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3.3b Year 3: using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause (adverbs of time and cause)

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This Real Grammar resources pack provides everything that you need to successfully explore adverbs of time, place and cause with your pupils in Year 3 or to revisit this learning. Teaching slides, worksheets, games and an opportunity to apply the new learning in a writing task are all included to create a complete KS2 resource to teach adverbs. Pupils will need to be familiar with verbs and have an understanding of adverbs (introduced in Year 2) before completing the activities in this resource pack. It is also helpful if pupils are familiar with independent (main) clauses.

The model text and writing task are linked to the theme of plants and could be used as part of, or following, lessons teaching the Year 3 science curriculum on plants.

What are adverbs?

Adverbs are words that modify verbs but can also modify adjectives, other adverbs or whole sentences. They can give the answers to the following questions within a sentence: How ...? When ...?, Where…?, How often…? or How much ...? Adverbs can, but do not always, end with the suffix -ly. We can change adjectives to adverbs by adding the suffix -ly.

What are some examples of adverbs?

  • gently
  • happily
  • loudly
  • finally
  • now
  • always
  • soon

What are adverbs of time, place and cause?

Adverbs of time

These show when an action takes place and can link or connect two sentences. Examples of adverbs of time include after, later, next, now, tomorrow, already and recently.

  • Hassan will walk to school tomorrow.
  • The children wanted to know what would happen next.

Adverbs of place

These show where an action takes place and can link or connect two sentences.

Examples of adverbs of place include about, there, outside, east, west, far and everywhere.

  • Hassan walked there.
  • The children ran outside.

Adverbs of cause

These show why an action takes place and can link or connect two sentences. They can be used to show cause and effect.

Examples of adverbs of cause include however, so that, otherwise, consequently, due to and furthermore.

  • It is beginning to rain, however, we don’t have to go out.
  • Hassan will need his coat, otherwise he will get wet.

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 adverbs of time, place and cause. 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 ‘All about plants’; adverbs of time, place and cause word mat


    Practise 1, Practise 2 and Practise 3 worksheets


    Game 1 and game 2 cards


    Plant question cards and ideas sheet


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

Answer sheets for all worksheets are provided, where appropriate.

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