Nouns : Collective Nouns

Nouns : Collective Nouns

A collective noun is a slightly different kind of noun, its job is to give a single name to a group of people, places objects or ideas:
audience, band, choir, class, crowd, herd, flock, herd, bunch, range, crew, flotilla,

Here are some examples used in sentences:
The flotilla sailed into the harbour.
Dad threw the bunch of keys on the table
The audience clapped for a long time at the end of the show


A flotilla is one group of ships sailing as one unit into the harbour.
The keys were on a ring and landed together on the table.
The audience is a group of people acting together as one.

So are collective nouns singular or plural?

Hmm, the problem is that they can be either. though perhaps this is not with pursuing with primary age students it is a well for teachers to know the ins and outs so here we go…


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Place Value Charts

Place Value Charts by topmarks.co.uk

A brilliant resource for learning or teaching place value. Excellent for teachers and pupils alike.

Suitable for use on an interactive whiteboard or desktops. Different levels of difficulty which include decimals.

Place value or hundreds, tens and units can be a difficult concept for children. The value of each digit in a number depends on its place or position.

This resource can help children understand how numbers are made up.

ChildrenĀ can test their knowledge in the practise mode where children have to make a number delivered in either digits or words. The interactive whiteboard mode is an invaluable teaching aid.

Place Value Charts by topmarks.co.uk

SPAG Placemat…

SATs Companion has designed a unique Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) placemat.This is in the form of a ‘tube system’ connecting all the main strands.

This can be used as a poster in your classroom and/or as a revision aid for your pupils. It is also featured as a free resource on the TES resources website.

Whether for planning, revision or just to make sure you have all the bases covered, this in an interesting resource. Download it in the best quality here:

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) placemat by SATSCompanion.comĀ 

How does sound travel through air?

A demonstration of how particles vibrate and collide with one another to create sound. When a drum is hit, the air particles next to the drum skin vibrate and collide with other particles, and this vibration is then transmitted through the air. This is known as wave compression, which allows sound to travel quickly through the air.

Could be used as starting point to understanding sound. Pupils could use drums to emulate sound effects.

The clip could also be used to set up their own sound vibrations with children in a line to visually reinforce the point, as per the clip. It could be used to reinforce any misconceptions.

How does sound travel through air? by bbc.co.uk

How do we get day and night?

A practical demonstration, using visual aids, to show how the Sun shines on the Earth and how the Earth rotates to create day and night. The demonstrator talks about the Sun rising in the east and setting in the west, and the effect on the length of shadows created at different times of the day.

This clip could be used as a part of a topic about Earth and space. After showing the clip, pupils could simulate the same investigations with globes, torches and Lego. They could record an explanation of why there is day and night, why the Sun rises in the east and sets in the west and how shadows are formed.

On a sunny day, pupils could record their shadows on the playground at hourly intervals to track how the shadows change shape and direction. Pupils could prepare a presentation on what they have found out and present it to another class or in assembly.

How do we get day and night? by bbc.co.uk