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Driffield Church Of England Voluntary Controlled Infant School

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Helping with SPaG


The National Curriculum for English includes a strong emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar (sometimes referred to as SPaG).


We begin this process in Foundation Stage with our teaching of phonics. The children learn one way to read and write each sound in the English language. We use 'phoneme fingers' and sound buttons to distinguish the sounds.  We demonstrate the correct use of tenses through speech and teach children how to punctuate basic sentences with capital letters and full stops.

In Year 1 the children learn all the different ways of spelling each phoneme and move onto more complex punctuation and grammar.  This continues in Year 2.


Children are assessed at the end of Year 2, through teacher assessment and national curriculum tests. An example test can be seen below:

Y2 example test


The following document gives you a clear explanation of all the definitions the children will be taught during their time with us.

SPaG subject knowledge for parents (and children)

Click below for information about how the different stages are taught.

How SPaG is taught in school

The following will show you what is expected of children at the end of each year group (up to Y6!)

Year Group expectations

This booklet will give you ideas about what you can do to help your child at home

Parent's Guide to SPaG