SPaG Mat 1 (Spring Term 2)
Your SPaG task today is to complete SPaG Mat 1.
Here are a few grammatical definitions which may help you:
Direct Speech - A sentence where the exact words spoken are represented, and shown in speech marks (also known as inverted commas). (“Tidy your room, please,” said Mum).
Homophone - Words that sound the same but have different meanings. Some have different spellings and meanings but sound the same - for example, ‘there/ their/they’re’; some are spelt the same but have different meanings - for example, ‘fair’ (‘Let’s go to the fair!’/’That’s not fair’).
Ambiguity - A sentence contains ambiguity if it could be open to more than one meaning. Pupils are taught to use hyphens to avoid ambiguity; for example, the sentence ‘Jaws is about a man eating shark’ could be ambiguous, but with the insertion of a hyphen becomes much clearer: ‘Jaws is about a man-eating shark’.
Modal Verb - A special verb which affects the other verbs in the sentence by showing obligation (e.g. ‘You should do your homework’), possibility (e.g. ‘I might have pizza for tea’), ability (e.g. ‘You can ride a bike now’) or permission (e.g. ‘You may go out now’).
Adverb - A word which describes how a verb action is being carried out, e.g. noisily, very.
Parenthesis - A punctuation mark used to set a non-essential section of a sentence apart. Also known as parenthesis. For example, ‘My friend Chloe (who is three months older than me) is coming to my house tonight’.
Relative Clause - A relative clause is a type of subordinate clause that adapts, describes or modifies a noun by using a relative pronoun (who, that or which). For example, ‘He ate too many cakes, which made him feel ill’.
Weekly Spelling Practise
Every week, we will focus on 10 of your year 4 and 5 statutory spellings. Please practise these spellings using the methods we use in class including pyramid writing, rainbow words and look, cover, spell. You will find some new ideas below which you may also like to try. When we start our Google Classroom meetings, I might just test you on them, so good luck!
Your 10 words for this week are: