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Inset day

Ask children what they already know about sentence structure and punctuation.


Use Year 3 punctuation poster discuss the following.

  • Capital letter

  • Finger space

  • Full stop

  • Read it back and check it makes sense.

Discuss the use of commas, question marks and exclamation marks


Work through the punctuating sentences and using commas PowerPoints. 



Ask the children what they already know about using commas.


Explain we use commas after introductory a) clauses, b) phrases, or c) words that come before the main clause. a. Common starter words for introductory clauses that should be followed by a comma include after, although, as, because, if, since, when, while. While I was eating, the cat scratched at the door.


When writing a list, you should put a comma between each item, except for the last item where you use 'and'. For example: "I need to go to the supermarket to buy eggs, milk, bread, sugar and orange juice."



  Ask the children what they already know about using apostrophes.


Explain that we use apostrophes for possession and contractions.


Apostrophes are used for only two purposes: to indicate a contraction or ownership. Use the apostrophe with contractions. The apostrophe is always placed where the letter has been removed. For example couldn't, don't, isn't, you're, she's, it's- which is “it is.”


Apostrophes to show possession are used to create possessive nouns, which show 'ownership' or 'possession' of something. We use apostrophes to show possession by adding either the apostrophe + 's' ('s) or just an apostrophe to the end of the noun showing possession



Work through the Using possessive apostrophes PowerPoint



Work through the Using apostrophes for contractions PowerPoint


Children to complete PowerPoint activities on white boards.




Complete the spelling test.