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Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)




This term, we will be focusing on the new spelling patterns of words containing the 'k' sound spelt as 'ch'. You can support your child by identifying these words within the texts they read at home whilst also practising spelling them using Spelling Shed. 








We will also be using dictionaries to check our spellings and the meanings for words. To do this we need to know how dictionaries work and how to use our phonics knowledge to find the words we are looking for. Try to practice looking for different words in a dictionary at home, possibly to learn the meaning of a difficult word in their home reading book.




Inverted commas are used to show direct speech, the words that are spoken by a person or character. In our writing we need to use inverted commas to show when a person is talking. We will also be discovering different words for said to make our writing more interesting.


For example:

Grandpa Joe said "You mean to say I've never told you about Mr Willy Wonka and his factory?"

"Never" answered little Charlie. 





This term, we will be learning how to use a/an correctly and learning when to use inverted commas.


A should be used when a word starts with a consonant sound.

An should be used when a word starts with a vowel sound.

Be careful! It depends on the sounds the letters make not just the letters it starts with.

For example unicorn and umbrella both start with the letter u but we write 

a unicorn 

an umbrella 



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