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Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

At St Nicholas, we aim for all children to: -

  • acquire a wide vocabulary range and understanding of grammar
  • to have the confidence to apply their knowledge to their writing.
  • to be able to apply spelling strategies  to unfamiliar words and grammatical structures to  varying contexts


Teaching and Learning

At St Nicholas, spelling is taught as part of our daily routine. We teach the spelling rule at the start of the week through direct teaching. This spelling rule is then revisited daily through a variety of activities and techniques to support working memory.

Years 2 – 6 follow the ‘Spelling Shed’ scheme which covers all the spelling rules and statutory word lists set out in the National Curriculum. The children are tested each week on their spellings through oral dictation of sentences. Each week the Spelling Rule is also interwoven into the writing lessons for further opportunities to apply new knowledge. 


For Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling at St Nicholas we teach a grammar rule for the week through direct teaching at the  start of the week. We use ‘Nelson Grammar Scheme’ which follows the National Curriculum. The Grammar rule for the week is also a key focus during the extended writing activity at the end of each week.   Children are encouraged to apply this learning in their writing across the curriculum and different genres.

As children progress towards Year 5 and 6, they begin to explore the extent to which different grammatical structures can have an impact of the quality of their writing and fitness for purpose.


Together we learn,together we grow, with faith, love and God beside us