Subject co-ordinators: Miss Berenson and Mrs Edgell
At St Polycarp’s, we aim to inspire children to become enthusiastic readers, passionate writers and confident speakers. We do this through a variety of teaching methods, including group and individual reading sessions, writing for a range of purposes or based on a class book study and through drama, debates and presentations.
Reading helps boost a child’s vocabulary, literal and inferential thinking skills and familiarises them with parts of grammar that they may have been learning. Children will progress through coloured book bands as their reading improves and eventually they should become free readers. Please read with your child at home, asking plenty of questions, to help your child progress.
Your children will be given key spelling words to learn and utilise in their writing. Please allow time for the children to practise these and work with them on their recall. They could practise their spellings by writing them in different colours and sizes and writing short stories that incorporate their spelling words.
By the end of Year 2, all children should be writing cursively and maintaining legibility with longer pieces of writing. The more opportunities that children are given to write at home, the stronger their motor skills will become. They could help write the shopping list, write a daily journal about their day or write a report on something they have read or seen on television.
Punctuation and Grammar
As children learn different parts of punctuation and grammar, they should begin to embed these into their writing. By the end of Year 4, children should have a secure understanding of the following ten parts of punctuation and grammar (in order to allow time for more advanced grammar teaching in Years 5 and 6).
- Capital letters, commas and full stops.
- Nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.
- Statement, exclamation, question and command sentences with use of question and exclamation marks.
- Inverted commas to indicate direct speech.
- Determiners before a noun.
- Apostrophes (to show possession and omission).
- Prepositions to indicate the position of something.
- Pronouns to replace names.
- Conjunctions to join clauses together.