Great Grammar Games in Primary School aim to make the many aspects of primary grammar straightforward and, most importantly, fun.
Grammar Games in primary school: what you
need to know to support your child
Grammar Games, The word sends shivers down the spines of parents, children, and even a few teachers! But why does it? Maybe it’s the fact that this element of the English language comes with its own glossary of terms. Trying to sort your main clauses from your subordinate clauses and your nouns from your verbs can become something of a nightmare, especially for children.
The aim of this learning pack is to make the many aspects of primary grammar straightforward and, most importantly, fun. Since May 2013, Year 6 children have taken a ‘SPAG’ (spelling, punctuation, and grammar) test as part of their KS2 SATs and this can be quite a daunting prospect.
Grammar is an important aspect of the assessment, and more complex grammar concepts have been introduced as part of the new national curriculum (from 2014). We hope that, by using this comprehensive pack, your child will feel confident about tackling the test, and that they will deepen their understanding of the English language.
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Grammatical terms and word classes:
There is an extensive list of words associated with grammar that children need to know, understand and use. Until now, in many primary schools, the teaching of grammar has been implicit – children learned the appropriate skills without really knowing that they were learning them.
There are advantages and disadvantages; while the whole prospect doesn’t seem so daunting, it is difficult to progress to learning a foreign language without a secure understanding of the vocabulary associated with English grammar. Additionally, if children write an inaccurate sentence, they are unlikely to be able to unpick it and correct it without a sufficient understanding of grammar.
The grammar glossary on the following pages includes many of the words associated with grammar and provides specific examples. It also covers aspects of sentences, which can become very complicated.
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