St Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a Voluntary Academy

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar


Here at Saint Stephen’s, we are aware the grammar of our first language (English) is learnt naturally and implicitly through interactions with other speakers and from reading. Explicit knowledge of grammar is, however, very important, as it gives us more conscious control and choice in our language.

In our study of Spelling and Grammar at St Stephen’s, we intend that our children will:

  • Experience a focus on grammar through the teaching of reading, writing and speaking.
  • Be encouraged to apply and explore learnt concepts in their own speech and writing, and to note where it is used by others.
  • Be taught by teachers who understand young pupils, in particular, typically use complex language in speech more than in writing, and our teachers build on this, aiming for a smooth transition to sophisticated writing