Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Spelling, punctuation and grammar at Southfield


At Southfield Primary School we teach spelling, punctuation and grammar discretely with the expectation that children then apply it within their writing. All teachers take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of standard English. It is expected that correct terminology is always used in classrooms. We focus on the teaching of grammar within the context of a sentence and in the teaching of reading, writing and talk. All children from Year One upwards have SPAG journals to record their learning on new concepts; new learning is recorded at the front and spellings are tested at the back. Grammar games are used to allow children opportunities to become familiar with and use the correct terminology. Our children enjoy playing with and experimenting with grammatical content and features and words.

It is very much the expectation that children build up their skills then apply these new concepts across the curriculum. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are very high profile in all classes and all classrooms have spelling, grammar and punctuation displays. Children are assessed formally each half term, and children who underperform are then catered for with additional intervention and precision teaching.

Knowing about grammar can help children craft their writing, as they have a repertoire to draw upon to create effects. It allows children to control how they use grammatical features for precise and well-considered impact. This grammatical knowledge is carefully built on by staff when teaching writing. Knowing about grammar can help readers investigate texts and how writers use techniques to create impact on the reader. Guided and shared reading sessions are used to build on this.

Reception word lists to follow