Freshly Cut Adjectives

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Blog No 25 – Responsibly Sourced Adjectives

My local supermarket sells everything these days; eggs, TVs, socks, ‘freshly cut sandwiches’, car insurance, spatulas, holidays, ‘freshly cut sandwiches’ … you name it, it even has a brand new all-singing, all-dancing ‘information hub’ so I visited it recently to get some clarification on their ‘freshly cut sandwiches’, this is what happened (verbatim).

“Can I help sir?”
“Yes, these ‘freshly cut sandwiches’ of yours, can you tell me exactly when they were cut?”.
“Well sir, we prepare all our sandwiches at first light using only our own finest range of cold meats, fresh salads …”
“Yeah, I’m not really interested in what’s in them, I just want to know when the two pieces of bread with whichever filling, were actually, physically sliced diagonally into two halves?”.
“Is that important sir?”
“Yes I think it is, you have a twelve foot neon sign next…

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Describing Nouns Using Adjectives

Many languages, including English, distinguish between adjectives, which qualify nouns and pronouns, and adverbs, which modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Not all languages have exactly this distinction and many languages, including English, have words that can function as both. For example, in English fast is an adjective in “a fast car” (where it qualifies the noun car), but an adverb in “he drove fast” (where it modifies the verb drove).

In Dutch and German, adjectives and adverbs are usually identical in form and many grammarians do not make the distinction, but patterns of inflection can suggest a difference:
Eine kluge neue Idee. A clever new idea.Eine klug ausgereifte Idee. A cleverly developed idea.
Whether these are distinct parts of speech or distinct usages of the same part of speech is a question of analysis. It is worth noting that while German linguistic terminology distinguishes adverbiale from adjektivische Formen, school German refers to both as Eigenschaftswörter.
Source: Wikipedia

Year Five 2014

Year Five have been learning about Narratives. A Narrative tells a story and is mainly used to entertainmotivate or teach. They also aim to get the attention of the reader and maintain their interest.

Narrative Structure

  • Orientation – usually introduces the main characters, the setting and provides some idea of what is to follow (when, where, who or what).
  • Complication – a problem that sets off a series of events.
  • Series of Events – triggered by the complication.
  • Resolution – climax or ending where the problem is resolved.
  • Coda – it makes explicit how the character(s) has/have changes and what has been learned from the experience.

Inspired by the Narrative in One Small Island, we have been writing our own interesting orientations. We have also been practising using a range of adjectives in our orientations.

There are many different types of adjectives:

  • Opinion

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Adverbs & Adjectives Worksheet

Squarehead Teachers

Adverbs adjectives sticker

I recently needed a worksheet to assess students’ knowledge of adjectives vs. adverbs. So here’s a 20 question page to help you know if your grammar lesson worked or not! Enjoy!

Click here for the free printable PDF:
adverbs adjectives worksheet
adverbs adjectives worksheet ANSWERS

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IWB Creations on Placement

The Journey To Become Miss Smith

During my time at my placement school I was able to use my skills learnt in ICT to create several IWB resources for my lessons. Below I have uploaded screenshots and a bried explantion.

electronic sorting objects game

Science: Sorting game of electronic objects with a check tick system once complete.


letter features game

English: Features of a letter (address, date, dear etc) covered by popping balloons.

money game

Numeracy: Money topic, using a purse with coins to pay for a given item and price. Children are able to physically move the coins from their purse into the shop keepers hand, large for everyone to see (peer assessment).

sentance game

English: Working with nouns, adjectives and verbs to either make a sensible sentance or a hilarious non sense sentance e.g. hug the rotten cheese

numeracy pitch and expectations

Numeracy: Pitch and expectation questions session, using IWB visual and interactive. Children were able to physically move the gingerbread men to help find the answer.


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