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KS2 SATs SPaG Revision Blaster - formal language (including subjunctive)

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Our Year 6 SPaG Revision Blaster packs are the perfect way to check children’s knowledge and understanding of the KS2 programme of study for English. The area of grammar, punctuation and spelling covered in this SPaG revision blaster is formal language.

The packs are based around the content domains of the Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test framework. ‘Let’s Recap!’ provides information to revise or reteach an area of grammar, punctuation or spelling covered in Paper 1 of the GPS test followed by ‘Let’s Practise!’ with SATs style questions for the pupils to complete independently or as a class. Three sheets are provided, Revision Blaster 1, 2 and 3. These increase in difficulty, with questions having a greater cognitive load on Revision Blaster 3.

A PowerPoint version of the pack is included, so it can be worked through in groups, or as a whole class.

This primary resource pack includes:

  • Let’s Recap PDF and PPT slides
  • Let’s Practise worksheet: formal language
  • Let’s Practise answers
  • Let’s Recap PDF sheet

What is meant by formal language?

Formal language is used in official or formal situations. This includes the use of Standard English, formal vocabulary choices and may also include the passive voice or the subjunctive form of verbs.

What is Standard English?

Standard English is the used in most books, articles and documents. Most written work completed in school will be in Standard English. When writing in Standard English, the correct verb inflections should be chosen (for example ‘we were …’ rather than ‘we was …) and the use of a double negative should be avoided.

Examples of Standard English include the following:

We were travelling on the bus. (Rather than We was travelling …)
I didn’t see anything. (Rather than I didn’t see nothing.)

What is meant by formal vocabulary choices?

Formal vocabulary is used in formal speech and writing. This vocabulary may be different from vocabulary used in everyday speech. Different vocabulary choices may be made depending on the formality of the speech or writing.
Formal vocabulary: discover, request or enter
Informal vocabulary: find out, ask or go in

What is the subjunctive form?

The subjunctive form is used in very formal speech and writing. It can be used to advise or to show desires and wishes.
It is important that he attend. (Rather than : It is important that he attends.)
Sentences beginning: If I were …

Content domains from Key stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test framework (2016)

G4.3 subjunctive verb forms
G7.1 Standard English
G7.2 formal and informal vocabulary
G7.3 formal and informal structures
G7.4 The subjunctive

  • Let’s Recap PDF and PPT slides
  • Let’s Practise worksheet: formal language
  • Let's Practise answers
  • Let's Recap PDF sheet
  • Teacher notes
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