Punctuation & Grammar in the New Curriculum

Punctuation & Grammar (PaG) in
the New Curriculum
Phase 3
• New harder curriculum
• Woven into English sessions
• PaG lesson a week
• Use of PaG throughout wider
curriculum writing
• Aim – pupils to meet the age
expected punctuation and
grammar element
• Termly test
• Afternoon groups
Example Year 4 Questions
• Underline the adverbial phrase in this sentence:
In the afternoon, the whole class went swimming.
• Write one suffix which can be used with all of these
• Rewrite the following words as contractions with
They have =
We would =
Example of Content in Year 4
The difference between plural use of –s (girls)
and possessive use of –s (the girl’s bag)
• The correct use of plural possessive (the girls’
• Punctuation of direct speech (punctuation
prior to speech, inverted commas to open,
initial capital letter, closing punctiation,
inverted commas to close
Example Year 5 Questions
• Circle the two prepositions in this sentence:
There are two good toyshops in my town and one of
them is beside my house.
• Insert the correct relative pronoun to fill the gap in
this sentence:
Scotland, __________ my mother was born, is our
favourite place to go on holiday.
• Underline the subordinate clause in this sentence
While you were sleeping, I made you a lovely
Example of Content in Year 5
• The use of relative pronouns
• Bracket, dashes & commas for parenthesis
• Commas within clauses to avoid ambiguity (A
panda eats, shoots and leaves/ a panda
eats shoots and leaves)
Example Year 6 Questions
• Rewrite this sentence using the passive voice
Leila and Joshua tidied the whole classroom while
the others went outside
• Add dashes to this sentence
On the farm which is near out school there are pigs,
goats and cows.
• Explain why a colon is used in this sentence.
In the summer, we will visit a number of people in our
family: aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.
Example of Content in Year 6
• Synonyms and antonyms
(Synonyms – two words that mean a similar thing
e.g. happy & joyful
Antonyms – opposite words e.g. happy/sad)
• Active and passive verb forms
(the dog ate the bone/ the bone was eaten by the
• Impersonal form
(It’s time for bed as against the personal form, it’s
time for you to go to bed)
Ways to help your child…
Use the correct terminology when you discuss
PaG with them
• Pick them up on incorrect grammar use in
• Websites to help: