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Phonics and SPaG


We place a high priority on children acquiring a secure knowledge and understanding of the phonics system and being able to use and apply this in their reading and writing, and indeed all other aspects of their daily life.


From Reception to Year 2, we use the scheme Letters and Sounds to teach Daily Synthetic Phonics and this is aided by the use of the Phonics Play scheme. We use lots of other resources throughout the discrete teaching sessions and in daily provision to support children's acquisition of phonics.



Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)


Why is Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar 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 SPAG to progress in life and build careers.




What does the National Curriculum say about SPAG?


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

SPAG 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.”


Help for parents with a child's Spelling Journey

Parents Guided to Grammar across the year groups