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Grammar Games: Year 3 sentence builder (prepositions)

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Use Plazoom’s Sentence Builder Game to develop year 3 pupils’ use of prepositions in their sentences. They will do this by: developing and improving their understanding of how sentences are structured and how prepositions are used to link nouns within sentences; and using prepositions to create prepositional phrases. Pupils will use the noun, verb and preposition 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 preposition?
A preposition links a following noun, pronoun or noun phrase to some other word in the sentence. Prepositions often describe locations or directions, but can describe other things, such as relations of time. Words like ‘before’ or ‘since’ can act either as prepositions or as conjunctions.

What is a prepositional phrase?
A prepositional phrase is made up of a preposition, its object, and any other words that might further describe that object.

Prepositional Phrase Examples:
There is a big house with a red door.
We jogged around the park for our morning exercise.
The scissors are kept beside the glue sticks.

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 be taught to use and understand the grammatical terminology in English appendix 2 accurately and appropriately when discussing their writing.

  • Teacher notes
  • Noun, verb and preposition cards
  • Game boards
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