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Date given: 29.9.23
Due in: 4.10.23

SPAG Focus: Colons, Semi-Colons and Dashes

Purpose of Colons, Semi-Colons and Dashes

Colons can be used to introduce an explanation or items in a list. Semi-colons can be used instead of a conjunction to join two closely connected ideas in a sentence. They can also be used to separate longer phrases or clauses in a list. A single dash can be used to connect two main clauses or to add more information to a previous clause.

Task One: Fill in the missing punctuation. You may write on the sheet.

  1. Insert colons in the correct places in the sentences below.
  • Josh had three activities after school athletics, swimming and judo.
  • I’ve visited four countries Japan, Austria, France and Iceland.
  • Sophie baked her favourite cakes at the weekend raspberry and white chocolate muffins.
  • The zoo had lots of animals camels, elephants, lemurs, giraffes, lions and tigers.
  1. Insert semi-colons in the correct places in the sentences below.
  • The children were wet and muddy they desperately wanted to go home.
  • Rafael was tired he had spent the day travelling home from Scotland with his family.
  • Flora felt extremely excited her relatives were coming to visit from New Zealand.
  • My team are taking part in a cricket tournament tomorrow I really hope we win.
  • For your writing task today, you will need: a pencil with a sharp point a sheet of A4 lined paper and a new rubber to correct any mistakes that you make.
  1. Insert dashes in the correct places in the sentences below.
  • The wildlife programme was very interesting I found out a lot of new information.
  • Ostriches are the largest running flightless birds they can reach speeds of around 70 kilometres per hour.
  • I love to play the guitar I’m not as good as my sister though.
  • There is one thing we’ve forgotten to pack for our camping trip the tent!

Task Two: Have a look at the evacuee picture from WW2.

Imagine you are one of those children in the picture. Write a short chapter describing what will happen on your evacuation journey in your English homework book.

Remember – you should spend at least 45 minutes on your homework.

You need to use semi-colons, colons and dashes, as well as:


*Varied sentence openers,

*Range of coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

Task 3:

Learn the following spellings. You will be tested on Wednesday 4th October.

  1. Nuisance
  2. Secretary
  3. Signature
  4. Sufficient
  5. Vegetable
  6. Prejudice
  7. Harass
  8. Hindrance
  9. Government
  10. Committee

Challenge words: Luftwaffe, mischievous, controversy, chronological, consecutive