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My grammar is terrible and DD1 (KS1) keeps asking me questions. Can you recommend a book or website.

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backinschool Thu 10-Mar-16 21:24:29

DD1 is in year 1 and absolutely loves school. In particular, she loves learning new 'big important words' as she calls them. Until now I have been happy to help her to find onomatopoeia words in her books or come up with lists of adjectives to add to her stories but today she was reading her new Supertato book and asked whether meanwhile is a timeline adverb. It made me realise that my grammar is rubbish and it won't be long before I can't answer her questions. I can write fairly well (now I'm waiting for the teachers out there to point out all the mistakes in my post wink), but I don't know any of the terminology etc that kids learn now. Either we didn't learn it in the eighties or I've forgotten it all.

I'd like to find a book/website I can use to familiarise myself with the grammar my DDs will be learning in primary so I can support her at home. I have found some books aimed at adults but I was hoping to find something that is aimed at KS1/2 to give me an idea of how it is taught. I've found some workbooks but nothing that lists what they need to know with some simple explanations for children. I don't want to teach her anything, her class teacher is amazing and I'll leave it up to her, but I'd like to be able to answer her questions at least.


cariadlet Thu 10-Mar-16 21:41:11

I love Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation by John Seely and Jumpstart Grammar by Pie Corbett

backinschool Thu 10-Mar-16 21:48:46

Thanks cariadlet, I'll go and have a look on amazon.

Savagebeauty Thu 10-Mar-16 21:51:18

The new first aid in English..its a fifties book but still available

MakingJudySmile Thu 10-Mar-16 21:59:21

The Grammer Girl website, , is good too; though difficult to navigate (better when followed as a blog on FB).

I'd second the A-Z too.

Another good one is Collins Complete Writing Guide:

To teach yourself Grammer I recommend Grammar in Use:

MakingJudySmile Thu 10-Mar-16 22:01:00

Pa ha ha

I spelt grammar wrong - twice!!

backinschool Thu 10-Mar-16 22:08:51

Thanks MakingJudySmile and Savagebeauty, I'll check those out too.

Blowninonabreeze Thu 10-Mar-16 22:21:01

The CGP ks1 study books are really good.

backinschool Thu 10-Mar-16 22:27:08

Thanks Blowninonabreeze, I should have thought of those. I've used them for GCSE but I never thought about looking for a KS1 version.

irvine101 Fri 11-Mar-16 06:12:52

mrz Fri 11-Mar-16 06:17:33

Meanwhile is a conjunctive adverb but she doesn't need to know that its not in the national curriculum. I suspect "timeline adverb" is something her teacher says.

mrz Fri 11-Mar-16 06:18:41

Washediris Fri 11-Mar-16 06:49:30

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WhatBloodyTimeDoYouCallThis Fri 11-Mar-16 07:04:48

We've got this one which is good (and only £3.99 from the book people)

backinschool Fri 11-Mar-16 07:43:41

Thanks for all the links and book recommendations. I'm going to order a couple of books today, and it's really useful to have a list of the grammar they should be covering.

Mrz - I'm sure 'timeline adverb' must be the way her teacher has described it as it's not something she would come up with on her own. I thought that it might be a common term used in KS1 but maybe not.

Paperm0ver Fri 11-Mar-16 08:35:13

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dayslikethis Fri 11-Mar-16 09:15:36

J.E.R. - Junior English Revised - an old book (I think originally published in the 60s but most of the ones available now are from the 80s) but it's great. I used it in primary school 25 years ago but we have bought a copy from Amazon and my DC love it. It's great for grammar but also for learning lists of things like collective nouns and habitats etc...

dayslikethis Fri 11-Mar-16 09:16:51

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mrz Fri 11-Mar-16 16:36:37

Backing hook it isn't a term you'd find at any stage

jamdonut Sat 12-Mar-16 14:55:34

We say 'time connectives' for meanwhile, then, next, first, etc. And we have the words (printed from a website...Twinkl probably) on clock faces around the literacy working wall.

backinschool Sat 12-Mar-16 16:28:19

That's interesting jamdonut. I checked with DD again in the morning and apparantly she had called it a time adverbial not a timeline adverb (I just didn't hear properly in the car). This is really why I leave it up to the school most of the time. Everyone seems to teach these things slightly differently and I don't want to confuse DD by using different terms. It would still be good to brush up on the basics though so I'm looking forward to reading through the books I have ordered.

jamdonut Sat 12-Mar-16 21:10:49

I always thought I had a very good grasp of English language, but some of the terms that are being used, even in KS1, are making me rush to look things up! I'm sure half these things weren't taught when I was at school! ( Or not the fancy names they are using now!)

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