This week the children have been asked to do reading daily, learn their spellings and complete Work out 4 in their maths homework books. English homework this week has been set online. Over the past 2 weeks we have been learning about adverbs, and this week we are concentrating on expanded noun phrases to give good description. The children have been set two spag.com quizzes. Their logins are in the front of their reading diaries- any problems please email me and I'll try and sort them for you.
Please see below for definitions of these terms.
An adverb is a word which describes how an action is being carried out. Adverbs can change or add detail to a verb, an adjective, another adverb or even a whole clause.
Adverbs are sometimes said to describe manner or time. To put it simply, they tell you how, when, where or why something is being done. In general, we use adverbs after the verb in a sentence, however in modern spoken English, this is not always the case.
There are countless numbers of adverbs for every possible action and children will be practising them throughout their time in education. Try our fantastic word mat with a list of adverbs to get you started.
A preposition is a linking word in a sentence, used to show where things are in time or space. There are prepositions of place, time, direction and agent. Prepositions are generally placed before the noun or pronoun to which they are referring in a sentence.
There are a large number of different prepositions, but the most commonly encountered at the primary level are:
A noun phrase is a small group of words which contains a noun but does not contain a verb. A noun phrase usually contains a noun plus other words to describe it.
Take a look at the example sentences below and think about which part of the sentence is a noun phrase.
That new pink bike is mine.
In this sentence, ‘that new pink bike’ is the noun phrase. ‘Bike’ is the noun, and the other words describe the bike.
The bakery on the corner sells lots of pastries.
In this sentence, there are actually two noun phrases. The first is ‘the bakery on the corner.’ The ‘bakery’ is the main noun in this phrase and ‘on the corner’ describes the bakery. The next noun phrase is ‘lots of pastries.’ ‘Pastries’ are the noun of the phrase, and lots of describes this noun.