Grammar

Grammar words on blackboard

Grammar – the very word makes most of us moan, but the importance of good grammar can't be emphasised enough. In this section of the site you'll find information on how to encourage good grammar habits in your child and spotting and fixing the most common grammar mistakes.

You'll also find lots of worksheets divided by school year and focusing on each of the different grammar skills that your child needs to master, such as apostrophes, tenses, verbs and subordinate clauses, as well as information on the new Year 6 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (SPAG) test and exclusive SPAG practice papers.

Articles

Grammar
13 ways to make grammar fun for children
With all Year 6 children now required to take a spelling, punctuation and grammar test and more emphasis on the technical side of English in the new primary curriculum, we asked the experts for their top tips and practical activities to help your child engage with – and enjoy – grammar.
Schoolgirl writing
Top 5 grammar mistakes sorted
Are you confident in helping your child to master grammar? Jackie Cosh explains the basic rules you need to know.
Adjectives
What is an adjective?
Adjectives describe nouns, but how will your child be taught to use them correctly? We explain how word banks and a thesaurus can help improve your child's writing by encouraging them to use effective, powerful adjectives in their work.

Worksheets

Irregular verbs: forming the past tense worksheet
Irregular verbs: forming the past tense
The present tense is used for an action that is taking place now. The past tense is used for an action that has already happened (this could be yesterday or a hundred years ago). Although many English verbs form their past tense by adding the suffix -ed, some do not. These are called irregular verbs. Can you write the past tense for each of these verbs and then learn how to spell them?
Capital letters and full stops worksheet
Capital letters and full stops practice
Your child can practise working with capital letters and full stops by writing them where needed in this list of sentences.
Correcting punctuation worksheet
Correcting punctuation
Maisie has written a letter to her favourite author, but she has forgotten all the punctuation! Can you go through her letter and add in capital letters and full stops? You may also need to include some exclamation marks, question marks and commas.

Games

Parts of speech quiz
Bobble shoot! Parts of speech quiz

Fancy shooting some blobs? You'll need to identify these parts of speech first.

 Nouns and pronouns quiz
Banana slinger! Nouns and pronouns

This cheeky monkey loves throwing bananas! Can you answer these questions on nouns and pronouns first to get a chance to shoot bananas at a moving target?

Comma, colon or semi-colon?
Cycling! Comma, colon or semi-colon?

Answer these questions on commas, colons and semi-colons to select a cyclist and race to the finish line. On your marks...

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SPAG papers

Prepare your child for the Year 6 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (SPAG) test

The new English grammar, punctuation and spelling test (informally known as the SPAG test) is now part of the KS2 SATs programme for Year 6 pupils, replacing the previous English writing test. Find out all about the test and download practice papers to help your child prepare:

KS2 SATs Grammar, punctuation and spelling practice paper A
KS2 SATs Grammar, punctuation and spelling practice paper B
KS2 SATs Grammar, punctuation and spelling practice paper C
KS2 SATs Grammar, punctuation and spelling practice paper D
KS2 SATs Grammar, punctuation and spelling practice paper E

Grammar Gator

Make grammar learning fun: discover two great grammar learning packs

Great Grammar Games: From proper nouns to pronouns, statements to subordinate clauses and articles to adverbs, help your child revise KS2 grammar the fun way with our Great Grammar Games learning pack. A friendly, grammar- and flamingo-obsessed Grammar Gator offers tips, tricks, exercises and activities to help your child practise all aspects of basic English grammar, helping them prepare for the Y6 grammar SATs in play-packed sessions.

Perfect Punctuation Workbook: Full stops, commas, semi colons, apostrophes… Whatever aspect of punctuation your child is grappling with, we’ve come up with a bumper pack of 60 activities to help them practise, as well as a parent's refresher guide to each punctuation mark and how it's used.

Grammar Made Easy

Grammar Made Easy

(eBook)

Grammar Made Easy is for every parent who wants their primary child to do well at school, to see them gain top marks for grammar and punctuation and use language as a door to future opportunities.

Each chapter of the eBook focuses on a specific area – such as tenses or apostrophes – and provides clear, simple explanations of rules to remember, plus examples of what’s right, what’s wrong and why. Then, there are quiz questions to recap and check that your child has understood everything.

This instant-download eBook covers all the key points that you and your child need to remember (plus the mistakes you need to avoid!), in a way that everyone can understand.

Grammar