Grammar & Punctuation Summary (curriculum ladder Y1-6)
Well done to Jack, Kasey, Hana, Misha, Rhian and Maria in Year 6 who have learnt all their 100 year-group words! Well done to Jacob, Matilda and Emily in Year 3 for also working hard to learn all their 100 year-group words. Well done Jack W in Year 4 who is our first pupil to earn his spelling achievement whilst working at home. Spelling achievement certificates can still be awarded to children who learn their word-lists during school closure. If blue home-spelling books of children who have been tested at home are handed in to class teachers, their achievements can then be celebrated in school assemblies once we reopen. If any children would like to write their own short 'fill in the gap' spelling dictations to help test other children in their year-group (or in another year group), it could be fun for them to see their ideas used in a classroom setting once lessons resume. Dictations would need to test words in their groups of 10 spellings each and in any context the children choose.
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 NoNonsense 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.
Spelling Resources and Support
Additional Spelling Resources and Websites
Spelling Frame is an engaging games and syllable-based resource. It is £10 for a year's membership per child/family. Sounds and sentences can be listened to as well as read and the use of colour helps learners to segment words according to syllables. It is available for Years 1 - 6 and covers all curriculum spellings (CEWs, rules, near homophones etc). Format is repetitive and allows spelling attempts to be corrected which helps with sight-recognition, memory and retention. Miss Haji LOVES this resource and wishes teachers had known about it before school closed! So, if you do struggle with spelling maybe give it a go and share what you think of it...It really does look good for all learners of any age
Emily (Y6) says: "It is a good website and I like the fact that the spellings are in an order with similar sounds the same. The different games help to make you learn the words in different ways. It is sometimes difficult to recognise how to spell the word with the way they divide it up, but generally it is fun and helpful."
Sir Linkalot is a new award-winning spelling APP that approaches tricky and ambitious spellings through animation and pictures e.g. separate - se para te: 'para' would have a picture of a parachuting figure. History of words and fun facts about them are also included. The APP is free to access during school closure and on-line spelling lessons can be watched at 2pm each day. Another good resource to try we think
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
Useful Grammar Websites
Key Stage 1: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zgkw2hv
Key Stage 2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f
EYFS - Year 6: https://www.theschoolrun.com/english/grammar
Grammar glossary: https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-for-parents
Grammar Monster is a comprehensive site covering all things grammar, spelling and punctuation:
British Council offers grammar definitions, tips and games for all learners:
These pages offer clips and information pages to support all areas of English and other curriculum subjects for use by children and parents. They are all free to access.