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Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

The two statutory appendices – on spelling and on vocabulary, grammar and punctuation – give an overview of the specific features that should be included in teaching the programmes of study.

 

Opportunities for teachers to enhance pupils’ vocabulary arise naturally from their reading and writing. As vocabulary increases, teachers will show pupils how to understand the relationships between words, how to understand nuances in meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language.

 

They will also teach pupils how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning.

 

References to developing pupils’ vocabulary are also included within the appendices.

 

Pupils will be taught to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English. They will be taught to use the elements of spelling, grammar, punctuation and ‘language about language’ listed.

 

Throughout the programmes of study, teachers will teach pupils the vocabulary they need to discuss their reading, writing and spoken language. It is important that pupils learn the correct grammatical terms in English and that these terms are integrated within teaching.

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