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Varying Sentence Starters – KS2 Writing Features Challenge Mat Worksheets

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This worksheet is an excellent way to develop children’s use of sentence starters for writing. There are a number of activities that help children understand the effect their writing has on the reader, which can be taught in a single lesson or spread over a number of sessions.

There are images to give children ideas for their writing, and creative writing challenges based on sentence openers.

It’s a great way to revise previous learning, and to experiment with new ideas.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Explain
    Look at the seven different versions of the same sentence, and list the seven different ways these sentences have been started.
  • Understand
    Look at the seven different sentence starters and complete each one.
  • Challenge
    Look at the images and write two different sentences about each one. Find a different way to start each sentence.
  • Test
    Sort the words or phases that could be used to start a sentence into seven different groups and label each box. Add three examples of your own to each box.
  • Apply
    What’s in the box? Imagine that you have received this package from an unknown sender. Write a story about the box and its contents. Remember to add different sentence starts to keep your writing interesting.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

  • evaluate and edit by assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements
  • evaluate and edit by proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences

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