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Year 4 Fronted Adverbials KS2 Sentence Makers Grammar Game

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Use this Key Stage 2 grammar game to support the introduction of fronted adverbials in Year 4 or to revise the topic with Years 5 and 6.

The activity pack contains more than 100 fronted adverbials that could be used as sentence openers. These are grouped according to whether the fronted adverbial modifies the sentence as to show ‘how’, ‘where’ or ‘when’.

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

How could I use this fronted adverbial KS2 resource?

  • 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 as sentence starters in their own writing.

The cards are great for display, too!

What is included in this fronted adverbial resource pack?

  • 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

  • Pupils should be taught to:
    • develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English Appendix 2 by using fronted adverbials
    • indicate grammatical and other features by using commas after fronted adverbials

  • teacher notes
  • fronted adverbial cards
  • clauses cards
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