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Fronted Adverbials Year 4 Grammar Worksheets Lesson Pack

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This powerful KS2 grammar resources pack provides everything you need to teach a series of five lessons on fronted adverbials, culminating in an extended writing task where children can use their grammatical understanding in context.

This primary resource pack includes:

  • Fronted adverbials PowerPoint
    With explanations, examples and activities to introduce fronted adverbials to your class
  • Fronted adverbials challenge sheet
    Tick whether each sentence contains a fronted adverbial for how, where or when; write three sentences starting with fronted adverbials using the words provided; rewrite the sentences given so that they include a fronted adverbial; and write a short story about the image provided, using at least one fronted adverbial
  • Fronted adverbials PDF cards
    These come in two sizes – A5 and small – and include various fronted adverbials
  • Writing plan
    This sheet includes an image prompt for children to write a story, and six writing prompts to plan that story
  • Uplevelling writing worksheet
    Rewrite each of these sentences to make them more interesting, adding a fronted adverbial to one sentence in each section, and using other writing techniques
  • 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
  • PowerPoint
  • Fronted adverbials worksheet
  • Fronted adverbial cards for group work
  • Writing plan for fronted adverbials
  • Uplevelling sentences worksheet
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