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This teaching sequence has been designed to help children revisit and recall ‘relative clauses’, a key grammatical concept from the National Curriculum programme of study for Y5.

The session provides a motivating and memorable image to stimulate discussion, before introducing the grammar element, which is ‘relative clauses’.

Children have time to practise using this feature, before undertaking a short writing task to apply what they have learnt in the context of creative writing.

This primary resource includes:

  • Image prompt
    Use the picture of a dirty kitchen to think about how you’d feel standing in this room. Then, imagine that the rest of the house is just as dirty, and that you have to search every room for a precious family ring
  • Grammar challenge
    Rewrite these sentences adding a relative clause to describe the underlined noun
  • Writing challenge
    Write a recount of your search through the house for the missing ring. Imagine that you are describing this to a friend and include lots of detail, using relative clauses so that they can understand how unpleasant this task was
  • Teacher’s notes

What is a relative clause?

Relative clauses provide extra information about a noun, and are introduced by relative pronouns (eg who, that, where).

Relative clause examples

  • The boy who brought the cakes.
  • The lady who lives in the house with the red door.
  • The road which bends to the left.
  • The dress that I wore to the party last week.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Using relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or with an implied (ie omitted) relative pronoun

  • teacher notes
  • pupil worksheet
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