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2.9 Year 2: P - commas to separate items in a list

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This resource is part of our grammar curriculum
Real Grammar
  • Covers every objective for years 1-6
  • Five-step sequence ensures deep understanding
  • Includes asssessment and revision tools

This Real Grammar resources pack provides everything that you need to successfully teach or revisit how commas are used within a list with pupils in Year 2. Teaching slides, worksheets, games and an opportunity to apply the new learning in a writing task are all included to create a complete KS1 resource to ensure pupils are able to use commas to punctuate lists correctly.

Pupils will need to be familiar with adjectives and nouns. Real Grammar resource packs are available for these areas. Using commas when writing a series of adjectives is also mentioned within the resources.

The model text, included in the resource pack, is a report about snakes. It could be used within a topic on reptiles or animals and their habitats.

How is a comma used within a list?

Commas are used to provide clarity for the reader. They are used in a list to separate each item.

  • My favourite foods are pizza, bananas and chocolate.
  • We visited a castle, museum, theme park and beach while on holiday.

NB In Key Stage 2, pupils will learn how commas are used to separate phrases or clauses, and about commas to avoid ambiguity.

What is included in this resource pack?

This pack is divided into five parts:


This section includes PowerPoint teaching slides and teaching notes with an optional script to introduce using commas to separate items in a list. It can also be used to revisit this aspect of grammar with pupils.


An independent activity for pupils to practise using what they have been taught, allowing teachers to assess understanding.


A series of short, 10-minute activities that can be used following the TEACH session to revisit and rehearse what has been taught. These may be short writing tasks, grammar games or editing/proofreading activities.


A short writing task where pupils can use the grammar skills taught in context to produce independent writing.


Five SATs style test questions, including cloze activities and multiple choice quiz questions, based on the grammar that has been taught.

Teachers can choose which section of the resource pack to use according to their pupils’ needs and could use the activities over a series of lessons or weeks

Teacher notes are provided to show how these quality resources could be used with pupils.

How is this resource pack differentiated?

The PRACTISE and REVISE sections include three activities differentiated for three levels of ability:

  • Worksheet 1 for pupils who may need support. Questions will have a lower cognitive domain (what is being asked of pupils) and/or vocabulary used may be simplified where possible.
  • Worksheet 2 for pupils working at age related expectations.
  • Worksheet 3 for pupils who may need an additional challenge and may be working at a greater depth in this area. Questions will have a higher cognitive domain with more challenging vocabulary.

SUPPORT and CHALLENGE ideas are also included in the teacher notes of each section where relevant, with ideas of how to support pupils working towards the expected standard or at greater depth in this area.

What pupil-facing resources are included?


    PPT slides; model text ‘Snakes’


    Practise 1, Practise 2 and Practise 3 worksheets


    Game 1 and game 2


    Image cards, planning sheet


    PPT slides; Revise 1, Revise 2 and Revise 3 worksheets

Answer sheets for all worksheets are provided, where appropriate.

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