Using LiteracyPlanet to prepare for SATs (UK)

Which exercises can you use to help your students prepare for SATs?

1. LANGUAGE CONVENTIONS – Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)

1a. The Literacy Planet menu in each year level has spelling exercises with a variety of games providing the learner with practise in spelling a large variety of words.

You can choose words already entered into the program or create your own custom spelling list, then simply apply words to the following spelling programs

1b. Grammar and Punctuation exercises are found under each year level and these exercises provide the student with practise in applying the rules of grammar and punctuation in the English language.

2. READING AND COMPREHENSION

2a. The Literacy Planet menu in each year level has Reading Comprehension exercises with a variety of texts providing the learner with practise in applying reading comprehension strategies.

2b. Reading fluency exercises are found under Reading in each year level and these exercises provide the student with practise at reading at a fluent rate with a variety of texts .

3. PHONICS

3a. For those readers that need to develop their accuracy skills through phonics instruction, there is a comprehensive Phonics program available in the Prep- Year 3 level menus.

How do these exercises help my students in SATs assessments?

LiteracyPlanet aims to provide students with a wide-range of activities that promote high standards of literacy achievement. Our exercises compliment the UK national curriculum and can be used as a valuable teaching tool. Our reading fluency activities help students to learn to read easily, fluently and with understanding, whilst our comprehension activities cover twelve key comprehension strategies to help students understand what they are reading. Our spelling, grammar and punctuation exercises support the development of a strong vocabulary, and an understanding of a range of skills to be applied in reading and writing activities. The assessable components of the UK curriculum are outlined in more detail below, along with examples of the skills students can gain through the use of our program.

Year Level

Assessable Elements of the UK SATS

What LiteracyPlanet exercises to use

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

Students will be tested near the end of the school year in June on 40 words, read aloud to their teacher. This assessment will determine whether a student requires additional help with reading or if they will need to re-take the test in Year 2.

The LiteracyPlanet program has dedicated sight word and spelling sections that provide teachers with a range of activities to support the development and learning of sight words. Our sight words are sourced from the Dolch Word Lists, Dolch Nouns lists and Edward Fry’s High Frequency Word Lists. Teachers also have the ability to create their own lists and assign them to students.

Key Stage One and Two

KS1: Reading, writing, speaking and listening

KS2: English reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling

From Pre-Prep – Year 6 LiteracyPlanet has a range of exercises covering the following literacy strands;

Pre-Reading and Learning

Phonics

Sight Words

Spelling

Reading Fluency

Comprehension

Grammar

More information about what is covered within each strand is outlined below and for a full listing of available content click here.

Key Stage Three and Four

KS3: English

KS4: During key stage 4 most pupils work towards national qualifications - usually GCSEs with English being a compulsory core subject

From Year 6 and beyond students have access to the following literacy strands in the LiteracyPlanet product;

Comprehension

Spelling

Grammar

More information about what is covered within each strand is outlined below and for a full listing of available content click here.

Overview of content covered

Sight Words

Sight words constitute two-thirds of all vocabulary in early reading and about half of all adult reading material. LiteracyPlanetʼs Sight Word section features two categories of words, Common Sight Words and More Sight Words. The 720 words listed under Common Sight Words include the 220 Dolch Words and other commonly occurring words in children’s literature. The section titled, More Sight Words, was compiled by Macquarie University’s Department of Cognitive Science as part of an extended study into sight word acquisition. More than 1,400 words are covered by these two categories.

Spelling

LiteracyPlanet offers a variety of spelling categories and word lists. These lists cater for years Prep/Foundation to Year 8. The latter years spelling lists are predominately made up of phonemic word grouping, word family groupings, prefix and suffix groupings, conventional spelling (for example, ie/ies rule) and etymological groupings. Students are able to click on the sentence speaker, in the toolbar, to hear the word used in a sentence in a number of the word play games within the program. There are fourteen word play games to help students identify, familiarise and learn their spelling/sight words in a fun and engaging manner. Teachers can also create their own word lists for their students to suit the varying needs of their class and school.

Similarly to other effective spelling programs like Words Their Way, we know at Literacy Planet that learning to spell is developmental. Our approach to spelling incorporates the development of phonological knowledge; morphemic knowledge and etymological knowledge about words. Our exercises provide students with practise in applying all of the essential skills that they require to become effective spellers. These include segmenting and blending letters phonemically as well as identifying the visual graphic patterns in words for easy recall. Our spelling lists have been compiled together beginning with words with similar phonetic principles in the early years. Lists are then compiled to group together words with similar semantic connections including prefixes, suffixes, meaning patterns, homophones and compound words for the middle years. Finally, the lists in the upper levels are grouped together based on their derivations. Therefore, the lists of words compliment the development of spelling. Our program is designed to compliment the Australian and UK curriculums and specifically correlates to the national minimum standards assessed in NAPLAN and SATs.

