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Clowne Junior School

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Grammar Goals

The grammar mat is designed to be used as a warm up to this lesson and keep children revisiting objectives that form the English curriculum for Year 3 . The mat has six different questions looking at six areas of the year 3 curriculum. All of these have been covered in either English, spelling or grammar goal lessons. You can either print the sheet and the children complete their answers on here or do the work straight into the exercise books. The answers are provided for the children to check their own work and also as a point of reference if needed. 


On the grammar mat, questions B and C may prove a little tricky. B is trying to test your knowledge of irregular past tense-so it isn’t as simple as just adding ‘ed.’

C talks about a family of words. This means any words that have ‘real’ as a root word. An example would be ‘really’ as this uses real as the root word and adds the suffix ‘ly.’

Please note: speech marks can also be referred to as inverted commas or quotation marks.  

This week we are looking at direct speech and the rules for this. The children have looked at this in their English work on the traditional tale and have looked for where it has been used. An expectation at Year 3 is that the children can include correctly punctuated direct speech.  We have included a teaching aid to support their understanding of this.

It does take practise and lots of reminding of what to include so we have also attached a poster giving details of the rules to follow.

There are two tasks this week. They are done to support the stages of learning direct speech. The first task looks at children adding in the speech punctuation into a sentence and this maybe the stage that you child stays at. It does take practise! 

The second task is to convert simple comic strip into direct speech. Only move on to this if you child is secure with stage 1. This will involve children having to remember the different stages and it maybe worth showing them the poster attached to help them remember each stage.  If the children have their own comics at home, please do encourage them to use these if they want  and not the simple ones we have attached. We hope this will prove a fun way for them to practise.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing what you create.