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Year 4 Determiners Worksheets – KS2 SPaG Challenge Mat

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This bright, appealing PDF writing worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using determiners in KS2.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Choose a possessive determiner to complete each of the sentences.
  • Challenge
    Look at the picture. Write three sentences about it using a quantifying determiner in each one.
  • Test
    Circle the correct determiner to complete each sentence. Insert articles into the sentence. Circle all of the determiners in the sentences.
  • Explain
    Using your own words, explain what job determiners do in a sentence.
  • Apply
    Write a short passage about a trip to the zoo. Include at least one of each type of determiner: articles, possessives, demonstratives, numerals, ordinals and quantifiers.

This 15-minute challenge features activities that include SATs-style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses, with eye-catching images as prompts.

What is a determiner?

A determiner is word that’s used to identify which particular thing we are talking about. It specifies a noun as known or unknown and goes before any modifiers (eg adjectives or other nouns). The articles ‘the’ (definite) and ‘a’ or ‘an’ (indefinite) are the most common type of determiner.

Determiner examples

  • Julia’s dad bought her a football. The football was expensive! [‘the’ is a determiner and refers us back to a particular football]
  • the home team [article, specifies the team as known]
  • a good team [article, specifies the team as unknown]
  • that pupil [demonstrative, known]
  • Julia’s parents [possessive, known]
  • some big boys [quantifier, unknown]

List of determiners KS2

  • articles (the, a or an)
  • demonstratives (eg this, those)
  • possessives (eg my, your)
  • quantifiers (eg some, every)

National Curriculum English programme of study links

A determiner specifies a noun as known or unknown, and it goes before any modifiers.

  • Worksheets featuring five sections: understand challenge test explain and apply. Activities include SATs style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses with eye-catching images as prompts
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