Punctuation, Vocabulary and Grammar

How do we teach grammar, punctuation & vocabulary at Ringmer?

Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary is taught through rich texts in English lessons. The rich text is explored firstly through reading exercises and then further through grammar investigations. The children unpick a specific skill, noticing the author’s choice of grammatical features and investigating what their intention was. Children play and experiment with the target grammar to see how it changes the extract; this helps to develop their understanding of the grammar and their ability to use it in their writing.

English lessons are skill focused and build up to an extended piece of writing. Over the course of the week, children generate a ‘Boxed Steps to Success’ to support their independent writing. The children can make links between the purpose of writing and its features, eg: Purpose: to inform and explain 🡪 Features: clear paragraphs and multi-clause sentences.

Writing opportunities are varied across a range of purposes and genres; usually there will be may have three or four different writing tasks inspired by one rich text.

Useful Documents & Websites

National Curriculum:

Please download the useful ‘English Appendix 2: Vocabulary, Grammar & Punctuation’ guide and the English ‘Glossary’, for full information on the techniques, phrases and terminology the children are learning.

BBC Bitesize: follow the link below for information, support, videos and activities:

KS1: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrqqtfr

Yr2 SATs support: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmb6mfr

KS2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhrrd2p

Yr6 SATs support: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbh892p

Oxford Owl: follow the link below for an overview of each year, with lots of information, support, and practice activities:


English Appendix - grammar, vocab, punctuation.pdf
English glossary.pdf