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Understanding and using pronouns: ‘his’ and ‘her’

Why is this important?
‘His’ and ‘her’ are used to signal that something belongs or relates to a
man/lady, boy/girl (or male/female animal) previously identified in a
sentence (e.g. the boy wears ‘his’ shoes, the girl likes ‘her’ new bike).

What to do
• Find a catalogue or magazine and cut out a picture of a boy and girl –

there are also many commercial products available.
• Cut out lots of pictures of clothes and toys. Try to find similar items (e.g. a girl’s
coat and a boy’s coat; a bike for the girl and one for the boy).
• Divide the clothes and toys between the boy and the girl. Ask the child to find:

‘His hat.’
‘Her shoes.’
‘Her bike.’
• If the child chooses the wrong picture:

Praise the child: ‘Good try.’
Repeat the question emphasising the pronoun: ‘You’ve found the girl’s bike,
that’s her bike; can you find his bike?’

If there is no spontaneous correction, guide the child’s hand to the right picture
repeating the pronoun: ‘This is the boy’s bike, it’s his bike.’
• When the child is consistently choosing the right person/picture, reverse the roles so that the child is asking you to find ‘his coat’, etc.

  • Through our Christian school and ethos, we all aim to believe in ourselves, each other, our teachers, leaders and parents. With reflection and prayer, we trust in God that our prayers will be heard. We know that every child is a child of Jesus, treating everyone with respect and dignity that they deserve.

    Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
    Matthew 7:7


  • We aim to build our pupils’ and teachers’ confidence, delight in their teaching & learning and discipline in seeking wisdom; gaining the truth, knowledge, understanding and skills they will need in their everyday lives. We offer a broad and inspiring curriculum that nurtures emotional intelligence, creativity and remembering of important knowledge. We teach and learn collaboratively leading to our pupils developing the life skills of learning.

    For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
    Proverbs 2:6


  • We aim to be the best we can be. Whilst nurturing our pupils’ and staff, we encourage and drive them to aspire to achieve their hopes and dreams. We are honest in the fact that this will take hard work, perseverance and resilience.

    For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
    Jeremiah 29:11


  • Above all we aim to show compassion to ourselves and each other. By developing strong relationships and friendships we develop a true understanding of each other.

    ‘Love thy neighbour…’
    Luke 10:28


  • We are a family. We show compassion for all members of our community irrespective of gender, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. We strive to be ‘courageous advocates’ for our local, national and global community.

    There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    Galatians 3:28



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