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Grammar, Punctuation, Spellings

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

A new statutory test of English grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) was introduced for children at the end of Key Stage Two in May 2013. This has been introduced to reflect the Government's beliefs that children should have a better understanding of the more 'technical' aspects of English, such as grammar, punctuation and spelling by the time they leave primary school.  At Grove Primary School we teach the grammar, punctuation and spelling curriculum throughout Key Stage One and Two.


Children's phonological awareness and spelling strategies are assessed and informs teaching. Dedicated time is allocated for teaching and investigating spelling, as well as word level work linking to a related text in the main English session. Spellings are based on the new spelling guidelines and lists in the Primary English Curriculum appendices. Children are encouraged to practise their spellings as homework and are given tasks to support their learning in class. Children are taught spelling rules discretely using No nonsense spelling programme. Children are tested in their target groups weekly testing both statutory key words as well as spelling patterns and their application.. Word banks, along with dictionaries can be used to support children's spelling at the point of writing.

16 Word banks


Grove enjoys taking part in local Spelling Bee competitions.


Spelling Bee Competition 4th July


Pupils from Grove, Pakefield Primary and Westwood Primary competed in our annual KS2 Spelling Bee competition.  Over the last few weeks, each school has been busy holding heats with their classes to decide the final two participants that would be competing in the finals.  We were very impressed with the overall standard of the pupils spelling ability.  The overall winners were Pakefield Primary School, well done!