Below are the grammatical terms primary teachers have to teach their pupils. The curriculum states, ‘Explicit knowledge of grammar is very important, as it gives us more conscious control and choice in our language. Building this knowledge is best achieved through a focus on grammar within the teaching of reading, writing and speaking. Once pupils are familiar with a grammatical concept [for example ‘modal verb’], they should be encouraged to apply and explore this concept in the grammar of their own speech and writing and to note where it is used by others.’

Pupils are required to sit a grammar test as part of their SATs, where they must demonstrate their understanding of the grammatical terminology they have been taught.

Do they really need to know all of the terminology though at this age? Do Secondary students learn or revise these terms? Do GCSE students need to be able to explain the terms?

Is the primary grammar curriculum appropriate?

Grammar Curriculum

Key Stage One: 5-7 years old

Letter
Capital letter
Word
Singular
Plural
Sentence
Punctuation
Full stop
Question mark
Exclamation mark
Plural noun suffixes
Clauses
Verbs
Adjectives
Personal pronoun
Subordination
Co-ordination
Adverbs
Expanded noun phrases
Statement
Question
Command
Present tense
Past tense
Progressive verb tense
Commas
Apostrophe
Singular possession
Compound

Lower Key Stage Two: 7-9 years old

Consonant
Vowel
Conjunctions
Prepositions
Adverbs
Paragraphs
Pronoun
Possessive pronoun
Adverbial
Cohesion
Headings
Subheadings
Present perfect verbs
Simple past
Inverted commas
Direct speech
Word family
Prefix
Clause
Subordinate clause
Plural possession
Possessive
Plural
Adjectives
Verb inflections
Noun phrases
Fronted adverbials
Determiner

Upper Key Stage Two: 9-11 years old

Relative clauses
Model verbs
Verb prefixes
Brackets
Dashes
Parenthesis
Relative pronoun
Ambiguity
Informal speech
Formal speech
Synonyms
Antonyms
Passive
Cohesive devices
Subjunctive forms
Ellipsis
Columns
Bullet points
Semicolon
Colon
Independent clause
Subject
Active


GCSE Grammar? Or perfect for primary pupils?

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