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Literacy Boot Camp - FAQs

What exactly is Literacy Boot Camp and how can it help me?
  • Literacy Boot Camp is a five week programme designed to aid revision of Year 6 children for their Literacy SATs test. After the activities have been completed for each day, a table shows you exactly which past SATs papers are recommended in accordance with that day's learning topic.
  • Each day consists of a topic from the National Curriculum for Year 6. SATs questions have been chosen to best reflect each day's learnings. By the end of Boot Camp, all relevant, past Literacy SATs questions will have been completed. Questions covering topics that are no longer part of the National Curriculum will not be covered.
  • If you are a teacher, it has been created to make your life a little easier, and to give you one central place for your Year 6 SATs Literacy activities, rather than having to remember a million different websites, let alone the time it takes to find them all!
How does Literacy Boot Camp work?
  • Firstly, download past SATs papers from here: SATs papers.
  • Work your way through the links for each day, then complete the SATs papers/questions that are recommended.
  • Please note: Literacy Boot Camp has not been designed to fit into the traditional one hour for literacy.
I really found Science Boot Camp useful, and loved that it was free. Why is Literacy Boot Camp not free?
There are many costs that we have incurred and paid for from our own pockets for all of our Boot Camp resources, including the extra bandwith we buy each year to accommodate the increased number of visitors to our site in the run up to SATs; costs of freelancers that we hire both for technical and educational reasons; and the many hours it takes to create each Boot Camp, plus to maintain them. Science Boot Camp runs at a loss for us, and unfortunately we cannot do the same again for our other Boot Camps. Please note: Science Boot Camp will remain a free resource.

The links take me to activities on other websites that I can access for free. What am I paying for?
All links lead to high quality activities/learning zones on reputable sites such as the BBC, that can indeed be accessed for free - Compare4Kids does not take creative credit for any of these resources. There are also free websites that offer collections of links to useful resources. However, we believe that there is nothing quite like Literacy Boot Camp. Literacy Boot Camp is geared towards year 6 students about to take their Literacy SATS, and it is set out in an easy to follow way, with the benefit of relevant past SATs papers for each day's topic being provided. Our concept is unique, and it has been created to make your life a little easier in a time when things can be a bit chaotic! We suggest that you try the first six days before subscribing as they are free to use.

Will my email address be used as my username?
Yes, the email address you register with will be used as your username. However, once you are signed up you can change your username to something other than an email address from your: Administration Area

I have just signed up and haven't yet received my login details - why not?
You should automatically be sent your login details. If you have not received them within 10 minutes, it is likely that they have gone into your "spam" or "junk" folder, particularly if you are using Hotmail. We recommend that you add our email address (sats@compare4kids.co.uk) to your contacts so that future emails are delivered straight into your inbox. Please contact us at sats@compare4kids.co.uk if you would like us to resend your login details.

How long does my subscription last for, and will it automatically renew?
Your subscription will not automatically be renewed - instead, we will email you to notify you when your subscription is about to expire. And if this is not for you, the first six days are free and you can visit them and use them as much as you like.

I don't have a PayPal account and don't want one. Can I pay any other way?
Yes, you can pay via your credit card instead of logging in to, or setting up, a PayPal account. Look for wording such as: "Don't have a PayPal account? Use your credit card or bank account." There should be a link to take you to the facility to pay via credit card.
We encourage you to pay via PayPal as this is the quickest way to get set up, but we can also create an invoice for your school if you do not have the facilities to pay by credit or debit card - please email sats@compare4kids.co.uk to arrange this.

Is Literacy Boot Camp a replacement for revision?
Absolutely not. Literacy Boot Camp is a resource to aid your revision, and is by no means a substitute for revision. We recommend that you work through the activities alongside the revision that you are doing with your teacher, or at home.

Can I work through it quicker than in five weeks?
Yes, you can. Feedback has told us that many children like to work through our Boot Camps doing one topic each day, whilst others like to work through more than one topic a day. The key is not to rush - remember that it isn't a race, and you need to make sure that you get the most out of each activity. Some days there will be a lot to get through, and other days you will zoom through the exercises.

Will Literacy Boot Camp be free in the future?
It is possible that Literacy Boot Camp might become a free resource at some point in the future.

How long does my subscription last for?
Your subscription will last for one year, after which you will be able to renew it (we will email you to let you know when it is close to expiring).

I am a teacher - can all of my pupils access Literacy Boot Camp at the same time from different computers in our IT suite?
Yes, once you have subscribed to the members area of Literacy Boot Camp, you will be supplied with a password, which can then be used by all of the children in your class, all from individual computers.

Will the children in my class be able to use my class login from home?
Yes, of course. It is a great idea to do some revision from home, especially during the Easter holidays, just before SATs.

I am a Year 6 pupil. My school class hasn't signed up for this, but can I subscribe and use it from home?
Of course. We receive many emails from children (and from parents too!) who love the fact that they can work through our Boot Camps in their own time.

I am a Key stage 2 teacher/student, but am not in Year 6 - can I still use Literacy Boot Camp?
Of course. Whilst it has been created with Year 6 in focus, many of the activities that we link to are also suitable for Year 5, and possibly Year 4 too. However, as this is primarily a Year 6 resource, some of the links may cover topics that are not learnt in Years 4 or 5.

The resources take a while to open up - how can I make them open quicker?
It is likely that you are using Internet Explorer to access Literacy Boot Camp. Internet Explorer tends to open up new windows quite slowly. If you use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer, the links in Literacy Boot Camp will open a lot quicker. You can download Firefox quickly and easily from here, if it is not already installed on your computer: Firefox.

Some of the games do not work on my iPad
Unfortunately, some of the games that we send you to will not work on an iPad - this is because Apple does not support Flash, and many games are built in Flash. This is not something we have control of, but you may wish to report this to the website the games are hosted on.

Are there adverts displaying on your Boot Camps?
You will notice adverts on some pages on Compare4Kids, including the Boot Camp pages for non-subscribers (i.e. when you are not logged in). However, if you have subscribed and are logged in to any of our Boot Camps, you will not see any adverts in the members' area.

Is the fee refundable if I am not happy with the product?
Literacy Boot Camp is a non-tangible irrevocable product so the refund policy is conditional, which you are responsible for understanding upon purchasing your subscription. We only make exceptions with this rule when the product appears to be not-as-described on a case by case basis in agreement of the parties concerned. The deadline for any refund claim is one week after subscription.

(What this basically means is Literacy Boot Camp is an experience and as such cannot be refunded if you are not entirely happy with the content. Please be sure to check out the first six days before subscribing as these are free.)

Our company reserves the right to change or modify these terms with no prior notice.

You can email us at sats@compare4kids.co.uk


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