To be able to write effectively, children need to be able to talk fluently, expressing their ideas clearly. As such, it is very important that you talk to your child, encouraging them to develop their vocabulary, sentence structure and understanding of different genres.
There are lots of different activities that you and your child can carry out at home to develop these skills, such as:
· Getting your child to orally tell you a story
· The Alphabet Game. Challenge your child to come up with an animal name, adverb, or adjective for each letter of the alphabet.
· How many adjectives (describing words) can they come up with in one minute?
· Playing consequences verbally
· Silly sentences. Get your child to start a sentence, then add to it using connectives. How long can they keep the sentence going?
· Get your child to describe a character or setting from their favourite story. Can you guess who it is without your child telling you?
· In a small group, put post its on each child’s head with a famous person’s name on them. Children take it in turns to describe the famous people, and children must guess which famous person they are.
Look for ways to encourage your child to write, pointing out different types of writing in the home. Also think about getting your child to write:
· Writing shopping lists
· Recording cooking recipes
· Writing stories
· Creating leaflets and posters
· Letters to family members
· Writing addresses
· Notes, texts, emails and memos
· Thank you letters
· Book, film or game reviews
Your child will experience a wide range of genres throughout their time at Cheddar Grove. On the weblink page there are a range of games that will help your children to develop their understanding of the features of different genres, improve their descriptions, the structure of their writing and their word choices.
Grammar is key to ensuring that your child’s writing makes sense. It includes punctuation, sentence structure, spelling and vocabulary choices. In the weblink section you will find lots of fun games to help your child improve their grammatical accuracy.
This year, our year sixes will be expected to complete a grammar test as part of their SATs. This is made up of about 45 questions which will test the children’s knowledge of punctuation, vocabulary choices, sentence structure and the purpose of different words. Further information about the grammar test, including sample papers, can be found at:
To help your child prepare for this test, here are some mini grammar tests which your child can try out at home.
In Cheddar Grove, children are encouraged to learn phonic patterns, spelling patterns and specific key words. On the weblink page there are some great websites listed, which your child can use to learn spellings in a fun and interesting way.
In the document below there are lots o exciting ways to help your child to practice their spellings at home.
In addition, there is a new curriculum coming out next academic year, with a large focus on spelling. Here is a list of the key words for spelling that the new curriculum will teach.