The Grammar 6 Handbook
The Grammar 6 Handbook is designed to follow The Phonics Handbook and the Handbooks for Grammar 1 to 5. It provides extensive photocopiable material and a wealth of practical advice for teaching children in their seventh school year.
The Grammar 6 Handbook is intended to:
• extend and refine the children's understanding of the grammar already taught,
• introduce new elements of grammar, such as gerunds, countable and uncountable
nouns, relative pronouns, linking verbs, modal verbs, modal adverbs, relative adverbs, adverbials, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, and prepositional phrases acting as adjectives,
• teach new spelling patterns systematically, with particular emphasis on the more unusual spellings of the vowel sounds, 'silent letter' digraphs, numerical prefixes, and closely related suffixes like <-ity> and <-ety>, <-ious> and <-eous>, <-ure> and <-our>,
• develop a greater understanding of sentence structure, introducing indirect objects,
relative clauses, complex sentences, imperatives, 'to do' as an auxiliary verb, colons
and semicolons, and the passive voice,
• improve vocabulary and comprehension, and introduce paragraph structure, cohesion,
idioms and alliteration,
• further develop dictionary and thesaurus skills, examining the differences between
formal and informal writing, and
• reinforce the teaching in The Grammar 5 Handbook.
As part of the Jolly Phonics programme, the teaching is multisensory, active and progresses at a challenging pace. It places emphasis on consolidating the children's learning and helping them to apply their skills. Each part of speech is taught with its own action and colour. The actions enliven the teaching and make the learning easier. The colours, which are useful for identifying parts of speech in sentences match those used by Montessori Schools.