need!
All it takes is a little bit of time and practice!
Key Stage 2 English Comprehension - Guide Contents
Written and created by the UK's leading recruitment experts; this comprehensive revision guide includes:
- A breakdown of types of comprehension – this revision book recaps information regarding fiction, non-fiction, poetry and play texts.
- Lots of PRACTICE questions – this guide contains lots and lots of sample questions, using a range of passages to widen your child's knowledge.
- Fun loving characters – our Key Stage 2 guides introduce our superhero characters which are used to make English more interactive and demonstrate when important tips are being given.
- Answers to every question – we have provided all of the answers, so you and your child can work through the booklet together and see which questions they are getting right and which ones they need to work on.
- Interaction – this revision guide continuously gets your child's mind working in different ways to understand the basics of English comprehension.
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