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I SAW A WABUB – KS2 classroom display

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Using the acronym I SAW A WABUB, you can introduce a wider range of subordinating conjunctions to pupils in Year 3 and Year 4.

In KS1 and 2, we teach pupils to recognise and use a range of subordinating conjunctions. In Year 2 2 we introduce subordination with the conjunctions ‘when’, ‘if’, ‘that’ and ‘because’, with further examples taught in KS2.

But how can you support pupils to recognise subordinating conjunctions and use a range in their independent writing?

This classroom display pack has a visual image that you can display in your classroom for pupils to refer to when writing independently.

A poster, word mats and pupil-facing worksheets are all included for use in the classroom for pupils to help them to identify subordinating conjunctions when reading and use them in their own writing.

What is a subordinating conjunction?

A subordinating conjunction introduces a subordinate clause to add information to a main clause (we introduce the term ‘subordinate clause’ in Year 3) to create a multiclause sentence.

We introduce pupils to a wider range of subordinating conjunctions in Year 3, building on the four learnt in Year 2 (because, if, when and that).


Here we list the subordinating conjunctions introduced in this I SAW A WABUB resource pack:

  • I - if
  • S - since
  • A - after
  • W - when
  • A - although
  • W - while
  • A - as
  • B - because
  • U - until
  • B - before

What’s in this KS2 subordinating conjunction resource?

  • I SAW A WABUB display poster
  • I SAW A WABUB word mat
  • I SAW A WABUB word strips
  • I SAW A WABUB blank template

Year 3/4

  • Pupils should be taught to extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although

  • I SAW A WABUB display poster
  • I SAW A WABUB word mat
  • I SAW A WABUB word strips
  • I SAW A WABUB blank template
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