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You'll find basic definitions of important primary-school literacy terms below. For a much more detailed, parent-friendly guide to how children are taught about each of these concepts in English, as well as examples, click on the link in the word. TheSchoolRun also offers a free primary-school numeracy glossary and a free primary-school science glossary.
Active voice A sentence is written in active voice when the subject of the sentence is performing the action for example, "The cat chased the mouse. Adverb An adverb is a word which modifies a verb, which means that it tells you how, when, where or why something is being done.
Alliteration Often used in poetry, alliteration is the repetition of an initial letter or sound in closely connected words.
Antonym Antonyms are words with opposite meanings love and hate, for example. Words with similar meanings are synonyms. Apostrophe Apostrophes are punctuation marks used to show possession and to show contraction also known as omission.
Article Articles are words which tell us whether a noun is general any noun or specific. There are three articles: Argument text Argument text is a piece of writing which expresses points of view 'for' or 'against' the subject.
Biography and autobiography A biography is a non-fiction text written about someone else's life usually someone famous. An autobiography is a text written about one's own life. Blending sounds Blending sounds means looking at a word and, rather than saying the separate sounds that make it up, linking the sounds together and saying the whole word in one go.
Blending is an essential phonics skill which children are taught as part of learning to read. Brainstorming Brainstorming is a process in which a question or problem is posed, then a group of people give ideas which are noted by a person who writes them down on paper or a board for the group to see.
Clause Clauses are the building blocks of sentences, groups of words that contain a subject and a verb.
Clauses can be main or subordinate. Cohesive devices 'Cohesive devices' are the conjunctionsconnectives and pronouns used to link the parts of a piece of writing.
Using the same verb tense throughout a text also offers 'cohesion'. Comparative The comparative form of an adjective or adverb is used to compare one person, thing, action or state to another.
The comparative is usually formed by adding the suffix -er. Conjunction A conjunction is a type of connective 'connective' is an umbrella term for any word that connects bits of text.
Co-ordinating connectives include the words and, but and so; subordinating connectives include the words because, if and until. Connective A connective is a word that joins one part of a text to another.This fabulous maths game is a great way for KS1 children to practise a range of maths skills, based on the popular topic of fidget spinners!
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What is the mystery genre / subgenre? Story elements and planning for writing a mystery. Here is a selection of past papers organised by age group, subject, school and year. There is also a list of other sources at the foot of the page: KS1 SATs KS1 SATs English Spelling Test - Playtime (QCA, ) KS1 SATs English Spelling Test - Making Soup (QCA, ) KS1 SATs English - Sunflowers.
A set of lovely templates, great for supporting indepent writing activities on a variety of diffierent topics. A handy pack full of wonderful resources to support your children when writing stories. Tags in this resource.
This fabulous maths game is a great way for KS1 children to practise a range of maths skills, based on the popular topic of fidget spinners! Tags in this resource.