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I am a specialist leader in education for SPaG and have been supporting schools in the delivery of the SPaG curriculum for the last two years. I have 13 years of experience teaching Y6, but have worked across all year groups within KS1 and KS2 developing long term plans, assessment resources and lesson plans that promote active learning. The more structured approach to the subject has had a massive impact on writing standards, particularly among boys and less able writers.

I am a specialist leader in education for SPaG and have been supporting schools in the delivery of the SPaG curriculum for the last two years. I have 13 years of experience teaching Y6, but have worked across all year groups within KS1 and KS2 developing long term plans, assessment resources and lesson plans that promote active learning. The more structured approach to the subject has had a massive impact on writing standards, particularly among boys and less able writers.
Past tense verbs (irregular)
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Past tense verbs (irregular)

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This resource includes a comprehensive teacher Notebook which introduces the children to irregular past tense verbs and promotes the importance of spelling them correctly. There is also an independent task sheet for the children to put their learning into practice and a challenge activity that introduces them to the fact that some verbs are spelt the same in both the past and present tense.
Y5 SPaG progression overview
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Y5 SPaG progression overview

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This resource supports the development and progression of the vocabulary, grammar and punctuation elements of SPaG in Y5. The objectives are grouped into units which are then linked to a literacy genre so that they can be taught in a way that supports and enhances the children’s writing as well as ensure they are well prepared for the SPaG standardised test at the end of the key stage. Each unit includes detailed information about what the objectives mean and key teaching points to consider when delivering them. There are also example questions based on the KS2 SPaG test to support the discrete teaching of the objectives. The document covers all the areas detailed in the 2014 National Curriculum for Y5 as well as builds on the work the children have covered in previous year groups. It provides a more structured approach to the teaching of writing and SPaG that appeals to most pupils but particularly boys and pupils working towards the expected standard.
Y6 SPaG progression overview
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Y6 SPaG progression overview

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This resource supports the development and progression of the vocabulary, grammar and punctuation elements of SPaG in Y6. The objectives are grouped into units which are then linked to a literacy genre so that they can be taught in a way that supports and enhances the children’s writing as well as ensure they are well prepared for the SPaG standardised test. Each unit includes detailed information about what the objectives mean and key teaching points to consider when delivering them. There are also example questions based on the KS2 SPaG test to support the discrete teaching of the objectives. The document covers all the areas detailed in the 2014 National Curriculum for Y6 as well as builds on the work the children have covered in previous year groups. It provides a structure to the teaching of writing and SPaG that particularly appeals to and supports boys and pupils working towards the expected standard.
To use pronouns effectively.
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To use pronouns effectively.

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This resource includes a teacher Notebook which introduces the subject and object pronouns, as well as possessive pronouns, through active tasks that the children will enjoy. There is also an independent task sheet for the children to put their learning into practice and a challenge activity that will help to assess their level of understanding as well as promote the importance of using pronouns effectively in their writing to avoid repetition and create links within and across their sentences .
Y1 SPaG progression overview
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Y1 SPaG progression overview

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This resource supports the development and progression of the vocabulary, grammar and punctuation elements of SPaG in Y1. The objectives are grouped into units which are then linked to a literacy genre so that they can be taught in a way that supports and enhances the children’s writing as well as ensure they are well prepared for the SPaG standardised test at the end of the key stage. Each unit includes detailed information about what the objectives mean and key teaching points to consider when delivering them. There are also example questions based on the KS1 SPaG test to support the discrete teaching of the objectives. The document covers all the areas detailed in the 2014 National Curriculum for Y1 and provides a more structured approach to the teaching of writing and SPaG that appeals to most pupils but particularly boys and pupils working towards the expected standard.
Y3 SPaG progression overview
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Y3 SPaG progression overview

