This teaching sequence has been designed to help children revisit and recall a key grammatical concept from the National Curriculum programme of study for Year 6.
The session provides a motivating and memorable image to stimulate discussion, before introducing the grammar element, which is ‘hyphens’.
Children have time to practise using this feature, before undertaking a short writing task to apply what they have learnt in the context of creative writing.
This primary resource includes:
- Grammar challenge
Hyphens avoid ambiguity in sentences. Here children are given a picture of ‘man eating shark’ (don’t worry, it’s just a child’s toy) and then have to draw a ‘man-eating shark’
- Writing challenge
Think of another example of a phrase where a hyphen is important for making its meaning clear. You could invent one of your own or use one of the examples given (such as ‘Ruby’s great-aunt’ / ‘Ruby’s great aunt’) and write and illustrate the two versions of your phrase
- Teacher’s notes
What is a hyphen?
A hyphen is a punctuation mark that’s used to join words, or parts of words, together. This then becomes a hyphenated word.
What is a hyphenated word?
Use a hyphen to join words or separate syllables of a single word. Hyphenated words show the reader that two or more elements in a sentence are linked.
When to hyphenate words
Hyphenate two or more words when they:
- come before a noun they modify.
- act as a single idea.
Hyphens can be used to avoid ambiguity (eg ‘man eating shark’ versus ‘man-eating shark’, or ‘recover’ versus ‘re-cover’).
Hyphenated words list of examples
check-in, empty-handed, get-together, in-depth, know-it-all, one-sided, runner-up, warm-up
National Curriculum English programme of study links
Using hyphens to avoid ambiguity