If you're a parent of a primary school child, no doubt you've hit a grammar gremlin by now. This is confusion caused by pesky grammar terms. Literacy is teeming with terms - terms which children need to know for the English SATs test, and the 11+ exam. There's determiners, adverbials, abstract nouns, possessive pronouns, quantifiers, subordinate clauses, modal verbs - to name just a few.  Let's look at determiners as the name alone confuses most children at first... Once they are…
Helping young people blow away a learning block is a most wonderful thing indeed... It can, in fact, be truly magical! Just last week, for instance, I sprinkled magical learning dust in the direction of a regular tutee - 10 year old Will. From the start, he needed support with his writing skills. Struggling to start a piece of writing or to think imaginatively, he needed to unblock his thinking. Over several weeks, we explored words - explored how they…

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