SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)


What are the expectations of Spelling Punctuation and Grammar? (SPAG)
SPAG work will be fully integrated into all areas of the curriculum.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) are planned:

  • To ensure that all pupils have the knowledge to spell words efficiently and accurately whilst drawing on knowledge of phonics and spelling patterns.
  • To ensure that all pupils are able to react to punctuation when reading, are aware of all parts of punctuation and where to apply/not apply them and to be able to write using these devices accurately.
  • To ensure that all pupils are aware of correct English grammar in terms of subjects, tenses and plurals whilst having a secure grasp of these linguistic skills both orally and in any form of written work.
  • To develop accurate speaking and listening for all children in the form of being effective and confident public speakers and storytellers who practise precise grammar and diction.
  • To develop the abilities of all pupils to cope with the cognitive demands of the curriculum and raise standards

Classroom provision:

  • Spelling in Years 1-6 will be taught discreetly in accordance with the new National Curriculum 2014
  • Pupils in EYFS and KS1 will be taught phonics through Read Write Inc programme
  • Literacy and Language in KS2 will be used to support the teaching of phonics
  • In KS2 the new National Curriculum 2014 for spelling will be taught
  • Punctuation will be taught discreetly and as part of Literacy lessons using the new National Curriculum 2014 guidance
  • Grammar will be taught in accordance with the new National Curriculum 2014 appropriate to each year group
  • All children will be fully included in all aspects of SPAG teaching and will be appropriately supported and challenged
  • SPAG links to the wider curriculum will be made regularly e.g. science vocabulary

Session Planning:

Planning for SPAG is recorded on Literacy plans and may involve discrete skills sessions but must also be fully integrated into all areas of literacy (particularly shared reading and writing)
SPAG challenge will be carried out in early morning sessions and/or Literacy lessons for a total of 15 minutes each day.


  • Teachers will assess pupils informally and will make necessary corrections to spoken and written SPAG
  • Teachers will assess independent writing each half-term using 21 steps
  • Year 6 will undertake the SPAG test as part of their SATs assessments
  • Year 2 SATs will include a spelling test
  • Year 1 will undertake a phonics screening test