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Year 5 Adverbial Phrases Sentence Builder Game – KS2 Grammar games

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Use our Sentence Builder Game to develop year 5 pupils’ use of adverbials in their sentences.

They will do this by: understanding what adverbials or adverbial phrases are; and understanding how these can be positioned in different places within a sentence.

Pupils will use the noun, verb and adverbial phrase cards to create sentences, rehearsing them orally before writing.

The grammar game will also give pupils the opportunity to use and understand the year 5 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 a wider range of adverbials in their sentences.

What is an 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.

Adverbial examples

  • Later, we ate our lunch with our friends.
  • Just then, we heard a noise.
  • I like to walk through the forest occasionally.
  • It’ll be my birthday in September.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should be taught to link ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of time (for example later), place (for example nearby) and number (for example secondly).

  • Teacher notes
  • Adverbial phrase cards
  • Noun cards
  • Verb cards
  • Game board
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