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Year 4 Expanded Noun Phrases – KS2 Grammar Games: Sentence Builders

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Use Plazoom’s Sentence Builder Game to develop Year 4 pupils’ use of expanded noun phrases in their sentences.

They will do this by learning how nouns can be modified by determiners, adjectives and prepositions as well as other modifying nouns.

Pupils will use the noun, determiner, adjective and preposition cards to create expanded noun phrases, and then orally rehearse including them within a sentence.

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 include expanded noun phrases within their sentences.

What is an expanded noun phrase?

A noun phrase is comprised of a noun and additional words help to further describe that noun. Typically, adjectives are added, separated by commas, to describe the noun and create the noun phrase.

Expanded noun phrase examples

  • the big brown bear
  • the little, run-down house
  • the shoes with yellow laces
  • Sarah’s bowl of cereal
  • our village church beside the river

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 use noun phrases expanded by the addition of modifying adjectives, nouns and prepositional phrases (e.g. the teacher expanded to: the strict maths teacher with curly hair)
  • Pupils should be taught to use and understand the grammatical terminology in English appendix 2 accurately and appropriately when discussing their writing.

  • Teacher notes
  • Adjective cards
  • Determiner cards
  • Noun cards
  • Preposition cards
  • Game board
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