SPaG as a form of amusement

Is it really possible to teach spelling, punctuation and grammar as a set of games? It can be argued that when children have an explicit knowledge of grammar, they will automatically become better writers. And yet that argument hasn’t been proven – or at least hasn’t been proven in all Read more…

What’s new at Brilliant Publications? (14 Apr 2022)

Here is what has been happening in the office recently. Developing Reading Comprehension Skills Years 3-4: Contemporary Children’s Literature I’m delighted to let you know that the Years 3-4 book for Contemporary Children’s Literature has gone to the printers and will be on sale from 30 April. I’m really looking Read more…

How to create a whole-school Grammar and Punctuation Programme

What is the most effective way of creating a whole-school Grammar and Punctuation programme? Schools that adopt a whole-school Grammar and Punctuation Programme typically find it easier to respond to the demands of the English Programmes of Study. For not only does it make it easier to have a unified Read more…

They speak but do they know?

They speak the language every day, but how can we best help children understand the elements within English? There is something fundamentally different about teaching English from teaching every other subject. For in English we are not teaching children something from scratch – as we might do with maths, a Read more…

Free activity materials from the Grammar and Punctuation Series Pack

Take advantage of these free activity materials from the Grammar and Punctuation Series Pack Year 1: Nouns are names Year 2: Noisy verbs Year 3: Preposition opposites Year 4: The Problem of ‘me’ or ‘I’ Year 5: Hyphens Year 6 Words that help your writing Request your free worksheets The Grammar and Punctuation Series Pack contains six photocopiable Read more…

Knowing is one thing, understanding is another

Knowing good grammar is one thing but understanding grammar is something else entirely. The single most powerful way that one can express oneself is by using one’s own words. And whilst it may appear that young people can express themselves orally or in writing when explicitly asked to do so, Read more…