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4.1a Year 4:  choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition (nouns)

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Real Grammar
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This Real Grammar KS2 resources pack provides everything that you need to teach pupils about different types of nouns to pupils in Year 4. Teaching slides, worksheets, games and an opportunity to apply the new learning in a writing task are all included to teach or to revisit this area of learning. Nouns are first introduced in Year 2. A Real Grammar resource pack is available if pupils need more support to identify nouns. A further KS2 resource pack is available on how nouns and pronouns are used to create cohesion when writing within Year 4 Real Grammar.

What is a noun?

Nouns are words that name people, places, objects, thoughts, ideas and feelings.

  • The sun is high in the sky.

The words ‘sun’ and ‘sky’ are both nouns.

  • My sister had a dream.

The words ‘sister’ and ‘dream’ are both nouns.

What are the different types of nouns?

There are many types of nouns. All are introduced within this resource pack.

Proper nouns

These name a specific person, place or organisation. They always begin with a capital letter.

  • George visited the Lego Store in London.

Common nouns

These are generic names for people, places or organisations. Common nouns can also be concrete or abstract.

  • A boy visited the shop in the town.

Concrete nouns

These name something that we can physically see, touch, hear, smell or taste.

  • The baby lay in the cot.

Abstract nouns

These name things that cannot be observed using the five senses. Abstract nouns are ideas, feelings or a state of being such as beauty or suffering.

  • He had a dream while he slept.

Collective nouns

These name a group of people, animals or objects.

  • The class watched a swarm of bees in the playground.

What is included in this resource pack?

This pack is divided into five parts:


This section includes PowerPoint teaching slides and teaching notes with an optional script to introduce types of nouns. It can also be used to revisit this aspect of grammar with pupils.


An independent activity for pupils to practise using what they have been taught, allowing teachers to assess understanding.


A series of short, 10-minute activities that can be used following the TEACH session to revisit and rehearse what has been taught. These may be short writing tasks, grammar games or editing/proofreading activities.


A short writing task where pupils can use the grammar skills taught in context to produce independent writing.


Five SATs style test questions, including cloze activities and multiple choice quiz questions, based on the grammar that has been taught.

Teachers can choose which section of the resource pack to use according to their pupils’ needs and could use the activities over a series of lessons or weeks

Teacher notes are provided to show how these quality resources could be used with pupils.

How is this resource pack differentiated?

The PRACTISE and REVISE sections include three activities differentiated for three levels of ability:

  • Worksheet 1 for pupils who may need support. Questions will have a lower cognitive domain (what is being asked of pupils) and/or vocabulary used may be simplified where possible.
  • Worksheet 2 for pupils working at age related expectations.
  • Worksheet 3 for pupils who may need an additional challenge and may be working at a greater depth in this area. Questions will have a higher cognitive domain with more challenging vocabulary.

SUPPORT and CHALLENGE ideas are also included in the teacher notes of each section where relevant, with ideas of how to support pupils working towards the expected standard or at greater depth in this area.

What pupil-facing resources are included?


    PPT slides; model text ‘Adventures in my dreams’


    Practise 1, Practise 2 and Practise 3 worksheets


    Game 1, game 2, game 3


    Planning sheet, writing sheet


    PPT slides; Revise 1, Revise 2 and Revise 3 worksheets

Answer sheets for all worksheets are provided, where appropriate.

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