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Collective nouns


Collective nouns

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What is a collective noun? Collective nouns are names for a collection of people, animals or things. We use some collective nouns very often - like a "crowd" of people; a "flock" of sheep; a dairy "herd"; and of course a "family" or a "team".

Others are not that commonly used like a "canteen" of cutlery; a "murmuration" of starlings; a "colony" of sea gulls or penguins; a "gaggle" of geese; or a "pride" of lions. 

Other collective nouns aren't used very often at all, but are fun to get to know anyway. Have you heard of a "murder" of crows; a "parliament" of rooks or owls; an "argument" of wizards; or a "charm" of finches? 

See if you can think of any other collective nouns. 

  • Why am I doing this?

    Children gain confidence in speaking through demonstrating their knowledge to others. Chatting and listening to your child will help build their communication skills. Talking about words and their meaning in everyday life will also help build your child’s vocabulary – and your own!

  • How can I do more?

    Funny stories are interesting and a good excuse to get your child talking. At mealtimes, each family member could tell something interesting or something funny that happened during the day. Watching TV together can also provide a good opportunity for chat and to discuss what you are watching. Check if your child understands different things they hear and encourage your child to teach you new words and things they have learnt.

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