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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.


Sentence Types.

It is expected that the children should be able to write a variety of texts which include the following four sentence types..

Statements: Statements are sentences which tell you something.  They end with a full stop.


When they arrived there were lots of people at the park.


Questions: Questions are sentences that ask you something.  They usually end with a question mark.


What did you have for lunch?


Commands: Commands are sentences that tell you to do something.  They are often urgent or angry and can be very short. 


Put your feet down.   or    Stop doing that.


Exclamations: An exclamation is a sentence beginning with 'What' or 'How.' Its a full sentence containing a verb, which ends with an exclamation mark.


How kind of him to do that!


What a dangerous mountain to climb!


Are two or more words which have the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling.


there         their

blew          blue



Common homophones which the children use can be found illustrated in the documents below.  These are displayed in our classroom as a resource the children can refer to throughout their writing.


Similar to contract meaning to squeeze together, a contraction is when two words are made shorter by taking out some letters, replacing them with an apostrophe.


is not - isn'

The 'o' has been taken out of the words and replaced by the apostrophe.

I am - I'm

The 'a' has been taken out of the words and replaced by the apostrophe.

Grammar Hammer.

We have previously undertaken 'Grammar Hammer' as a weekly test to improve the children Grammar knowledge and understanding, this is now delivered through our English lessons.  Therefore, we have attached a copy of each test for the children to practice at home.

(Answers can be found at the bottom for parents!)