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How to Help your Child

The most successful children know that their family supports them and shows an interest in their day to day school life.

  • Talk to your child about what they are doing at school.
  • Encourage them to find out things for themselves.
  • Read books with your child. Take them to the local library and help them to choose books.
  • Let your child help you in the kitchen and when you are doing other work in the home.
  • Listen to your child. Encourage them to ask questions. If you do not have the answer, why not find out together?


The new English grammar, punctuation and spelling test (informally known as the SPAG test) was introduced in May 2013 as part of the KS2 SATs programme for Year 6 pupils, replacing the previous English writing test. In 2016 a test will be introduced for KS 1.


‘The Government wants all children to leave primary school with a sound grasp of essential English skills,’ says a Department for Education (DfE) spokesperson. ‘The test will put an additional focus on writing skills and encourage good teaching.’ The DfE has yet to confirm whether children will receive a standalone mark for the SPAG test, or whether it will form part of their overall English level.


There are plenty of other ways to help your child revise for the test:

  • Copy some sentences from a book and get him to underline either the main or subordinate clause.
  • Write down some unpunctuated sentences for your child to punctuate correctly.
  • Call out a word and ask your child to tell you a synonym (a word that means the same) or an antonym (a word that means the opposite).
  • When writing letters or emails, encourage your child to add an adjective or adverb to a sentence (e.g. ‘Thank you for my wonderful birthday present’)
  • If your child asks you a question, ask how he would rephrase it as a command (e.g. ‘Can you make me a drink?’ becomes, ‘Make me a drink!’)
  • Make spelling part of everyday life! Try a few unusual strategies to improve your child's spelling, put a few teachers' spelling tricks to the test or play some great spelling games.
  • Encourage your child to read a variety of texts – fiction, information books, comics, newspapers, magazines, etc – to broaden their vocabulary.


This is a link to our schools Grammar 4 Parents -page - click on the parents tab and you will see a Grammar 4 Parents page.

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