The UK Government has recently stressed the importance of primary school children mastering spoken and written literacy skills. New specifications for the English curriculum at primary level were published by the Department for Education (DfE) in February 2013. These set out detailed programmes of study and learning objectives for each year of Key Stages 1 and 2 (KS 1 and 2). Grammar is accorded considerable importance at every stage, along with the formal skills of spelling and punctuation. Learning to understand the structure of the language is seen as integral to the development of reading and writing skills. Additionally, as part of a drive to improve standards, the government has introduced (in the current school year) a new statutory spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) test for Year 6 at KS2.