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This resource supports the development and progression of the vocabulary, grammar and punctuation elements of SPaG in Y3. The objectives are grouped into units which are then linked to a literacy genre so that they can be taught in a way that supports and enhances the children’s writing as well as ensure they are well prepared for the SPaG standardised test at the end of the key stage. Each unit includes detailed information about what the objectives mean and key teaching points to consider when delivering them. There are also example questions based on the KS2 SPaG test to support the discrete teaching of the objectives. The document covers all the areas detailed in the 2014 National Curriculum for Y3 as well as builds on the work the children have covered in previous year groups. It provides a more structured approach to the teaching of writing and SPaG that appeals to most pupils but particularly boys and pupils working towards the expected standard.
Y2 SPaG progression overview
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Y2 SPaG progression overview

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This resource supports the development and progression of the vocabulary, grammar and punctuation elements of SPaG in Y2. The objectives are grouped into units which are then linked to a literacy genre so that they can be taught in a way that supports and enhances the children’s writing as well as ensure they are well prepared for the SPaG standardised test. Each unit includes detailed information about what the objectives mean and key teaching points to consider when delivering them. There are also example questions based on the KS1 SPaG test to support the discrete teaching of the objectives. The document covers all the areas detailed in the 2014 National Curriculum for Y2 as well as builds on the work the children have covered in previous year groups. It provides a more structured approach to the teaching of writing and SPaG that appeals to most pupils but particularly boys and pupils working towards the expected standard.
SPaG whole school progression and assessment grid
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SPaG whole school progression and assessment grid

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The SPaG objectives from the 2014 National Curriculum have been taken and organised on to one grid to make the progression of the objectives across the year groups clear. The grid also allows teachers to easily access what has already been taught so the objectives can continue to be revisited and built upon year on year. The grid could also be used as an assessment tool as to be age related, children should be able to access the objectives within their year group as well as be secure in the objectives from previous year groups. The blue objectives provide some guidance of the greater depth standard; however, in general, the children should show a greater level of security within their year group objectives taking the statements from ‘some’ to ‘most’. The children should not be taught objectives out of their year group but some may naturally apply some of the higher objectives to their writing which may also be an indication that they are starting to work within greater depth. As such, having easy access to future objectives is another usual assessment tool.
past perfect tense
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past perfect tense

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This resource includes a comprehensive teacher Notebook which ensures the children understand how to use the auxiliary verb ‘had’ before looking at how to use verbal rehearsal to identify the simple past tense and past participle forms of verbs. It then teaches them how to combine these skills to write in the past perfect form before learning some of the scenarios where they might apply it in their writing. There is also an independent task sheet for the children to put their learning into practice and a challenge activity that ensures they recognise when to use the past perfect tense and when to just use the simple past.
Present tense subject-verb agreement
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Present tense subject-verb agreement

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This resource includes a comprehensive teacher Notebook which ensures the children are secure with singular and plural subjects before introducing them to 1st, 2nd and 3rd person. The resource then encourages the children to apply these skills by identifying singular, 3rd person subjects that will need an ‘s’ adding to the verb to maintain subject-verb agreement. It also asks the children to suggest subjects that will match the verb as well as looking at their ability to apply spelling rules when adding ‘s’ to a verb. There is also an independent task sheet for the children to put their learning into practice and a challenge activity that introduces some of the more complicated rules for maintaining the subject - verb agreement.
present tense sub/verb agreement
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present tense sub/verb agreement

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This resource includes a comprehensive teacher Notebook which ensures the children are secure with singular and plural subjects before introducing ‘am’, ‘is’ and ‘are’ as singular and plural verbs. The resource includes noun and pronoun subject led sentences as well as sentences where the subject comes after the verb. There is also an independent task sheet for the children to put their learning into practice and a challenge activity that introduces some of the more complicated rules for maintaining the subject - verb agreement.
Determiners and pronouns.
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Determiners and pronouns.

