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KS1 SPaG: what is an exclamation sentance?

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Paperm0ver Tue 15-Mar-16 14:31:59

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mrz Tue 15-Mar-16 17:31:13

There are four main sentence types


Declarative, imperative and exclamative can end with an exclamation mark.

In formal grammar exclamative/exclamatory sentences begin What or How and end with an exclamation mark.

I'm suggesting our Y2 teacher does a retelling (or uses it as a model) of Little Red Ruding Hood. What big eyes/ears/teeth you have!

Paperm0ver Tue 15-Mar-16 18:20:11

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mrz Tue 15-Mar-16 18:25:24

You are right both those sentences are questions (interrortative )
An exclamatory sentence would be something like
How lovely you look!
What a beautiful picture!

Paperm0ver Tue 15-Mar-16 19:52:39

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Feenie Tue 15-Mar-16 20:05:25

'What a beautiful picture!' is an exclamatory phrase - no verb, innit grin

mrz Tue 15-Mar-16 20:07:03


mrz Tue 15-Mar-16 20:08:11

Oops blush wink

Feenie Tue 15-Mar-16 20:08:24

The Year 2 curriculum, the interim framework for KS1 writing assessment and the sample SPAG describe 4 different sentence types - question, command, exclamation and statement.

DoctorDonnaNoble Tue 15-Mar-16 20:08:42

Take care, the new tests demand a definition which is debatable (putting it mildly). Check out Michael Rosen (of bear hunt fame) on Facebook for further info

Feenie Tue 15-Mar-16 20:10:12

That site is quite confused too. Poor six year olds!

Feenie Tue 15-Mar-16 20:12:33

I think between us we've covered the info, actually:

For the purposes of the stupid Y2 assessment, an exclamation must start with What/How, contain a verb and end with an exclamation mark.

Paperm0ver Tue 15-Mar-16 20:16:19

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mrz Tue 15-Mar-16 20:38:39

Since when dud Michael Rosen become an expert in education?
I'm not sure if that should be an exclamation!

Paperm0ver Tue 15-Mar-16 21:22:08

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Feenie Tue 15-Mar-16 21:28:13

That's right.

mrz Wed 16-Mar-16 06:04:30

My example needs to be
What a beautiful picture that is!

What a surprise it was!

Turning an exclamatory phrase io a sentence somehow removes the emotion IMHO

Feenie Wed 16-Mar-16 06:40:41

I have dreamt all night about exclamation sentences!

I need to get a life.

mrz Wed 16-Mar-16 06:53:39

I dreamt about a narrow gloomy cave! Tiptoe, tiptoe WHAT'S THAT?
One shiny wet nose!
Two big furry ears!
Two big goggley eyes!
IT'S ...... MICHAEL ROSEN!!!!!! [argh]

Paperm0ver Wed 16-Mar-16 07:31:32

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ScarlettDarling Wed 16-Mar-16 07:38:37

The difficulty comes in explaining to a bunch of 6 and 7 year olds that 'what' and 'how', which up until now how been 'question' words, can also indicate that a sentence is an exclamation.

And also helping them to understand that seeing/using an exclamation mark at the end of a sentence doesn't necessarily mean that it's an exclamation, but that it's just being used as a punctuation mark at the end of a statement or command.

As a year 2 teacher, I think this is serious SPAG overload.

ScarlettDarling Wed 16-Mar-16 07:39:14

And yes, 'is' and 'was' are verbs.

mrz Wed 16-Mar-16 07:44:22

It's a crazy expectation for 6/7 year olds to be independently using these in writing but then "independent" now seems to be redefined as with support ...the assessment is a mess! Or should that be What a mess the assessment is!

Can't wait for the reading exemplification materials to be released ...

irvine101 Wed 16-Mar-16 07:54:22

My ds (YR3) was doing main verb and helping verb the other day.
Helping verb: am, are, is, was, were,has, have, had ,will

Is that actual name(correct grammar term )for those?

thecatfromjapan Wed 16-Mar-16 08:02:34

I am really keen to know which grammar authority the new SPAG tests refer to.

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