Almost 13,000 pupils left the region’s primary schools this summer with a firm grasp of grammar rules. The league tables have revealed 78 per cent of Staffordshire pupils, 74 per cent of Potteries youngsters and 82 per cent of Cheshire East children reached the national standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling tests in 2018. To do well, they have to understand the nuts and bolts of the English language and also master some tricky concepts. The curriculum for Year 6 pupils covers nine different tenses. Pupils are also expected to be au fait with using nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. And some of the questions in SATs assess their knowledge of techniques such as passive and active voice. This year, results have risen by one per cent in South Cheshire and Stoke-on-Trent, but have stayed steady in Staffordshire. Hugo Meynell CE Primary, in Loggerheads, has been crowned the region’s grammar and spelling champion today. Eighty-three per cent of its pupils reached the … [Read more...] about Primary school league tables: Meet the grammar champs!
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Learners of French will no doubt sympathize with the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles, the organisation that represents French-speaking Belgium. On Monday two French-speaking Belgian academics Arnaud Hoedt et Jérôme Piron, supported by the federation, expressed their desire to scrap a complex rule of French grammar: the past participle agreement for the verb avoir (to have). Unlike when used with the verb être- to be (where past participles must show agreement with the pronoun) the past participle normally doesn't change when used with the verb avoir, eg. j'ai mangé, nous avons vu, tu as joué (I have eaten, we have seen, you have played). But there are exceptions. The rule states that if the direct object comes before the past participle, the past participle should agree in gender and in number with that direct object. The example the Belgians give is: "Les crêpes que j'ai mangées", where the past participle of manger (to eat) takes the … [Read more...] about Belgians want to ditch ‘absurd’ French grammar rule (and they might be right)
The Rechtschreibreform, the last major update to the official rules and regulations of the German language, is 20 years old today, having come into force on the 1st August 1998. For philologist Dr. Reyhan Sahin, otherwise known as the unapologetically pornographic rap artist Lady Bitch Ray, this is a cause for celebration. The linguistic expert has admitted that, when it comes to grammar, she does not suffer fools lightly. “What I really don’t like are people who don’t make an effort when it comes to spelling and gender in their lyrics,” the 38-year-old told RND this week. “E-mails, too, are now more like letters to me, and should be written correctly.” Judging by her lyrics, there are quite a lot of things that Lady Bitch Ray really doesn’t like, but more on that later. For now, her admirable plea for more grammatical accuracy has inspired us, and so in our own tribute to both rap and the Rechtschreibreform, we thought we’d dig out … [Read more...] about Rap and Rechtschreibung: Five times rappers nailed German grammar
Unlike many mums and dads, I’ve never felt the desire to be my children’s best mate. My job is to be the grown-up or, in their words, the “queen of unfairness”. My house runs on my rules and I tell my kids Zac and Amara that the school holiday is no excuse for slacking. I know some people see that as a bit over the top. Why not let the kids have a nice long lie-in, they say? They work hard in term-time, so let them chill out in front of the telly or the computer and eat what they want, when they want. It’s a nice break from the punishing routine of the school day. And let’s face it, if children stay in bed till lunchtime and then head straight for the games console, it’s so much easier to get all the chores done, isn’t it? But we pay for this attitude down the line when our kids grow into selfish, lazy, flabby teenagers without the tools they neeed to survive in the world of work. Which is why I’m a big fan of Shaun Fenton, the … [Read more...] about Saira Khan: Seven little rules to help parents survive the school holidays
Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDER PRESENTED BY EPP GROUP Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to today’s Playbook and view in your browser First, an English grammar lesson with, and for, Donald Trump (the president of the United States of America, let’s not forget). And a not so gentle reminder for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that Ireland’s not keen on its own leader following in the Tweeter-in-chief’s footsteps. Next, David Cameron may have thought he’s been out of play long enough to tweet some innocent bla-bla about English penalty shooting, and how it all suddenly turned into something that works for everyone, and get away with it — but no, some stubborn Brits just won’t forget who was behind the most spectacular own-goal in British history. GOOD THURSDAY MORNING. What I’m saying: respice finem, or consider the consequences of your actions, is not a bad rule of thumb (though let’s not … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by EPP Group: Austria’s debutante ball — Copyright crunch time — War of words