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Year 5 Modal Verbs KS2 Grammar Burst Resource Pack

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This powerful Key Stage 2 grammar resources pack provides everything you need to teach a series of five lessons on modal verbs KS2, culminating in an extended writing task where children can use their grammatical understanding in context.

This primary resource pack includes:

  • Modal verbs PowerPoint
    This includes explanations, examples and activities to introduce modal verbs to your class
  • Modal verbs challenge worksheet
    Underline the modal verb in sentences, add modal verbs to fill in the blanks, use the modal verbs given in a sentence, then write a five-sentence story about the image provided, using modal verbs
  • ‘What if?’ cards
    A series of ‘What if?’ printable cards, in two sizes, to use as writing prompts to practise using modal verbs, such as ‘What if you were What if you were placed in charge of the country? What would you change? What laws would you pass?
  • Uplevelling sheet
    Rewrite each of these sentences to make them more interesting. Use modal verbs, and other writing techniques you know
  • Writing plan
    This PDF worksheet features an image, and four boxes of writing prompts for children to structure a short passage about it, using modal verbs.
  • Teacher’s notes

Activities include SATs-style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses, with eye-catching images as prompts.

What is a modal verb?

A modal verb modifies a verb in a sentence. They are used to show possibility or likelihood, necessity or the future. Modal verbs are: will, would, can, could, may, might, shall, should, must, ought.

The word ‘not’ can also be placed after the modal verb to create a negative sentence.

Modal verb examples

  • You must attend the meeting.
  • Mike can come to the party.
  • Mum says I should eat more vegetables.
  • Mr Williams would not listen to the advice.

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 modal verbs or adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility
  • Pupils should be taught to use and understand the grammatical terminology in English appendix 2 accurately and appropriately when discussing their writing.

  • PowerPoint
  • modal verbs worksheet
  • What if? cards
  • writing plan
  • uplevelling writing worksheet
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