Looking for a fun and engaging grammar game to teach or revisit word classes with pupils in KS2?
This pack contains a loop card game that is perfect for a whole class or small groups to revisit their understanding of word class and would be a perfect revision activity for pupils in years 5 and 6. This simple game asks pupils to find the word within the sentence that belongs to a particular word class. There are 32 cards, allowing the game to be played by the whole class as a starter activity to revisit previous learning or groups could create the loop as part of a main teaching activity on word classes.
Once the resource is created, it can be used time and time again to revisit this area of learning as part of whole class teaching or an intervention for pupils who may need further support.
What are word classes?
Words have different purposes within a sentence. They belong to different word classes depending on the job that they do within a sentence. A word can belong to more than one word class.
Nouns are words that name people, places, objects, thoughts, ideas and feelings. There are different types of nouns, including proper, common, concrete, abstract and collective.
Adjectives are words that usually come before a noun and modify it, adding description or specifying which person or object it is. In this sentence ‘The bright sun is high in the blue sky’. the adjectives ‘bright’ and ‘blue’ describe the sun and sky. In the sentence ‘We need plain flour for the recipe.’ the adjective ‘plain’ is specifying which flour we need.
Verbs are words that can identify an action in a sentence. Other verbs join the subject to a description of it and are link verbs. Examples of these include the following: was/were, is/are and be.
Adverbs are words that modify verbs but can also modify adjectives, other adverbs or whole sentences. They can give the answers to the following questions within a sentence: How …? When …?, Where…?, How often…? or How much …?
Adverbs can, but do not always, end with the suffix -ly.
A preposition is a word that is used before a noun, pronoun or noun phrase. Prepositions can link these to a verb, another noun or an adjective. The most common preposition is of. Other prepositions can show position or direction, timing and a link or relationship.
Determiners are used before a noun or at the beginning of a noun phrase. They show which noun, how many or how much. Examples of determiners include a, the, some, one, and every. Some determiners are possessive and shows who something belongs to. Possessive determiners are my, your, his, her, its, our and their.
A conjunction links words, phrases or clauses and is a type of cohesive device. They can be co-ordinating or subordinating and are used to form multi-clause sentences.
Pronouns are words that can be used in a sentence to replace a noun or noun phrase. Examples of pronouns include I, me, my, we, they, yours and ours.
National Curriculum programme of study links
Year 3/4 and 5/6
- Pupils should be taught to use and understand the grammatical terminology in English Appendix 2 accurately and appropriately in discussing and writing their work