Literacy for Primary Teaching Assistants Inset

Develop your SPaG understanding and skills
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This CPD is for primary teaching assistants, classroom support assistants and all who work alongside primary teachers in the classroom.

The training is designed to make your role even more effective by developing your confidence in the mechanics of the English language and the ways in which children acquire literacy skills as they grow.

This training will give you the opportunity to ask all the questions you have always wanted to ask about how the English language works, to put your new understanding into practice and explore ways in which we can encourage children’s curiosity and excitement about words.

You will explore the way in which children develop language skills from birth and discover ways to ‘key in’ to that process so that you can help them to grow in confidence in their literacy. 

You will discover what the national curriculum has to say about English at each key stage and how the teachers are expected to plan for consistency and progression

The training will provide opportunities for you to:

  • Try out a few activities and games that help to grow children’s curiosity about the English language
  • Share any insights or good practice
  • Ask any questions you might have

Full Course Content

The background: 

  • how children learn to speak, read and write and the problems you can help them to avoid
  • why the quality of what children bring to a literacy lesson varies and how we can help
  • what is so hard about spelling, punctuation and grammar?
  • de-mystifying spelling, punctuation and grammar for you
  • de-mystifying spelling, punctuation and grammar for the children you work with 

The National Curriculum

  • what the NC says about SPaG
  • SPaG terminology
  • what the children are expected to be able to do at each stage of their development
  • what teachers and TAs need to know about SPaG
  • the links between spelling, punctuation and grammar 
  • how to ensure that the children enjoy their SPaG literacy

Teaching spelling 

  • moving from FS to Year 6 – what changes and what stays the same across the age phases
  • how phonics works and how you can make a difference rapidly
  • how to use phonics with older children
  • how to use embedded phonics for improving spelling
  • the etymological adventure – becoming ‘word archaeologists’
  • exploring morphology and etymology with children
  • the link between vocabulary and spelling
  • spelling games and activities and how to modify them for all ages and stages

Grammar – taking the language to pieces to see how it works

  • we all know grammar – we wouldn’t be able to speak if we didn’t!
  • ‘Under the microscope’ – encouraging children to realise what they already know
  • morphology - where grammar meets spelling
  • the EAL child – function words and content words
  • grammar games and activities and how to modify them for all ages and stages

Punctuation as a tool to help you make yourself understood

  • the difference between spoken and written language
  • the trouble with sentences and demarcating them 
  • starting with speaking - helping children to punctuate their sentences by listening first
  • punctuation games and activities and how to modify them for all ages and stages