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Grammar & Punctuation Summary (curriculum overview Y1-6)


Any support you can provide for your child at home will really help them master spelling and expand their vocabulary; reading regularly (fiction and non-fiction) with your child will help them make measurable improvement in spelling, as well as expanding their personal vocabulary bank. 30 spelling activities can be found in your child's home-school spelling book; these are being used independently by children to help them learn challenging new curriculum word lists and some personalised lists. Learning to spell more challenging words is only useful if the meaning is also known, so any discussion you can have with your child about this would reinforce their learning and mastery of language. Asking your child for words of a similar meaning (synonym) or opposite meaning (antonym) can really aid their comprehension and confidence when using new vocabulary; both orally and in their writing. New curriculum statutory year group lists and spelling rules taught each year in school are attached. NNS refers to the No Nonsense spelling program introduced from September 2017 in years 2-6. Within NNS, in addition to learning rules, emphasis is placed on phonemes (the sound) and graphemes (the letter/letters that represent the sound) and children are encouraged to select the correct spelling of phonemes from grapheme options available to them.

Additional Spelling Resources and Websites

Spellodrome is a resource you might like to subscribe to if your child struggles with spelling (or perhaps really enjoys spelling!). £39 per year for a full membership and details can be found on their website.

BBC Bitesize provides FREE clips that support some spelling rules e.g. -ough

Oxford Owl offers FREE information, advice and tips for parents about spelling (and other areas of English)

Spellzone costs £19.95 per year to subscribe but also has FREE spelling lists and games

Barrington Stoke School Spelling Dictionary is designed for KS1-3 and allows children to look up words as they sound e.g. 'photo' under 'f' etc. It is dyslexia friendly (as are all Barrington Stoke resources). £12.99

ISBN 978-1-78112-151-1

Useful Grammar Websites


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BBC Bitesize and The School Run offer clips and information pages to support all areas of English and other curriculum subjects for use by children and parents. These pages are free to access.