Spelling, punctuation and grammar underpin every aspect of both writing and oracy. At St Paul's CE Primary school, we want to give our children the ability to be able to express themselves with appropriate formality and correct grammar, as they move into adulthood and the world of work. Students will learn to work independently and collaboratively to identify, assess and edit their own writing to ensure accuracy in spelling and grammar. They will use physical resources such as phonics mats, word banks and dictionaries in order to assist with this.
It is our aim that, by upper Key Stage Two, children will be able to talk about the grammatical structures they have chosen and how this explicitly fits with the genre and purpose of their writing. Following the national curriculum requirements, the grammar curriculum progresses clearly throughout the year groups. This gives children the opportunity to repeat, review and practise grammar and spelling patterns they have learnt every year, and is picked up during writing in other subjects.
Grammar is mapped out across the year groups and clearly set out on the yearly writing trackers. This is broken up into small steps in order to help all children achieve the expected standard. Spelling is planned as a careful progression throughout the year groups. This works hand in hand with our phonics programme and ensures that all spelling patterns are taught in line with our phonics progression.
As well as explicit grammar teaching, grammar is modelled in all lessons, from the written resources we share with the children to how we speak. Spelling is taught explicitly once a week with spelling patterns tested weekly. Children work in spelling groups appropriate to their needs.
Planned writing blocks are adapted to ensure at least one hour of grammar teaching a week. Spelling is included in the home learning schedule for Years 2-6 and spelling interventions, using the on-line programme - Spellzone - are implemented for the bottom 30% of children.
Children will be able to correctly punctuate sentences and spell the majority of words correctly by the end of Year 6. In Key Stage One, children will use their phonics to spell in a phonetically plausible way. They will be able to manipulate sentence structures and use ambitious punctuation to add meaning to their writing in all subjects. The standard of grammar, punctuation and spelling will be consistent across all children's learning - not just in their writing books. They will be able to confidently talk about their punctuation and grammar choices and explain what to do if they are unsure of how to spell a word. Children will feel confident choosing physical resources to help with this. Children will become confident communicators and will write and speak in a grammatically-correct manner. Marking of children's work and monitoring of their spellzone intervention will show good progress over time.
Long term plans, showing the progression of skills and knowledge and the content taught in Spelling can be found below: