If it’s been many years since you last sat in the classroom, then your child bringing home their SPAG homework may find you a little confused. So we are starting to explore some of these concepts and starting off with What is a Noun?
What is a Noun?
A noun is one of the word classes. There are 3 main word classes that your child will meet in primary school.
A noun is a word that describes a person, place or thing.
Examples of Nouns
In the 3 examples below the nouns have been put in bold.
Peter ran away from the big dog.
The bird flew past the house.
Amy wore pretty shoes to the party.
Types of Nouns
There are 2 main types of nouns.
- Common Noun
- Proper Noun
What is a common noun?
A Common Noun refers to things in general e.g.
dog, bird, house, shoes, party
What is a Proper Noun?
A Proper Noun refers to a particular person or place or thing and begins with a capital letter e.g.
Peter, Amy Europe, Tuesday, May
Activity to Identify Nouns
- Pick one of your child’s favourite story books and choose a page in it.
- Ask them to pick out the nouns in the story write these onto paper.
- Now ask them to divide the nouns into Proper and Common Nouns give them a highlighter to mark them.
You can find some other SPAG terms over in our Literacy Dictionary here on Parents’ Homework Hub.