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Grammar Games: Year 4 sentence builder (fronted adverbials)

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Use Plazoom’s Sentence Builder Game to develop year 4 pupils’ use of fronted adverbials in their sentences. They will do this by: learning how fronted adverbials are used to modify the verb within a sentence. Pupils will use the noun, verb and fronted adverbial cards to create sentences, rehearsing them orally before writing. The grammar game will also give pupils the opportunity to use and understand the year 4 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 use fronted adverbials correctly in their sentences.

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 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 fronted adverbials.
  • Pupils should be taught to indicate grammatical features by using commas after fronted adverbials.
  • 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 fronted adverbial cards
  • Game boards
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