Use this Key Stage 2 grammar game to help children learn how to use conjunctions – including the FANBOYS (‘For’, ‘And’, ‘Nor’, ‘But’, ‘Or’, ‘Yet’, ‘So’) coordinating conjunctions, and a list of subordinating conjunctions.
The pack contains 24 sentences that can be arranged in different combinations as a fun way to explore connective clauses in writing. Using the resource, children can assemble simple sentences, or sentences which include a relative clause.
The sentence maker cards have three sections. The blue or yellow cards show simple sentences. The green conjunction cards can be used to connect these clauses to create compound or complex sentences.
Different pairs of clauses can only be correctly connected using specific conjunctions. By using the cards to explore these connections, children can develop their understanding of the role of each different conjunction.
We have omitted punctuation from these cards as a teaching point. Children will need to add punctuation when they copy these sentences out.
What’s included in this resource?
- Sentence makers printable PDF
- Teacher’s notes
What is a coordinating conjunction?
A coordinating conjunction is a conjunction that goes between, and links, words, phrases, clauses or sentences of equal importance.
Coordinating conjunction examples
- The walls were painted white and blue.
- My phone is either in my bag or on the table.
- I enjoy geography but not RE.
- I won’t eat chillies for they are too spicy for me.
- Stevie won’t drink milk, nor will he eat eggs.
- We cleared the table so we could play a board game.
- She doesn’t try very hard, yet she still does well.
Coordinating conjunctions list
There are only seven coordinating conjunctions
What is a subordinating conjunction?
A subordinating conjunction introduces a subordinating clause, and joins it to the main clause in a sentence.
Subordinating conjunction examples
- Gina has been thrilled ever since Jenny arrived.
- The dog is barking because he wants to go for a walk.
- We need to clean up so that the classroom is tidy for tomorrow morning.
- I like living here even though the neighbours can sometimes be noisy.
Subordinating conjunctions list
- As if
- As long as
- Even though
- If only
- Now that
- Rather than
- So that
National Curriculum English programme of study links
Use coordinating conjunctions (eg ‘and’) to link two words or phrases together as an equal pair
Use subordinating conjunctions (eg when) to introduce a subordinate clause