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GPaS in Year 4

The National Curriculum 2014 has highlighted the importance of teaching children explicit knowledge of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. Building this knowledge is best achieved through a focus on grammar within the teaching of reading, writing and speaking. Once pupils are familiar with a concept they will be encouraged to use this in their speech and writing.

The table below shows the GPaS concepts introduced in Year 4:

Word The grammatical difference between plural and possessive –sStandard English forms for verb inflections instead of local spoken forms [for example, we were instead of we was, or I did instead of I done]
Sentence Noun phrases expanded by the addition of modifying adjectives, nouns and preposition phrases (e.g. the teacher expanded to: the strict maths teacher with curly hair)Fronted adverbials [for example, Later that dayI heard the bad news.]
Text Use of paragraphs to organise ideas around a themeAppropriate choice of pronoun or noun within and across sentences to aid cohesion and avoid repetition
Punctuation Use of inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech [for example, a comma after the reporting clause; end punctuation within inverted commas: The conductor shouted, “Sit down!”]Apostrophes to mark plural possession [for example, the girl’s namethe girls’ names]

Use of commas after fronted adverbials

Terminology for pupils determinerpronoun, possessive pronoun

adverbial

Spelling

Spelling in Year 4 is taken from the National Curriculum 2014. The table below lists the statutory requirements for Years 3-4.

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Useful sites for spelling:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

https://gb.education.com/games/spelling/