Primary English: Perfecting punctuation

Sian Evans
18th October 2017
Brackets, speech marks, exclamation mark and question mark to illustrate punctuation for primary school

Make punctuation lessons less painful with these engaging activities, games and displays

Whether pupils like it or not, understanding what each punctuation mark means and how to use it in a sentence is a crucial part of improving their writing. To help you overcome the groans at the mere mention of punctuation, we have picked a selection of resources that offer different ways to engage your class with this hard-to-sell topic.

Lesson ideas

Tackle the fundamentals with these easy-to-understand resources, packed full of examples so that pupils understand how to employ different types of punctuation. 


SPaG Year 5 Punctuation: Parenthesis (brackets, dashes, commas) and commas to clarify meaning

This pack contains 2 powerpoint lessons:

Parenthesis: How brackets, dashes or commas can be used to indicate parenthesis.

Commas: Gives examples of what can happen if commas are omitted, and how they are important to the intended meaning.
By highwaystar


The punctuation powerpoint is a great introduction to the what punctuation is. There is points where pupils get the chance to copy whats on screen and add the punctuation after it has been shown on screen. This covers Capital Letters, Full Stops, Question Marks, Exclamation Marks, Commas, and Apostrophes. The worksheet can be used in a follow up lesson as a refresher. This is aimed at KS2 but this could be used for lower end of KS3. Please leave your feedback so we can improve on this resource.
By GHSMedia

Capital Letters and Full Stops

‘Capital Letters and Full Stops’ is a 30 slide PowerPoint teaching resource designed to help pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of capital letters and full stops.

‘Capital Letters and Full Stops’ teaches pupils how to identify capital letters and full stops in a piece of writing and how to use them effectively and accurately in their own work. The resource includes:

1. Capital letters and full stops - definitions with examples of each.

2. Understanding how capital letters and full stops aid clarification in a piece of writing.

3. Identifying capital letters and full stops in a range of sentences.

4. Correcting a range of sentences by inserting capital letters and full stops.

5. 30 slide PowerPoint presentation.

6. 5 accompanying worksheets to assess pupil understanding.

By Online_Teaching_Resources

Displays and visual support

Brighten up your classroom with these colourful posters, which are ideal as quick, at-a-glance reminders for pupils during writing tasks.


Homophone and punctuation displays

A series of five flowchart displays / posters to make it easy for pupils to understand basic grammar and punctuation. Each flowchart allows students to easily work out either which form of a word they should use or whether they should punctuate their work in a certain way. The five flowcharts are:

Should I use an apostrophe?
Should I use a capital letter?
There, they're or their?
Two, to or too?
Where, wear or were?

These can be displayed around the room or given to pupils individually for ease of use and can all be easily edited if needed.
By Neil Charter

KS1 Punctuation Posters

Five posters illustrating simple punctuation marks with a few examples of their uses.
By Simon_H

Speech marks/punctuation reminder mat

Great sheet that can be used as a display or as a table prompt, to remind the children about the rules with speech and punctuation.
By Dan Gower

Games and activities

You can’t go wrong with one of these fun challenges, designed to test your learners’ understanding and help build up their confidence.


Punctuation 'Follow Me' Loop Card Game/Quiz

Colour coded for 3 levels of difficulty. Examples for each that can be used as ‘hints’.

Grammar and Punctuation version available here:
By Primary Class

Punctuation bingo

can be used with any ks2 class (or HAs in ks1) who are learning how to use punctuation. instructions are at the end of the document. Topics also included; sentence structure and punctuation.

By missjojo

Punctuation Pelmanism Game

Punctuation Pelmanism Game: A series of 20 cards featuring punctuation marks and their names. Take it in turns to turn over the cards and try to find matching pairs.

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By Helen Rachel Crossley

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