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KS2 SATs SPaG Revision Blaster - active and passive (including subject and object)

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Our Year 6 SPaG Revision Blaster packs are the perfect way to check children’s knowledge and understanding of the KS2 programme of study for English. The areas of grammar, punctuation and spelling covered in this SPaG revision blaster are active and passive verbs and the subject and object in sentences.

The packs are based around the content domains of the Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test framework. ‘Let’s Recap!’ provides information to revise or reteach an area of grammar, punctuation or spelling covered in Paper 1 of the GPS test followed by ‘Let’s Practise!’ with SATs style questions for the pupils to complete independently or as a class. Three sheets are provided, Revision Blaster 1, 2 and 3. These increase in difficulty, with questions having a greater cognitive load on Revision Blaster 3.

A PowerPoint version of the pack is included, so it can be worked through in groups, or as a whole class.

This primary resource pack includes:

  • Let’s Recap PDF and PPT slides
  • Let’s Practise worksheet: active and passive
  • Let’s Practise answers
  • Let’s Recap PDF sheet

What is the subject of a verb?

The subject of a verb is usually the noun, noun phrase or pronoun that names the ‘do-er’ or ‘be-er’. In a statement, it usually comes before the verb.

Mike ate all the biscuits. (‘Mike’ is the subject)

What is the object of a verb?

The object is a noun, noun phrase or pronoun that usually comes straight after the verb. It shows what the verb is acting upon.

Mike ate all the biscuits. (‘the biscuits’ is the object as they are being eaten)

What are active and passive verbs?

Verbs can be active or passive depending on its relationship to the subject. Most sentences use active verbs.
When the verb is active, the subject of the sentence completes the action.

Mike ate all the biscuits.

In this sentence, Mike is eating the biscuits. Mike is the subject in the sentence and the word ate is an active verb.

When the verb is passive, the subject is having the action done to it. It is used to focus on what is happening rather than who is completing the action and is often used in formal writing.

The biscuits were eaten by Mike.

In this sentence, the focus is on what was eaten. The subject is the word biscuits and the words were eaten form a passive verb. The object in the original sentence is now the subject (biscuits) and the past tense form of the verb plus the verb be (were eaten). The original subject in the active sentence becomes the object using the preposition by (by Mike). Sometimes this can be removed. (The biscuits were eaten.)

Content domains from Key stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test framework (2016)

G1.9 Subject and Object
G4.4 passive and active

  • Let’s Recap PDF and PPT slides
  • Let’s Practise worksheet: active and passive
  • Let's Practise answers
  • Let's Recap PDF sheet
  • Teacher notes
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