Using full stops

Learning focus

To use full stops accurately in correctly punctuated sentences.

This lesson includes:

  • a video reminding you about capital letters
  • a short introduction to full stops
  • three activities


When we write sentences, we always use a capital letter at the start.

We also use capital letters for I and for proper nouns (the names of people, places, languages, days of the week and countries).

Watch the video below and see if you can help Captain Capital defeat Captain Chaos!

Play along at home and see if you can help the Punctuation Pals.

At the end of a sentence we put punctuation.

This is usually a full stop but can also be a question mark or exclamation mark, depending on the type of sentence.

For this lesson, we're going to focus on full stops.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1: Punctuate with MC Ernie

Play the 'Punctuation' mini game on Small Town Superheroes.

Use the yellow arrows to navigate to the Ernie section to find the Punctuation game, then choose Full stops.

If you can, open the game in a new tab. You can do this by right clicking on the window and selecting 'open link in new tab'.

Click to play the game

Activity 2: Let's listen to a story

Next you are going to watch a video about a book called Sam Silver: Undercover Pirate.

Before watching the video, write one sentence explaining what you think it might be about. Remember to use a capital letter at the start and a full stop at the end.

Once you've written your sentence, watch the video below.

Actress Anjli Mohindra reads extracts from 'Sam Silver: Undercover Pirate' by Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler.

Now you've watched the video and you know what the story is about, look back on your sentence - how close were you to guessing correctly?

Now, write two more sentences that would describe the story to someone who doesn't know it. Don't forget your capital letters and full stops!

Activity 3: Let's write some pirate sentences

Create a list of words that you would associate with pirates. Here are some to get you started:

  • eye-patch
  • skull and cross bones
  • parrot

Once you've made your list, try writing three sentences about pirates using words from your list. Make sure you use capital letters and full stops.

Here are some examples:

  • Some pirates wear an eye-patch over one of their eyes.
  • A pirate flag usually has a skull and cross bones on it.
  • A parrot can sit on the shoulder of a pirate.

Where next?

In this lesson you have practised using capital letters and full stops.

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