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Describe and analyse a situation where the teacher’s understanding of Word Classes informed the teaching and learning.
During literacy hour the children were introduced and reminded of word classes, their learning objective for the lesson being: ‘I can choose appropriate sound adjectives’. The lesson began with a quick reminder of the word classes already covered. These included verbs, nouns and adjectives. As part of a group discussion, the children were asked to answer a number of closed questions such as ‘Can anybody tell me what a noun is?’, ‘Can anybody give me an example of this?’. All of the examples given were written onto the whiteboard and sentences were built up around the word classes being discussed. This provided an excellent way of both assessing the children’s previous learning of word classes and reinforcing it in preparation for the next stage.
Following the same pattern of teaching the concept of adverbs was introduced to the class. It was explained to the children that adverbs provided information about ‘how, where and when’ an action occurred and examples were given such as ‘I ran noisily into the classroom’, ‘The girl walked slowly into lunch.’ The children were encouraged to think of their own examples of adverbs and to share these with the class. The teacher then involved the class in some role play, asking the children to pretend to peel a banana using adverbs to describe their actions. Lots of fun was had as the children were encouraged to share their adverbs with the rest of the class, who were then asked to act out the peeling of the banana using the examples given. These included ‘slowly, quickly, happily, grumpily and crossly’.
Each table was then given a piece of paper with a ‘sound setting’ written on it, e.g. pop concert, circus, train station, football match and swimming pool. The children were given 5 minutes to come up with as many sounds as they could think of connected with the setting. They...