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Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS)

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS)


Our writing curriculum incorporates the statutory content within the National Curriculum for Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, explicitly mapped for each year group to ensure progression of knowledge and skills. Teaching builds on prior knowledge and skills and is taught and practised in context, using core texts/stimulus, so that children learn how to apply their learning to achieve specific effects. Vocabulary is taught in context so that children learn the meaning, how and when to use it and how to spell those words correctly. In addition to investigating the language features of different purposes for writing, pupils are taught to explore and have fun with word structures in order to develop their vocabulary and understanding of idiomatic English.

Why is Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling so important?

  • Punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence greatly.

  • We need to use Standard English to communicate effectively. Using incorrect punctuation, grammar and spelling can change the meaning of sentences, whether spoken or written.

  • Children need to use accurate GPS to progress in life and build careers.



What does the National Curriculum say about GPS?


Reading is divided into two parts, word reading and comprehension.

GPS is featured in the comprehension part, as it is related to understanding of texts and reading as a whole.



Writing is divided into two parts, transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition, (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).

“Pupils should be taught to use the elements of spelling, grammar, punctuation and ‘language about language’ listed.”

“Throughout the programmes of study, teachers should teach pupils the vocabulary they need to discuss their reading, writing and spoken language. It is important that pupils learn the correct grammatical terms in English and that these terms are integrated within teaching.”