The word ‘determiner’ was introduced to the primary curriculum last year. This class of words relate directly to nouns but are not adjectives – they ‘determine’ the noun.
There are four main types of determiner:
- Quantifiers – any number or amount before a noun, e.g. three chairs, many books, few people
- Articles – the articles are a, an and the
- Demonstratives – this, that, those, which…
- Possessives – ours, my, your, their…
We teach the pupils to identify determiners by finding the noun, investigating which words relate to the noun and then disregarding any adjectives.