We know that all learners develop at different rates. We understand that providing differentiated learning for students is a complex and demanding task for teachers. By using our teaching matrix, teachers can assign spelling tasks to their students that match their levels of spelling development.

However, this is where we can provide schools with benefits that other programs can’t. We provide a paperless, engaging platform for your students to work in. We provide immediate feedback to students and we collate data for you to easily assess and track the progress of your students.

Reading (Fluency)

LiteracyPlanetʼs Reading section provides students with a range of levelled extracts based on the following eight categories: Creatures, Disasters, Discoveries, Mysteries, People, Bizarre, Sport and Miscellaneous. With over 400 extracts, there is something to please even the most reluctant reader. Students can select either Fluency Mode or Reading Mode to complete a reading exercise. Fluency Mode records the words read per minute as students’ progress through the activity. Additionally, students can click on any unfamiliar words to hear them. These unfamiliar words are highlighted and voiced when the extract is played back at the recorded fluency rate and the words are displayed in the teacher report. Reading Mode allows students to read the text independently. Both the Fluency Mode and Reading Mode feature four general comprehension questions, in a multi-choice format to ensure that students have read the extract. Many of the Reading Fluency extracts also feature in the Comprehension section of LiteracyPlanet.

Comprehension

LiteracyPlanetʼs Comprehension section features hundreds of fiction and non-fiction extracts, covering a range of genres. These extracts are levelled using seven internationally recognised reading schemas: Reading Recovery; Fountas and Pinnell; PM; Developmental Reading Age (DRA); Rigby; Lexile and Wings. Students can select from eight categories: Creatures, Disasters, Discoveries, Mysteries, People, Bizarre, Sport and Miscellaneous. The questions that follow each extract target three key comprehension skills: literal, inferential, and metacognitive. These skills are targeted using twelve strategies for reading processing: Main Idea, Facts and Details, Sequencing, Cause and Effect, Comparing and Contrasting, Predicting, Words in Context, Conclusions and Inferences, Fact and Opinion, Authorʼs Purpose, Figurative Language, and Summarising. Many of the texts in the Comprehension section of LiteracyPlanet also feature in the Reading Fluency section. LiteracyPlanet’s comprehension section is organised into levels from Foundation to Level 9. The overlap in the levels will provide for a wide range of abilities within each year level. Every comprehension exercise available in Foundation and Level One comes with audio support.

The twelve comprehension strategies covered in the exercises can be categorised into three main areas of reading:

READING THE TEXT

READING BETWEEN THE LINES

READING BEYOND THE TEXT

Main Idea

Facts and Details

Sequencing

Cause and Effect

Comparing and Contrasting

Predicting

Words in Context

Conclusions and Inferences

Fact and Opinion

Author Purpose

Figurative Language

Summarising

 

Grammar

LiteracyPlanetʼs Grammar section includes over 500 exercises. The grammar content covers the early primary years to senior schooling. Key concepts covered include: parts of speech, vocabulary, phrases, clauses, types of sentences, punctuation, and proof reading and editing. Students have the assistance of a grammar tip in each exercise, coupled with three examples, which are located in the tool bar. Each grammar tip provides a definition of the exercise to help students understand what they are being asked to do, to allow for a more independent learning experience.

PreReading

Targeting ages 3-5, PreReading is colourful and highly interactive. It covers the following three areas: Visual Skills, Sequencing and Learning the Alphabet. Each of these areas includes interactive tutorials to introduce key concepts and numerous exercises to test students’ knowledge and application. Visual Skills includes visually distinguishing differences and similarities, exploring concepts of directionality and identifying sizes, pairs and missing parts. Sequencing features the following skills: matching symbols, positional language, sequencing events and letter matching. Whereas, Learning the Alphabet deals exclusively with learning letter names not sounds. The concept of vowels and upper and lower case letters is also explored, and an opportunity for revision is available at the end of the Learning the Alphabet section.

Phonics : The Phonics content in LiteracyPlanet incorporates both an analytic and a synthetic phonics approach to target the early primary years.

The key steps to reading acquisition are followed:

1. Phonemic Awareness

2. Blending


3. Basic Sight Vocabulary

4. Double Letter Sounds

5. Long Vowel Rules

6. Soft ʻcʼ and ʻgʼ


7. Complex Double Letter Sounds (Diphthongs)

8. Vowel Sounds with ʻrʼ


9. Silent Letters

Each new letter sound correspondence is introduced via a tutorial, and is followed by interactive exercises used to test studentsʼ understanding and application.

 

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