Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
A new statutory test of English grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) was introduced for children at the end of Key Stage Two in May 2013. This has been introduced to reflect the Government's beliefs that children should have a better understanding of the more 'technical' aspects of English, such as grammar, punctuation and spelling by the time they leave primary school. At Westwood Primary School we teach the grammar, punctuation and spelling curriculum throughout Key Stage One and Two.
Children's phonological awareness and spelling strategies are assessed and informs teaching. Dedicated time is allocated for teaching and investigating spelling, as well as word level work linking to a related text in the main English session. Spellings are based on the new spelling guidelines and lists in the Primary English Curriculum appendices. Children are encouraged to practise their spellings as homework and are given tasks to support their learning in class. Children are tested in their target groups weekly. Word banks, along with dictionaries can be used to support children's spelling at the point of writing.