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?
Key Stage One: 5-7 years old
Plural noun suffixes
Expanded noun phrases
Progressive verb tense
Lower Key Stage Two: 7-9 years old
Present perfect verbs
Upper Key Stage Two: 9-11 years old
GCSE Grammar? Or perfect for primary pupils?