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October 19, 2015

Monday 19th October 2015 – Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Workshop (Upper School)

Filed under: English,Whole School @ 6:53 pm

Following the lower school workshop at the beginning of the term, Mrs Daniels this evening presented a SPAG workshop for the upper school this evening.  Over the course of the evening, she talked through the expectations for the end of Year 6, the terminology used in each year group, and the way in which pupils will use this grammar in their own writing.

Thank you to all the parents who came along – and to all the children who came back to help us out.

For those unable to attend, here are some brief pointers from the evening.

A booklet of guidance for parents was given to all who attended – this booklet can be downloaded here.

We also gave out a copy of the new SPAG Sample SATS paper from the DfE which can be downloaded here.  The answers to the paper (for those who are extra keen) can be downloaded here.


There are seven domains covered by the end of key-stage SPAG test

– Grammatical terms & word classes
– Functions of sentences
– Combining words, phrases and clauses
– Verb forms, tenses and consistency
– Punctuation
– Vocabulary
– Standard English and Formality

In school, we teach SPAG progressively – each year builds on the year before.  The current Year 2 cohort is the first year group who will have completed the new national curriculum fully.  Expectations in each year group are high in order for children to meet Age Related Expectations by the end of Key Stage 2.

How will SPAG be taught?

– In English lessons – children will use what they learn in their writing
– Stand-alone lessons – practising key skills out of context before applying them
– Homework – tasks matched to objectives being taught in school
– Spelling tests – learning sentences which contain key spelling skills and sentence structures

Spelling Sentences

– These are differentiated according to need
– They include high-frequency words and words from word lists
– Pupils have two weeks to learn sentences
– There are rewards for correct spellings, sentence structures and punctuation

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