GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) is taught daily to all classes at Luddenham School, either in English lessons or independent to other lessons. Learning GPS is hugely important in helping the children to understand the way our language is formed and how to use it correctly. As there is now a GPS test as part of SATS, it is vital that our children know and understand how GPS works, not only to do well in their SATS, but to also excell in their writing.
Grammar and Punctuation
Grammar and punctuation is taught in English lessons as part of Talk for Writing. The children will learn key skills linked to certain genres to improve their writing. This helps the children to make associations between different genres and texts and the techniques used to construct them. Learning what these techniques are will help in their GPS tests, learning how to use these techniques will help improve their writing. That is why daily GPS teaching is vital.
For fantastic GPS support at home, please refer to the BBC Bitesize website:
Spelling is taught in years 2 and above through Spelling Shed. This is an excellent scheme used in many schools in the UK which focusses on teaching children the "rules" behind spelling, rather than teaching children to memorise spellings. The spellings your child is given weekly for homework will be based on the work that they have done in class with their teachers to learn their rules. They will then practice these spellings on Spelling Shed ready for their spelling test the following week. Occassionally, children will also be given statutory spellings. These are spellings that the children are expected to know by the end of their phase. For R, 1 and 2, these are in the form of High Frequency Words. Please see the documents below to find your child's statutory spelling list: