Progression in Writing: Punctuation 5-7 Years

This framework can be used to assess the progress of children between the ages of five and seven who are learning to write. Useful, high-quality teaching resources have been matched to a number of key statements, which provide a guide for measuring pupils’ abilities in using punctuation.

 

Step 1a: Clauses are mostly grammatically accurate

E.g. The boy fell over the ball

Improving sentences presentation

  • Encourage pupils to add appropriate punctuation, followed by ambitious vocabulary and then a connective to ‘up-level’ their sentence.

Build a sentence

  • A sentence-building game with four different levels to develop children’s use of adjectives, adverbs, connectives and complex sentences.

Minibeasts: adding adjectives to sentences

  • Small sentences about minibeasts. Can children think of adjectives to make the sentences better?

Making sentences

  • Children choose a word from each section to construct a sentence.

Muddled sentences

  • Flashcards to support structuring sentences.

Silly sentence maker

  • This sentence-building activity allows you to mix and match sentence parts (TESiboard).


Step 1b: The writer shows some awareness of how to use of full stops and capital letters correctly

E.g. Today it is raining

Capital letters and full stops

  • Pupils must put a capital letter in each sentence and a full stop at the end.

Punctuation cards

  • Simple flashcards with the basic punctuation marks on them.

Punctuation superheroes

  • Characters to help pupils learn more about punctuation.

Full stop ideas and full stop spotter badges

  • A collection of ideas to encourage children to check their work for full stops.

Sentence doctor

  • Medical-themed VCOP activities.

Little Red Riding Hood’s missing punctuation

  • Children have to add the missing full stops and capital letters.

Punctuation marks

  • Share this on the whiteboard and ask pupils to write out the sentences with correct punctuation.


Step 2a: Clause structure is mostly grammatically correct and sentences are usually demarcated accurately with capital letters and full stops

E.g. The dog walked in the park

Changing simple sentences

  • Students must change simple sentences into compound sentences. Includes a list of conjunctions.

Kung fu punctuation

  • A visual aid to assist with adding punctuation to sentences.

Sentence doctor

  • Medical-themed VCOP activities.

Punctuation police

  • Children who finish their work become “Punctuation Police” and check the work of others.

Full stop ideas and full stop spotter badges

  • A collection of ideas to encourage children to check their work for full stops.

Punctuation fans

  • Use in conjunction with the punctuation pyramid or as a standalone resource during whole class teaching.


Step 2b: Writing shows some accurate use of question and exclamation marks, and commas in lists

E.g. I need some apples, pears and bananas for my fruit salad. Do I need anything else?

VCOP resource bank

  • Various resources, including quickfire activities, games and links.

Kung fu punctuation

  • A visual aid to assist with adding punctuation to sentences.

Add punctuation marks to improve the sentences

  • A set of sentences which need full stops, commas, question marks, exclamation marks and speech marks.


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