Here are some useful websites which contain lots of interesting information about these amazing birds!
Two major uses for apostrophes are for possession and in contractions. Since coming back to school (Spring term), I've noticed a number of children using apostrophes in plurals which is not correct. For example:
The dog's are barking very loudly. An apostrophe is NOT required.
The dogs are barking very loudly. Correct - just add an s because there is more than one dog.
The dog's dinner was eaten by the cat. An apostrophe is required here because the dinner belongs to the dog.
These are two helpful websites to have a look at:
How to use possessive apostrophes (BBC Bitesize)
How to use apostrophes in contractions (BBC Bitesize)
Glossary of grammatical terms
Following on from the curriculum meeting the document below, produced by the government, contains many of the terms that schools use when teach grammar.
Children need to be able to use all the correct punctuation when writing dialogue - speech. There's quite a lot to remember! These web links are useful to look at. Speech marks are often called inverted commas in primary school.
Speech Marks (BBC Bitesize)
In our spelling lessons the last couple of weeks we have been focusing on homophones. They are words that sound the same but have different meanings. They also have different spellings.
Children often get confused with:
- two, too and to
- their, there and they're
These websites are worth having a look and will help your child develop a better understanding of what homophones are:
What are homophones? (BBC Bitesize)
How to use to, too and two (BBC Bitesize)
How to use their, there and they're (BBC Bitesize)
This week we have been having a few 'quizzes'. The first one focused on grammar and punctuation. One area I have identified we need to focus on are 'pronouns'. Although, we'll be covering these in class this following BBC web page is really good and has a few activities that will help.
What is a pronoun? (BBC)