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Punctuation and Grammar

The grammar of our first language is learnt naturally and implicitly through interactions with other speakers and from reading. Explicit knowledge of grammar is, however, very important, as it gives us more conscious control and choice in our language. Building this knowledge is best achieved through a focus on grammar within the teaching of reading, writing and speaking. Once pupils are familiar with a grammatical concept [for example ‘modal verb’], they should be encouraged to apply and explore this concept in the grammar of their own speech and writing and to note where it is used by others.

 

At Walkley, vocabulary, grammar is always taught in context and with sufficient understanding of its meaning and purpose within a text.  In this way, children are taught how to manipulate and use vocabulary, grammar and punctuation for their writing skilfully.

 

Planning

 

Teachers use the English Programme of Study in order to decide which grammar terms and punctuation should be taught to their cohort. Reviews of the previous years teaching is also planned and referred to during English lessons.  Grammar is planned to be taught in context – for example, if teaching a non-fiction unit, commonly used grammatical devices (such as ( ), passive verbs and formal subjective speech forms) will be taught during the unit.  Teacher’s also plan to model these devices during modelled, shared and guided writing and include these on remember-tos to help children remember and use them in their writing. 

 

SPaG Raffle Writing

 

English sessions include a SPaG focus taken from the Primary Framework for English. Children are informed of the SPaG focus for the week and are taught how to use this in their writing. Children are then given a raffle ticket whenever the taught element of SPaG is evident in their work. This raffle ticket is entered in to a raffle which is drawn in each class every Friday.

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