Sentence types

We teach a wide variety of sentence types at QPA. Here are some examples from Year 5. ‘MC’ stands for ‘Main Clause’, a clause that can stand alone and still make sense. ‘SC’ stands for ‘subordinate clause’, a clause that relies on a main clause for it to make sense. All clauses require a subject and a verb.

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!

Determiners

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.