This Year 6 teaching sequence has been designed to support pupils to revisit and recall how colons and semicolons are used. An interesting and engaging image is provided as a visual prompt to stimulate discussion and inspire creative writing.
Pupils will revisit the grammar focus, in this case colons and semicolons, before completing the short writing task, applying what they have learnt.
What is included in this story starters resource pack?
- Colons and semicolons grammar challenge
Finish the sentences that include colons or semicolons
- Colons and semicolons writing challenge
Write the rest of the conversation, and try to use a semicolon and a colon in your writing
- Teacher’s notes
What is a colon?
A punctuation mark that is typically used to introduce a list of items, a direct quotation or some form of explanation.
- Mrs Jones said: “This was not supposed to happen.”
- They talked about three things: the weather, what they’d had for lunch and how noisy it was.
- The pain was bad enough to make one thing clear: he’d really hurt himself.
What is a semicolon?
A punctuation mark that indicates a pause, typically between two closely related clauses, that is more pronounced a comma but less pronounced than a full stop.
- I had a huge meal; however, I am already hungry again.
- I saw a large bird; it was eating a worm.
- Let’s go to the library; there is a book I need to borrow.
- I know you don’t like muesli; nevertheless, it is healthier than sugary cereals.
National Curriculum English programme of study links
Pupils should be taught to indicate grammatical and other features by using semicolons, colons or dashes to mark boundaries between independent clauses [and] using a colon to introduce a list.