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Grammar games: SPaG activities for KS2

Children learn best when they're really enjoying what they're doing - and that includes learning about conjunctions and fronted...

KS2 prepositions

Grammar teaching tips that will take year 3 pupils FROM confusion TO confidence in nine easy steps

Year 6 reading comprehension: building confidence for SATs and beyond

Ensure success in those end of KS2 assessments, with resources and strategies for better text analysis

KS2 Determiners: definitions, teaching advice and essential resources

Help pupils in Year 4 and onwards to identify, use and understand the different ways we can modify a noun...

Character description: tips and resources for bringing characters to life

Successful writers know how to create convincing and memorable characters - and here's how they do it...

Word families: advice and worksheets for teaching root words in KS2

Improve comprehension skills and develop more sophisticated writing by exploring etymology with your pupils...

The past tense: KS1 verbs to revisit now and then

A secure understanding of how to use different tenses is essential if children are to make good progress in writing

Personification: making KS2 writing come to life

Help children write at greater depth, with language choices that really grab readers' attention

Writing newspaper reports in KS2: read all about it!

As non-fiction text types go, news articles provide opportunities to develop a whole range of key writing skills

Teaching onomatopoeia: make your lessons go with a bang

It's a tough one to spell - but a hugely useful rhetorical device for the greater depth writing toolkit in KS1 and KS2

WAGOLL: What good exemplification looks like

Great model texts, clear success criteria and plenty of aspiration will all help children produce their best work

The subjunctive: Y6 worksheets and resources to make it clear

If you were hoping to improve your teaching, understanding this often perplexing verb mood would be a great place to start...

FANBOYS: how to teach coordinating conjunctions in KS2

Understanding what makes a good compound sentence is an essential skill to help young writers make progress

Subordinating conjunctions: making complex sentences simple

It’s a term children first meet in Year 2 - and understanding it will take their writing to the next level...

Common exception words: making them stick in Years 1 and 2

Tricky words are often the most useful for children's reading and writing - so here's how to make them memorable

Bossy verbs: how to teach the imperative from Year 2 onwards

Help children get to grips with sentence types, with these top tips for identifying and using commands

Introducing apostrophes in Year 2: tips to help children remember

Teach possession and contraction well from the start, and you could prevent a lifetime of confusion for your pupils...

Ambitious vocabulary: the pros and cons of ‘wow’ words

Encourage children to add sophisticated shimmer to their writing, with truly thoughtful and creative vocabulary choices

Homophones: top tips for improving your/you’re teaching

End children’s confusion over words that sound the same, with these clever strategies for Years 2-6

Inverted commas: getting speech punctuation right at KS2

Perfectly punctuating dialogue is something that can trip up even experienced editors - but this quick guide should help pupils get it...

Letter writing in KS1 and KS2: nine tips for delivering great lessons

No matter how convenient it is to tap out a text, the epistolary art is still a valuable skill for children to learn...

Teaching alliteration: top tips and pitiful pitfalls

Adding rhetorical flourishes will help children achieve greater depth writing - but only if they know why they’re doing it...

Y5 relative clauses: 9 useful tips that promote confident teaching

Use these smart strategies to turn a challenging grammar topic into something that’s, well, relatively simple!

KS2 similes and metaphors: nine ways to teach with confidence

The effective use of descriptive language is key for greater depth writing - so here's how to help pupils bring their ideas to life...

Year 4 fronted adverbials: eight teaching tips to make it easy

It’s a notoriously (and perhaps surprisingly) challenging topic - but it's time to take the fear out of teaching fronted adverbials...

KS2 modal verbs: nine teaching tips you may/might/will want to follow

By the end of Year 5, children need to be able to identify and use modal verbs - but can you?

5 tips for stress-free homeschooling

Just a few small changes to the daily routine can really help keep children engaged whilst learning at home, suggests Charlotte Gater...

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