We tried one of the CGP Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling workbooks for the first time last year and I must admit both my son and I found it suited us. So this year I bought him another one to use – KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling – Year 6: perfect for catching up at home (CGP KS2 English)
It is a straight forward workbook. But we like it for a few reasons – we like the layout of the pages – with the explanation at the top, followed by a few exercises. We like that the explanations are concise and clear and I really can hand the book to him and he reads it and completes it by himself – I like this as it is a step in the more independent style learning. Plus they have included all the answers at the back of the book.
The workbook is 100 pages long and is split into the three main sections – Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation. The pages are separate, stand alone pages so you can dip in and out and complete the pages in any order. Under each of the three sections they cover the following.
- Word Types – nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, synonyms and antonyms and pronouns.
- Clauses and Phrases
- Linking Ideas – conjunction, linking paragraphs with adverbials and repetition and ellipses.
- Tenses – present, past, past progressive and perfect form
- Sentence Structure
- Writing Style – formal and informal and writing for your audience.
- Sentence Punctuation – capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks.
- Commas – in lists, after subordinate clauses, after introductions, for extra information and to avoid ambiguity.
- Brackets and Dashes
- Apostrophes – for missing letters, for possession, its and it’s.
- Inverted Commas
- Colons and Semi-colons
- Paragraphs and Layout
- Prefixes – trans, bi, tri, semi, aero, micro, tele, photo, circum
- Word endings and Suffixes – shus, shul, ant, ent, ence, ancy, ence, ency, able, ible, ably, ibly, fer
- Confusing words – ei vs ie, words with ough, silent letters, homophones.
We do not use this book in isolation. In other words these are not the only English pages he is working through. I will often link a page out of this workbook with another activity – possibly something like a Twinkl worksheet, a lesson from The Night Zookeeper website or an English Lit activity. As a home educator I don’t think there is enough in this one workbook for you to use it by itself for the entire Year 6 English. But as a home educator it is a useful book, a guide that you can work through to make sure you have covered everything and it may possibly highlight areas that you need to work on. We recommend this workbook.
We bought our CGP Year 6 book from Amazon – KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling – Year 6: perfect for catching up at home (CGP KS2 English) but I have also seen them in our local bookstores.
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