Use Plazoom’s Sentence Builder Game to develop Y3 pupils’ use of a wider range of conjunctions in their sentences.
They will do this by: developing and improving their understanding of how sentences are structured; using a wider range of conjunctions to extend sentences; and identifying a range of conjunctions, including coordinating and subordinating.
Pupils will use the noun, verb and conjunction cards to create sentences, rehearsing them orally before writing. The grammar game will also give pupils the opportunity to use and understand the year 3 grammar terminology in English appendix 2 when discussing their sentences.
This sentence game for KS2 can be played as a whole class as a fun English lesson starter activity or as the main focus of the lesson. It could also be used as a writing intervention in KS2 for pupils who may need support to form sentences.
What is a conjunction?
A conjunction links words, phrases or clauses together. There are two types of conjunction: coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or) and subordinating (when, if, that, because).
Coordinating conjunction examples
- I won’t eat chillies for they are too spicy for me.
- The walls were painted white and blue.
- Stevie won’t drink milk, nor will he eat eggs.
- I enjoy geography but not RE.
- My phone is either in my bag or on the table.
- She doesn’t try very hard, yet she still does well.
- We cleared the table so we could play a board game.
Coordinating conjunctions list
There are only seven coordinating conjunctions:
Subordinating conjunction examples
- Gina has been thrilled ever since Jenny arrived.
- The dog is barking because he wants to go for a walk.
- We need to clean up so that the classroom is tidy for tomorrow morning.
- I like living here even though the neighbours can sometimes be noisy.
Subordinating conjunctions list
- As if
- As long as
- Even though
- If only
- Now that
- Rather than
- So that
National Curriculum English programme of study links
- Pupils should compose and rehearse sentences orally, progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures.
- Pupils should be taught to use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause.
- Pupils should extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although
- Pupils should be taught to use and understand the grammatical terminology in English appendix 2 accurately and appropriately when discussing their writing.