Library challenge

This morning the pupils had a special assembly to introduce this year’s library challenge. This free scheme at all local libraries involves the children solving the mystery by reading 6 books over the course of the summer. There are plenty of rewards available for all budding detectives!


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:

  1. Quantifiers – any number or amount before a noun, e.g. three chairs, many books, few people
  2. Articles – the articles are a, an and the
  3. Demonstratives – this, that, those, which…
  4. 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.


Parenthesis is a specific term used within writing lessons, when additional information is inserted into sentences. This can be done using three different pairs of punctuation marks.

No parenthesis

Bournemouth has a very long beach.

With parenthesis

Bournemouth, situated on the south coast of the United Kingdom, has a very long beach.

Bournemouth (a large town in the United Kingdom) has a very long beach.

Bournemouth – located within the United Kingdom – has a very long beach.

Subordinating conjunctions

All conjunctions join clauses. Some are coordinating and some are subordinating. Subordinating conjunctions are placed before subordinate clauses. These clauses cannot stand on their own.

MC SC sentences

These sentences have a main clause, then a subordinating conjunction and then a subordinate clause.

We went to the beach when we were bored.

‘When we were bored’ is subordinating because it cannot stand on its own.

SC, MC sentences

These sentences place the subordinate clause first in the sentence.

When we were bored, we went to the beach.

A white bus

A good way to remember which conjunctions are subordinating is ‘A white bus’:

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