Using punctuation in presentations - colons, semi-colons and bullet points
Blue Peter presenter Radzi and a group of children visit a law firm to learn about using punctuation in presentations. They find out what a board meeting is, and about presenting information in a precise manner. They insert colons and list items from a paragraph into bullet points. Radzi and the children have a conversation about the use of ‘and’ in a bulleted list. In the second part of the task, the children need to use a colon and a semi-colon. Using a colon to introduce a list and semi-colons to separate items in a descriptive list are explained.
If pupils are working on a piece of non-fiction writing, they may need to understand how to use bullet points. Pupils will be able to practice their understanding of skimming and scanning to illustrate that they have understood the main points of a text. Using semi-colons in a descriptive list could be a practical activity where pupils create their own sentences in a particular context – what a doctor needs, how to be a top goal scorer, how to apply gel nails etc.
This clip is relevant for teaching English Language and Literacy at KS2 and KS3 in England, Wales and Northern and 2nd Level in Scotland.