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Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)




This term, we will be recapping some spelling rules from year 2, including adding the suffixes ing, ed, er and est to words. Keep an eye out on Spelling Shed for challenges set by Miss Bray and Miss Hamilton!


We will also be looking at the suffix -ly. There are four rules for adding the suffix ly:


1. Add ly where the root word doesn't change e.g. slow > slowly

2. Add ly to root words ending in le (lose the le then add ly) e.g. gentle > gently

3. Add ly to root words ending in y (change the y for an i then add ly) e.g. happy > happily

4. Add ly to root words ending in ic (add ally instead of just ly) e.g. magic > magically


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


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. We also need to be confident in recalling our alphabet.


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.




This term we will be recapping the purpose of exclamation and question sentences. We will be ensuring we don't put capital letters in the middle of words and that we use them for the start of sentences and for names of people and places. You can do this whenever you write at home.


Practise your punctuation at:





This term, we will be learning how to use subordinating time conjunctions in our writing such as: as, after, when, whenever, while, before, until, since.



When we edit our writing we will be checking our sentences make sense by reading them aloud.




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