Literacy 24th February 2017
Conjunctions are used to join words, phrases, or clauses in a sentence. For example: and, but, or, for, neither, nor, yet, once, since, although, because, if, until, unless, when, where, while, whereas etc.
There are two types of conjunctions: COORDINATING (and/but/or) and SUBORDINATING (all the rest!).
Challenge: Spot the conjunctions in these sentences and note whether they are coordinating or subordinating conjunctions.
1. I put on my shoes and I went out to play.
2. I can’t eat my sweets until after dinner.
3. I can’t go out tonight because I have to stay in and do my homework.
4. It had been a long time since I had last played football.
5. I was going to eat the sweets but I saved them for my sister.
6. She was nice to me although she wouldn’t let me play with the Lego.
Please give your responses to Miss Paine for a raffle ticket!
Literacy 3rd February 2017
This week we are looking at PRONOUNS. A pronoun is a word which mainly replaces a noun. Examples of pronouns – he, she, it, they, their, his, hers, ours, them, we. Pronouns are important to use in writing as it stops repetition and lengthy sentences!
Challenge: Can you make these repetitive sentences better by replacing some of the nouns with pronouns?
1) Philip played with Philip’s football in Philip’s garden.
2) Anna and Natalie enjoy watching Anna and Natalie’s video.
3) The dragon stood on the car and squashed the car.
4) Billy’s favourite subjects are maths and science. Billy’s good at maths and science.
5) Joel ran home. When Joel got home, Joel went to Joel’s room.
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Literacy 20th January 2017
The third main word class we’ll be looking at this week is verbs.
Verbs are doing (action) or being words, they show what a person or thing is doing or being.
We run around in circles.
Sarah and James are electricians.
Can we play in the park?
The cat sits on the sofa.
Challenge – Some words can be used as a noun and a verb depending on the sentence. e.g I am going to a dance at the weekend (dance = noun). Can we dance tonight? (dance = verb).
Can you use the following words as both a noun and a verb? Give your sentences to Miss Paine for a raffle ticket!
Literacy 9th December 2016
Thank you to those parents who have researched collective nouns – your raffle tickets will be with you shortly! Here are a few of the most interesting ones …
- A cauldron of bats
- Prickle of porcupines
- A bask of crocodiles
- A smack of jellyfish
This week we are looking at adjectives. Adjectives are describing words which describe nouns. For example – The dark and gloomy woodland came alive at night.
Challenge – can you up level these sentences by adding in some interesting adjectives? Please give your sentences to Miss Paine for a raffle ticket!
The pigeon swooped down over the city.
Cautiously, the lion stalked its prey.
Without hesitation, the boy opened the door.
The fox crunched through the snow as he crossed the field.
The waves crashed onto the shore.
25th November 2016
Many thanks to those of you who completed the curriculum questionnaires at the beginning of term asking for further explanations of maths and grammar objectives. Most people wanted a good overview of all of the curricular content so we have decided to have a weekly feature on the newsletter with links to further details on this section of the website. We will alternate between literacy and numeracy and in the Spring Term workshops will be organised either during or after school for a more practical approach. We urge you to get involved and as an extra incentive a raffle ticket will be given when parents respond to the challenges posed. A prize will be drawn every half term. Hand in literacy responses to Miss Paine and numeracy responses to Miss Bidgood. Look out for this box every week! Today we start with literacy: A large part of the SPaG curriculum is word classes – children need to be able to identify what word class a word is and its role within the sentence.
This week we’ll look at the FOUR TYPES OF NOUNS
Common nouns – general words for things, animals and people e.g table or pencil
Proper nouns – a name used for an individual person, place, or organisation (they always have a capital letter!) e.g Constantine
Abstract nouns – words for ideas and concepts e.g Happiness
Collective nouns – words for groups of animals or people e.g Herd of cows.
Challenge – Can you find any interesting collective nouns for groups of animals or people? E.g An army of ants or a murder of crows! Give your list to Miss Paine for a raffle ticket!
13th January 2017
This is a mastery activity for year 2 and involves looking at place value.
Complete the missing numbers, shown by a ?
- In the number 47, there are ? groups of 10 and ? ones
- The number that is ten groups of 10 is ?
- The number 75 shows ? in the tens place and ? in the ones place.