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Top tips to help your children improve their grammar, punctuation and spelling

When the Key Stage 2 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling papers were introduced in 2016, everybody was surprised by the subject knowledge expected from year 6 children. However, over the years, schools have developed detailed units of work to ensure that children have the knowledge and understanding of this key area.

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How to help your pupils work on their grammar, punctuation and spelling at home

As schools have now closed due to Coronavirus, Madeleine Barnes shares her top tips on how teachers can continue to help their pupils work on their grammar, punctuation and spelling at home.

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Parents, our time has come!

As someone who passionately believes in the power of parental engagement to transform children’s outcomes, this COVID-19 crisis offers an opportunity for all of us. I know it can feel daunting to suddenly and unexpectedly be in charge of home learning, so here are some easy guidelines to follow that may make it easier:

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How to help your child prepare for spelling tests…

Catherine Casey gives her top fun tips for parents in supporting their children with spelling. Read more »
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Parents, do you know how powerful you are?

Read Dr Kathy Weston's 4 top tips for supporting your child's education from home.  Read more »
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Keeping Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Practical and Fun

Does your class groan and moan when it’s time for grammar, spelling and punctuation work?
Grammar doesn’t have to be boring or completed sat at a table with a piece of paper and pencil. Try some of the ideas below to get kids moving around and having fun as they learn about grammar, spelling and punctuation.  

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Using a high-quality text to teach a range of reading and writing objectives

After the launch of this year’s Great British Bake Off, it seems timely to share David Melling’s latest Hugless Douglas classic, ‘Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake.’ This resource demonstrates how a high quality text can be used to teach a range of NC objectives spanning across both key stages. Many thanks to Maddy Barnes for the fantastic ideas. 

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Read it, write it, understand it - fantastic spelling activities for your classroom

Spelling currently has a higher profile than ever, thanks to the expectations for writing in the new assessments at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, which mean that a child will effectively be penalised for not being able to spell words considered appropriate for their age. 

Guest blogger Nicola Morris shares some fantastic activity ideas to help make spelling fun and engaging for pupils. 

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14th December - Room for a Little One

Martin Waddell's Room for a Little One is the basis of today's free English lesson plan!

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Keeping end points on your radar

The first of the new Key Stage 2 National Tests are fast approaching. If you are planning on a revision programme, or even if you aren’t, it is probably best to be aware of the areas that will be included in the tests that have not been taught in Year 6. Thank to Mathematics Advisor Caroline Clissold for this valuable article on end points.

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