Early Years and Foundation Stage

How to support your child at home

You may support this development by using words in a context ‘Let’s read the next sentence now,’ or ‘I’m going to think about what to say in my sentence,’ or ‘Have I finished my sentence yet?’

You can give the following activities a try!


Human sentences

Write each word of a sentence, and the full stop, on separate cards. Give each card to your child, and ask them to sequence the words to make a sentence!

Finish my sentence

Give the children an oral sentence starter, such as ‘My favourite food is… or ‘When it rains ...’ or ‘In the middle of the wood I saw...’.

Ask for several suggestions to add to each starter in order to make a sentence!

Noisy sentences

Read a text together. Ask the children to clap, knock on the floor or click their fingers every time they come to a full stop. Different sounds can be used for question marks and exclamation marks!




Writing, Grammar and Spelling

Expectations at the end of Key Stage 1

Practice examples: multisyllabic words

unworn, unhappily

unforgiving, merciful

thankful, unselfish

plentiful, unpopular

powerful, discomfort

fearful, spending

another, skipping

something, grandmother

whatever, grandfather

pretending, tomorrow

wonderful, together


Try this!

Children can play Create a word. Ask them to use all that they know about how words are structured to create three new words and make a dictionary definition for each one! They then explain how they are spelt.

Children look at a page of text and find the longest word. What does it mean? How is it

structured (built)?

How to support your child at home 

  • Read a sentence aloud. The children should repeat it and count the number of words. When writing sentences, rehearse the sentence and count the number of words. After writing, double check.


  • Write an incomplete sentence, eg The little cat, The big dog, and second part, e.g. sat in a tree, ran to me. The children match the halves to create sentences


  • Write partial sentences on a sheet for children to complete. Read a few chosen sentences. 'Are they complete? Do they sound right? Do they make sense? Do they need finishing?'


  • Rainbow sentences:
      • Choose a passage from a familiar story. Ask your child to read it aloud so you can scribe it, using a different colour for each sentence - rainbow sentences. Point out how the colour shows the sentence boundaries.
      • Give your child two coloured pens and a dry-wipe board. Help them to construct a sentence which they write in one colour followed by another sentence in the other colour and so on!







Writing and grammar


How to support your child at home

Synonym game- To support your child at home you could try playing some games such as the Synonym Game. Start off with a simple word such as ‘happy’. Take in turns to say a word which has the same meaning. You could then ask them what the antonym (opposite) for that word is.  

Connective game – Give the children a conjunction such as however, consequently, as a result, without warning. See who can make the most interesting sentence using one of these conjunctions. 

Extend the sentence – Give your child a simple sentence and ask them to extend it using subordinate clauses. Where would the commas be? E.g. John froze. – As darkness fell upon him, John froze.



At Cranborne we encourage children to identify vocabulary they don’t know the meaning of and try to clarify it by reading the sentences around it. Please support your child in doing this and talk them through this process. Please also refer to the ‘synonym game’ in the writing section.



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