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English part 1

English Tuition – Part 1

Grammar Part 1

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Volume 1
  • Simple sentences – Understanding the need for a sentence to make complete sense.
  • Capital letters – Using a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence, for a proper name and for a title.
  • Question marks and exclamation marks – Understanding that question marks and exclamation marks are special cases of full stops and where to use them.
  • Nouns – Understanding that a noun is a naming word. It is the name of a person, animal, place or thing.
  • Verbs – Understanding that a verb is a being word. It tells us what a person, animal or thing does.
  • Simple sentence construction, subject – verb – object – Recognising and building sentences.
  • Subject-verb agreement – The verb ‘to be’. Understanding the concepts of past and present, singular and plural.
  • Conjunctions – Linking sentences with and or but.
  • Improving sentences using a range of conjunctions – Understanding when to join sentences and when not to.
  • Verb tenses, past and present – Understanding the need for consistent use of verb tenses.
  • Direct and indirect speech – Introducing speech marks.
  • The use of the comma to separate a list. 
  • The language of time – Using the vocabulary of time to establish chronology in a story or recount.
  • Statements and questions – Changing from one to the other. Understanding and using questions.
Volume 2
  • Talking about writing – Why do we write? – purpose and audience.
  • Using a dictionary and thesaurus – Understanding alphabetical order and how and why we use dictionaries and thesauruses.
  • Using a glossary and index – Understanding what the terms mean and how each is used.
  • Writing instructions – Starting with a verb or a time connective and using the present tense to write clear and precise instructions.
  • Writing letters – Understanding how to set out and write a personal letter and a postcard. Using capital letters and new lines to set out an address.
  • A chronological recount – How to recall, order and write an accurate account of a real event. Using time connectives to link events.
  • An information book – Understanding title, contents, chapters, headings and subheadings. Using contents, chapters and index to find information. Constructing simple information sheet.
  • Re-telling a story – Adapting the techniques used to write a chronological report to retell a well-known story.
  • Story structure – Understanding the basic structure of beginning, middle and ending. Using a spider diagram to plan a simple story based on questions. Writing a short story.
  • Setting the scene – Using descriptive language to tell the reader more about how a place looks, sounds and feels.
  • Character profiles – Using descriptive language to tell the reader more about the people in a story.
  • Poetry – Shape poems, acrostic poems. A first look at rhythm and rhyme.
  • Comprehension – Reading for meaning. Finding information and answering questions.
  • A book review – Stating a reasoned opinion and recommendation.
  • Making notes – Identifying the important information. Using words and phrases rather than complete sentences. Key facts.