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Year 4 Fronted Adverbials Sentence Makers Grammar Game

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Use this Key Stage 2 grammar game to help introduce Y4 children to fronted adverbials, and to revise the topic with Years 5 and 6.

The activity pack contains more than 100 fronted adverbial sentence starters grouped into categories of ‘how’, ‘where’ and ‘when’.

Also included are clauses which can be matched to the fronted adverbials to create sentences.

Teaching ideas:

  • Children can sort the fronted adverbials into categories, and add their own to the lists
  • Children can match fronted adverbials with clauses to create sentences (including silly ones!)
  • Children can use the fronted adverbial cards to start their own sentences

The cards are great for display, too!

This primary resource includes:

  • Fronted adverbial cards PDF
    Coloured blue, these printable cards show examples of fronted adverbials grouped into ‘how’, ‘when’ and where’ categories.
  • Clauses cards PDF
    The yellow cards show clauses which can be added to the blue sentence starters.
  • Teacher’s notes

What is a fronted adverbial?

Adverbials are used like adverbs. They are words or phrases that add more information to a verb, and explain how, when or where something happened.

Fronted adverbials are therefore are adverbials that have been moved to the front of the sentence, before the verb. They describe the rest of the sentence to come.

Fronted adverbial examples

  • Meanwhile, we did some drawing.
  • Somewhere around here, Jamie left her pencil case.
  • Just then, we heard a noise.
  • Somewhat understandably, the teacher was furious.
  • In September, it’ll be my birthday.
  • Occasionally, I like to walk through the forest.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Students will learn:

  • That a fronted adverbial is an adverbial which has been moved before the verb
  • To use fronted adverbials [for example, Later that day, I heard the bad news.]
  • About the use of commas after fronted adverbials

  • teacher notes
  • fronted adverbial cards
  • clauses cards
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