When children start writing, they very often rely on the general determiners 'a' and 'an', or the specific determiner 'the'. We should encourage children to increase the range of determiners they use so that they can vary their writing and communicate more clearly whether they are talking about something specific or general.
As children are taught to read and write many determiners as part of their phonics teaching in Reception and Year 1 classes, it is an ideal opportunity or them to put these words into practice. However, they do not need to know the term 'determiner' until they are in Year 4.
Here are some determiners you can use with your children to help them improve their use. Ideas are contained in the link to the activity below:
- a, an, the (these are also called 'articles' but this is not a term children are required to learn)
- this, that, these, those
- some, any, every, another
- my, your, his, her, its, our, their
- several, few, many
- next, last
- first, seventh, tenth (ordinal numbers, which indicate an order)
- six, twelve (cardinal numbers, which indicate a quantity)
- which, whose, what (when these words are used to start questions, e.g. Which book is mine?)