Acting Deputy of English/Head of literacy
Supporting your child in their writing
What do we expect all students to have as a foundation in literacy?
- Apostrophes are used for possessions (belonging to) or omission (letters missed out) e.g.
Jack’s (singular possession)
The six brothers’ coats (multiple possessions)
Apostrophes are never used for plurals e.g. tables
- Commas are used for lists e.g. apples, pears, oranges
Commas separate clauses in complex sentences e.g. the car, which was two years old, had considerably devalued.
- Colons are placed between two main clauses in cases where the second clause explains or follows from the first e.g. That is the secret of my extraordinary life: always do the unexpected.
- Semi Colons can replace a full stop if the writer wishes to develop the first point between two closely linked sentences e.g. Call me tomorrow; you can give me an answer then.
When supporting your son/ daughter with writing:
- Are they able to use simple punctuation accurately? e.g. full stops, commas, apostrophes, capital letters
- Do they understand how and when to use paragraphs in their writing?
- Can they use connectives effectively to show cohesion in a piece of writing?
- Do they correctly spell the key terms in each subject?
- Do they understand how to structure an extended answer in your subject?
- Are the able to subordinate sentences accurately?