Can a Year 5 child fully understand and apply all of the grammar techniques that are in the statutory guidelines independently? I feel that I could just be suffering from a lack of confidence and exhaustion but when assessing at the end of this first term, I feel that few of my children are actually doing any of these things independently. I know we are only a third of the way through the year but I am thinking they should be doing a third of these things confidently by now. By independently I mean, without a check list, prompting, reminders etc. My children complete work in their books at least four days a week where I teach the grammar as part of my daily literacy lessons. I feel they, and I work very hard ( as we all do). They also have a grammar homework every week. The majority can talk the talk but struggle to apply their knowledge. Some days getting anything to make sense, capital letters, correctly placed commas and using the odd adjective or two is hard enough work without worrying about modal verbs and parenthesis! How does everyone else feel?