Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
Understanding Progress in English - document for parents
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Curriculum and Glossary
Spelling Lists and appendix
Activities that can be done at home
The importance of grammar and punctuation to the curriculum
Grammar is concerned with the way in which sentences are used in spoken language, in reading and in writing. Sentences are the construct which help give words their sense. The purpose of grammar teaching is to enable pupils to become conscious of patterns of language which they can apply in their own work to enhance meaning. The purpose of punctuation is to clarify the meaning of texts. Readers use punctuation to help make sense of written texts while writers use punctuation to help communicate intended meaning to the reader.
To teach pupils about grammar and punctuation, the emphasis is on the close consideration of examples of language in use, including pupils’ own writing and on the exploration of language as a system. The aim is to develop pupils’ curiosity about language and their capacity to observe and reflect, which will in turn enable them to develop more control and choice in their use of language. Sympathetic and varied teaching approaches provide stimulating, enjoyable, satisfying and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all pupils. Through the selection of suitably differentiated and well-developed tasks, it is intended that pupils, irrespective of their ability, will enjoy success and be motivated to further develop their individual potential in SPaG.
Why is oracy so important?
- It helps students formulate their ideas into clear thought.
- Accurate use of speech, helps improve accuracy in written work, especially grammar.
- Finally, and very importantly, confident speakers are confident people – so it builds confidence.
We encourage our pupils to speak clearly and confidently.
Ways in which we support this include:
- Activities which are planned to encourage full and active participation by all children, irrespective of ability
- Children with specific speech and language and auditory problems will be identified and specialist help sought, where appropriate
- School Plays
- Presentations of learning for parents
- Class debates
- Weekly assembly
- Events within the community
- School Council
- Talk partners
- Book talk sessions
- Drama / role play
- PSHCE and circle time