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Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)




This term, we will be looking at homophones again and ensuring we use these in our writing:


We will look at these homophones from year 2:

there / they're / their

our / hour / are

to / two / too


We will look at these homophones from year 3:

brake/break, fair/fare, grate/great, groan/grown, here/hear, heel/heal/he'll, mail/male, main/mane, meat/meet, peace/piece, plain/plane


We will also look at adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words of more than one syllable:


Consonant is doubled: forgetting      forgotten    beginning    beginner     preferred     preferring


Consonant is not doubled: gardening     gardener     limiting    limitation    limited




Keep an eye out on Spelling Shed for challenges set by Miss Bray and Miss Hamilton! Spelling Shed should be played daily. Can you get on to your class leader board?


Can you find any of these spellings in your reading book at home?



This term we will be looking back at apostrophes to consolidate using them in our writing.


We will be using the, to show letters that have been omitted and also for singular possession. We will make sure we know when a word is a plural (with the suffix -s or -es e.g. there are lots of dogs - no apostrophe is needed) and when an apostrophe is needed to show belonging (e.g. the dog’s toy).


 It is important that in any writing at home you make sure you are using apostrophes accurately.


You can play these apostrophe quizzes and games at home:


Later on in term 6, we will be writing fictional texts which will allow us to apply our knowledge of inverted commas from term 4 and 5.


You can practise using all types of punctuation with:




This term we are going to be looking at word families. Word families are groups of words that are linked together by the root word but have suffixes and prefixes added to them.


For example, a word family for the word



prefix       root word      suffix


Other words in this word family could be:









How many words can you think of in the word families for these words:






Spelling Shed

As a school we use Spelling Shed to support spelling at home. Your child will have been sent home with their username and password in their home learning books. Spelling Shed has personalised spellings to practise for your child. You can also reach Maths Shed through this link.


In this document are common exception words children should be able to read and spell by the end of Year 4