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A short presentation outlining recent govermental changes to the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG).

Colin Tucker

on 12 March 2013

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Transcript of SPAG

Finally How should we teach grammar?

Embed it in lessons on writing or reading so that it is meaningful.

Encourage discussion, experimentation, choice and decision making rather than correctness.

Be explicit about it.

See grammar as a creative tool. Why test SPAG? Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) Government believes that pupils should have mastered these important aspects of English by the time they leave primary school, and that recognition should be given to good use of English.

It is also suggested that this will help “close the gap” between pupils giving everyone access to the standard english. The DRAFT curriculum for KS1 and KS2 English has a strong emphasis on SPaG.

The SPaG test will assess children’s abilities in the following technical aspects of English: grammar, punctuation, spelling & vocabulary. It will assess level 3-5 of the current English curriculum. A separate level 6 test will be available for schools that wish to enter children who are expected to be working above level 5 at the time of the test.

The current English writing test assesses technical English skills through writing composition. In contrast, the new “English grammar, punctuation and spelling” test will use closed response and short response questions to assess these elements of the programme of study. The level 6 test will include an extended response task. Spelling What do we need to do know?

Do we need to make any changes? Punctuation Has anything changed?

"The abuse of punctuation suggests that most candidates are ignorant of its function in determining structure and meaning or are unimpressed by its importance."

O level English language report 1952

Present expectations:
National Curriculum Programmes of Study KS1
Pupils should be taught:
a. how punctuation helps a reader understand what is written
b. the connections between punctuation and sentence structure, intonation and emphasis
c. to use capital letters, full stops, question marks and to begin to use commas. How could you punctuate this sentence? a woman without her man is nothing Grammar We all need to know and be able to use:
Co-ordination and the compound sentence
Subordination and the complex sentence
Cohesive devices such as pronouns, consistent tense, appropriate connectives and adverbials
The active and passive voice

These can be taught at stages appropriate to the child, the purpose of the writing and the intended audience. Punctuation will also need to be taught at the same time so that getting to grips with the grammar doesn’t get in the way of clear communication.

Key texts: Grammar for Writing. Developing Early Writing. A woman, without her man, is nothing. or .... A woman: without her, man is nothing. National Curriculum Programmes of Study KS2:
Pupils should be taught to use punctuation marks correctly in their writing, including full stops, question and exclamation marks, commas, inverted commas, and apostrophes to mark possession and omission.
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