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Writing, Spelling and Grammar

Primary education typically covers the foundations of spelling, writing and grammar skills in the National Curriculum.

Spelling and grammar are fundamental skills that play a pivotal role in language development, effective communication, academic success and personal growth. Establishing a strong foundation in these areas during the primary years sets children on a path to becoming competent and confident communicators. By integrating writing activities, it allows children to practice their spelling and grammar skills in meaningful contexts.

At Primary Planet Tutoring we believe that ensuring children learn the correct spelling and grammar rules is essential for effective communication.

Grammar ensures that children can convey their thoughts and ideas clearly and accurately. Developing these skills early on sets a strong foundation for future communication in both written and verbal forms. The curriculum focuses on gradually building these skills over the key stages of primary education.

Tutoring Sessions, Primary Planet, writing tutors
Tutoring Sessions, Primary Planet, writing tutors

Key things they will learn including...

Through phonics, children learn to sound out words and blend the sounds to read and write. Key words or high-frequency words are words that appear frequently in texts and may not always follow phonetic patterns. Memorising these words helps improve reading and writing fluency. Investigating word families helps children recognise patterns in spelling and phonetics. 

In KS2, children build upon their phonic knowledge by learning common spelling patterns, such as vowel combinations, consonant blends and silent letters. Spelling rules are also taught, including various suffixes and prefixes. Sight words and word families increase in complexity and memory aids such as acronyms, rhymes and visualisation techniques help children remember tricky spellings.

Children learn about basic sentence structure, including understanding the role of nouns, verbs and adjectives, as well as basic punctuation. They begin to use different sentence types and learn how conjunctions can be used to connect ideas in sentences.

Children write increasingly complex sentences, introducing components such as subjects, clauses, pronouns and prepositions to create grammatically correct sentences. Different verb tenses are introduced, a variety of punctuation and conjunctions to connect words, phrases and clauses are used, as well as high level vocabularly.

A variety of writing techniques are used alongside spelling and grammar to allow children to apply their understanding in meaningful ways. Children practice forming complete and coherent sentences, developing more complex sentence structures as they become more confident. Creative writing opportunities allow children to use descriptive vocabulary as well as writing for different purposes. Children are encouraged to read their own writing, working collaboratively to identify errors and make corrections to theirs and others’ work.

Incorporating writing into the learning process is essential for children to apply and reinforce their spelling and grammar skills. This can be done through various genres including: creative narrative writing, non-fiction reports and journals or formal and informal letter writing. The process of editing and proofreading their work is specifically taught to allow children opportunities to assess their own and others’ work and make necessary corrections and improvements.

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