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This worksheet is an excellent way for KS2 pupils to revise and practise recognising and using similes.

It contains simile examples and five different challenges, which can be tackled during one lesson or spread over a number of teaching sessions.

Questions encourage creative responses as well as revision, and include interesting images to stimulate ideas.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Underline the similes in the passage
  • Challenge
    Use the image provided to write three similes about the character
  • Test
    Circle the sentences which contain similes, and complete sentences using similes
  • Explain
    Use your own words to explain what a simile is, and why we use them
  • Apply
    Use the image of the enchanted forest and imagine you are walking through it at midnight. Describe your journey, making it sound as scary as possible.Use all of your senses and include 3 similes to enhance your descriptions

What is a simile?

A simile is a figure of speech used to compare one thing to another.

Simile examples

  • Clean as a whistle
  • His room was like a pigsty
  • This house is as old as the hills
  • Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee
  • As fast as lightning

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Discuss how authors use language, including figurative language (investigating and using similes)

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