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This resource includes a teacher Notebook which introduces the different types of determiner through active tasks that the children will enjoy. There is also an independent task sheet for the children to put their learning into practice and a challenge activity that will help to assess their level of understanding as well as ensure that they are secure in the difference between a determiner and a pronoun as the overlap can be confusing for some children.
noun or a verb?
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noun or a verb?

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This resource includes a comprehensive teacher Notebook which introduces the fact that some words can belong to different word classes depending on how they are used in a sentence. There is also an independent task sheet for the children to put their learning into practice and a challenge activity that will help to assess their level of understanding as well as ensure that they are secure in the subject - verb - object structure of a sentence and how they can use this to determine whether a word is acting as a verb or a noun.
Different types of noun.
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Different types of noun.

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This resource includes a comprehensive teacher Notebook resource to introduce the different types of noun to the children - common, proper, abstract and collective - as well as a series of independent student tasks. There is also a challenge task at the end to help assess the student’s level of understanding. The resource could be easily adapted to be used across KS2.
The subject and punctuating sentences.
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The subject and punctuating sentences.

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This resource includes a teacher Notebook which introduces the various forms the subject of a sentence can take but in active ways that the children will enjoy. It also provides an ideal platform to consolidate the children’s understanding of what a sentence is in order to ensure they can use full stops accurately and consistently in their work. There is also an independent task sheet for the children to put their learning into practice and a challenge activity that will help to assess their level of understanding.
The object and punctuating sentences.
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The object and punctuating sentences.

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This resource includes a teacher Notebook which introduces the various forms the object of a sentence can take but in active ways that the children will enjoy. It also provides an ideal platform to consolidate the children’s understanding of what a sentence is in order to ensure they can use full stops accurately and consistently in their work. There is also an independent task sheet for the children to put their learning into practice and a challenge activity that will help to assess their level of understanding by ensuring they can distinguish between the object of a sentence and an adverbial.
Present progressive tense
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Present progressive tense

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This resource includes a comprehensive teacher Notebook which ensures the children can maintain subject - verb agreement with ‘am’, ‘is’ and ‘are’ before looking at spelling rules for adding ‘ing’. It then teaches them how to write in the present progressive before learning some of the scenarios where they might apply it in their writing. There is also an independent task sheet for the children to put their learning into practice and a challenge activity that ensures they recognise when to use the progressive tense and when to just use the simple present.
Y4 SPaG progression overview
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Y4 SPaG progression overview

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This resource supports the development and progression of the vocabulary, grammar and punctuation elements of SPaG in Y4. The objectives are grouped into units which are then linked to a literacy genre so that they can be taught in a way that supports and enhances the children’s writing as well as ensure they are well prepared for the SPaG standardised test at the end of the key stage. Each unit includes detailed information about what the objectives mean and key teaching points to consider when delivering them. There are also example questions based on the KS2 SPaG test to support the discrete teaching of the objectives. The document covers all the areas detailed in the 2014 National Curriculum for Y4 as well as builds on the work the children have covered in previous year groups. It provides a more structured approach to the teaching of writing and SPaG that appeals to most pupils but particularly boys and pupils working towards the expected standard.
subject verb agreement (past)
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subject verb agreement (past)

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This resource includes a comprehensive teacher Notebook which ensures the children are secure with singular and plural subjects before introducing ‘was’ and ‘were’ as singular and plural verbs. The resource includes noun and pronoun subject led sentences as well as sentences where the subject comes after the verb. There is also an independent task sheet for the children to put their learning into practice and a challenge activity that introduces some of the more complicated rules for maintaining the subject - verb agreement.
Past progressive tense
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Past progressive tense

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This resource includes a comprehensive teacher Notebook which ensures the children can maintain subject - verb agreement with ‘was’ and ‘were’ before looking at spelling rules for adding ‘ing’. It then teaches them how to write in the past progressive before learning some of the scenarios where they might apply it in their writing. There is also an independent task sheet for the children to put their learning into practice and a challenge activity that ensures they recognise when to use the progressive tense and when to just use the simple past.