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Verbs, adjectives, suffixes, adverbs - requirement to teach in KS1

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ipadquietly Fri 20-Sep-13 19:33:07

Some of my class are so verbally challenged many of them can't string a sentence together orally. Next year they will need to deconstruct a sentence using technical vocab, and recognise suffixes, prefixes, etc.

Does anyone else who teaches KS1 think this is absolutely mindbogglingly ridiculous and unnecessary?

mrz Sun 22-Sep-13 13:37:04

Dare I confess my school has never stopped using Hayden Richards hmm

ClayDavis Sun 22-Sep-13 13:57:02

I can't see any reason for stopping using it. It's good at what it does. I used Jolly Grammar in KS1. They've brought out a 3rd one but I'm not sure how effective it would be in year 3. I'd want something with a bit more practice I think.

CecilyP Sun 22-Sep-13 14:28:40

I'm obviously older than you CecilyP

I doubt that, mrz.

^because I was taught Grammar from reception and told I had used an interesting verb or an exciting adverb in my writing and loved it!
We used First Aid in English every day and worked through the exercises^

You must have been very advanced, mrz, as I was still on the first Janet and John book after my one and only term in reception. I had never heard of a verb till first year juniors, or an adverb till about 3rd year.

and sorry but no your verbs are very ordinary

How disappointing - though I am sure they were perfectly adequate for saying what I wanted to say.

mrz Sun 22-Sep-13 15:41:01

Adequate like Ofsted satisfactory is no longer good Cecily wink

You could at least have tried informed or ^ notified^ or apprised or proclaimed or revealed for one of the told grin

mrz Sun 22-Sep-13 15:43:50

We also chanted continents and oceans and learnt poetry by heart

CecilyP Sun 22-Sep-13 15:52:07

But I wasn't angling for a place in pseud's corner. We also learned poetry by heart, but chanting continents and oceans, no! I thought that was a pre-WW2 teaching method.

mrz Sun 22-Sep-13 15:57:51

Not in the school I attended ...every afternoon the map was pulled down (it was on a roller like a blind) and the headteacher pointed to each as the children chanted the names ...we also had desks with dippy inkwells and pens ...told you I was old wink

ClayDavis Sun 22-Sep-13 16:29:50

Shh. You'll upset all those people that think Gove is being unrealistic in expecting children to know the names of the continents and oceans by the end of KS1.

We learnt poetry and had desks with inkwells but I don't think we chanted the names of the continents. I'm 31. Although to be fair, my school was stuck far more in the 1880s than the 1980s. I think it still has rules about who is allowed to tether their horse to the school fence.

WidowWadman Mon 23-Sep-13 19:39:39

Ah well, my daughter who started reception just about 3 weeks ago came home tonight to proudly explain to me what an alliteration is. Doesn't seem to have her done any harm.

PastSellByDate Tue 24-Sep-13 10:06:56

Hi ipadquietly:

A very long time ago - so long ago dinosaur's roamed the earth - in America on Saturday mornings during commercial breaks a government funded scheme payed for short animations about vocabulary.

Spellings may be slightly different in some areas - but these are catchy tunes and oddly enough once you see these they kind of stick. So yes it is possible for very young children (this was aimed at primary school kids ages 7 - 9) to get this.


conjunctions (connectives):







There may be more but that's a good start. My DDs both find these funny & it seems to have helped them 'get' the concept.


PastSellByDate Tue 24-Sep-13 10:07:53

sorry ipad - not sure why I typed vocabulary and not grammar - I think I will go get my coffee now.

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