chapter  4
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Grammar, spoken and written, in the National Curriculum

Language is an essential part of our cultural environment, and the diffusion of coherent knowledge about language is an important aim of the English curriculum.

(Cox, 1989, para 5.22)

Pupils’ entitlement to a grammar curriculum is outlined in the Standard Language Study section of all of the English National Curriculum programmes of study. The following is a summary of the language work which you are required to introduce at Key Stage 1 and develop at Key Stage 2:

■ the importance of standard English, its grammar and vocabulary; ■ the need to adapt language according to its purposes, audiences and contexts; ■ antonyms and synonyms; ■ the ritualised language of specific occasions such as celebrations; ■ characteristic language in story telling, for instance, once upon a time; ■ features of different kinds of texts: organisational, structural and

presentational; ■ the sentence (simple, complex, clause, phrase); ■ how sentences link together within paragraphs and across texts; ■ paragraphing; ■ the importance of clear diction and appropriate intonation; ■ the similarities and differences between the written and spoken forms of

language; ■ word families; and ■ use of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions,

verb tenses.