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Cambridge Primary Progression Test

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English Paper 1

Stage 6

Name ………………………………………………….……………………….

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Answer all questions in the spaces provided on the question paper.

You should pay attention to punctuation, spelling and handwriting.

The number of marks is given in brackets [ ] at the end of each question or part question. The total number of marks for this paper is 50.

Suggestions for how long to spend on each section are given in the booklet.

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Section A: Reading

Spend 20 minutes on this section.

Read the text taken from the autobiography of a young girl and then answer the questions.

Sophia’s day

Waking up in the night always leads me to glance up at the gaping hole in the tin roof. Not being able to see it means I know I can go back to sleep, but if it’s getting light then it’s nearly time to get up. I sleep in the same bed as my two sisters, Solange and Claudette. Solange, who is only three, often wakes me up to give me an account of her dreams. When this happens, I sing soothing lullabies, which settles her back to sleep. We no longer have our parents to care for us, so it’s down to me to take care of my sisters’ every need.

Our house, which has two rooms and a small latrine, is at the top of a steep

hill. Our grandparents had fully intended to sell the house, but Claudette and

I convinced them that we could look after ourselves. In the back room (where

we sleep), I stash away our food in old rice sacks and keep our clean clothes in plastic bags. I suspend the bags so they don’t get wet when the rain comes pouring through the hole in the roof.

Once I’ve collected our water for the day, I set about making porridge, which we eat out of plastic mugs. Then Claudette goes to school while I take care of the chores such as washing the mugs and scrubbing the floor. Of course, Solange has to help too; she can shout the house down while she works! She copies me – shouting, laughing and sweeping. She’s quite a handful, and sometimes

I wish she’d stop her incessant chattering. But, when all’s said and done, she’s my little sister – and I love her very much!

1 How does Sophia know what time to get up each day?

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2 Give two examples of household tasks Sophia has to do each day.

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3 Tick ( ) two boxes to show which statements are true.

Sophia goes to school.

Sophia goes to school.

Solange helps with the housework.

Solange helps with the housework.

The sisters live with their grandparents.

The sisters live with their grandparents.

Sophia tidies the house.

Sophia tidies the house.

Solange makes porridge.

Solange makes porridge. [2]

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4 Re-write the third paragraph to include the main points using about 25 words.

 

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5 Tick ( ) the best description of the text Sophia’s day.

It contains only facts.

It contains only facts.

It contains mostly facts.

It contains mostly facts.

It contains mostly opinions.

It contains mostly opinions.

It contains about half facts and half opinions.

It contains about half facts and half opinions. [1]

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6 Compare these texts.

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I have such a busy day! I always get up early to make breakfast for everyone. That’s OK because I love my sisters and want to help them. It’s great to hang out with my little sis and do jobs together. Though, I wish she would be quieter – she’s really noisy!

Every day is hectic. I have to rise early so that I am able to prepare breakfast for the family. I do not mind doing this because I love my sisters and wish to help them. I enjoy doing chores with my youngest sister. However, I would prefer her to be quieter.

The information in both texts is the same but the language used is different.

Tick ( ) the text you prefer to read.

Text 1

Text 1

Text 2

Text 2

Explain why you chose that text.

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Read the text taken from an internet information site and then answer the questions.

Johannes Gutenberg

In 1450, Johannes Gutenberg invented a new way to print books, called the printing press. This may not sound important, but the printing press is thought to be one of the most significant inventions of modern times. Before Gutenberg’s machine, books had to be hand written or printed from carved wooden blocks. Both methods were very slow – one book could take a year to write!

A goldsmith’s son, Gutenberg started to experiment with metals and different types of inks. Combining existing technology with his own ideas, Gutenberg persevered until he created a machine that used metal letters (or typeface) to quickly create printed pages. The metal typeface was robust and could be used time and again without breaking or wearing out.

Pages could now be printed at incredible speed. At best, the old block method could only manage 40–50 pages a day. The new presses, however, could print thousands of pages a day. As a result of the mechanisation of printing, more books were being produced for sale and therefore became cheaper to buy. Knowledge and education spread like never before.

7 Johannes Gutenberg is a non-fiction text.

Find three facts that are given in the passage.

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8 Sophia’s day is an autobiography and Johannes Gutenberg is a biography.

Give two reasons how you know Sophia’s day is an autobiography.

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9 Suggest one reason why Gutenberg’s printing press made a difference to people’s lives.

10 Answer both questions below.

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Using the text Johannes Gutenberg, explain how the production of books changed after 1450.

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Look at the text Sophia’s day. Draw lines to link each paragraph with its main topic.

Paragraph

1st paragraph

2nd paragraph

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Daily tasks

Where we live

My family

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Section B: Writing

Spend 25 minutes on this section.

11 Write a biography of either a famous person or a member of your family so the reader finds out about where they live, how they spend their day and anything special about the person.

Remember to:

• include the main features of a biography

• think about the facts you need to include

• make it interesting

• organise your information into paragraphs.

PLANNING

Spend up to five minutes making notes in the box to plan your biography.

minutes making notes in the box to plan your biography. Purpose and Audience [ 6 ]

Purpose and Audience

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Purpose and Audience [ 6 ] Punctuation [ 2 ]

Punctuation

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Purpose and Audience [ 6 ] Punctuation [ 2 ]

Text Structure

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Text Structure [ 5 ] Spelling [ 2 ]

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Text Structure [ 5 ] Spelling [ 2 ]

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Section C: Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary

Spend 15 minutes on this section.

12 Read this sentence.

Gutenburg’s press is an amazing machine because it uses blocks to quickly press ink on the paper.

Find an adjective, adverb, preposition and pronoun in the sentence.

adjective

adverb

preposition

pronoun

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13 Underline the subordinate clause in this sentence.

 
 

The girls’ clothes and food get wet because rain comes through the roof.

 

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Add commas to this sentence.

Solange who is only three years old has to help tidy up.

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Look at these sentences.

One book took a long time to make. Books were hand written. Gutenberg’s invention changed all that.

Combine the sentences into one sentence using connecting words. Think about the order of the sentence. Do not alter the meaning.

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14 Rewrite this sentence using a passive verb.

 
 

Johannes invented the printing press, or Gutenberg Press, in 1450.

 

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Change the verb in this sentence to show it is only a possibility.

Rain will come through the roof.

 

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15 Correct two mistakes in this sentence. Do not change the meaning.

Not only does the printing press makes books in a more economical way but

also more quick.

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16 Choose three connectives to complete these sentences.

although

but

however

sometimes

………………… Solange is noisy, …………………. she does try to be helpful,

……………… she can be naughty.

 

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17 Add two apostrophes to this sentence.

 

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o p h i a s

c l o t h e s

a n d

b a g s

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f o o d

w o u l d v e

g o t

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r a i n e d .

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w o n d e r

s a i d

A r j u n

h o w

b o o k s

a r e

m a d e

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19 Read these sentences about Johannes Gutenberg.

In 1438, Gutenberg used his knowledge of metals to construct a printing machine that was able to print thousands of pages a day. His metal presses were robust and, combined with the speed of printing, book production significantly increased.

Write other words or phrases that mean the same as the underlined words.

Your new words must not change the meaning of the sentence.

construct

robust

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Copyright Acknowledgements:

Questions 1 - 10 Questions 12 - 18

Questions 7 - 10 © Johannes Gutenberg; www.ducksters.com; January 2014.

© Johannes Gutenberg; www.ducksters.com; January 2014.

Questions 12 - 19

© Ann McFerran; A Life in the Day; Sunday Times Magazine; 6 April 2003. © Ann McFerran; A Life in the Day; Sunday Times Magazine; 6 April 2003.

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