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Year 2 Expanded Noun Phrases SPaG Worksheets

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This bright, appealing PDF grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using expanded noun phrases in Y2.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Add adjectives to sentences to create an expanded noun phrase.
  • Challenge
    Choose 3 people from the pictures provided and describe each in a sentence that includes an expanded noun phrase.
  • Test
    Underline the expanded noun phrases in the example sentences and tick the sentences which include an expanded noun phrase.
  • Explain
    Explain in your own words how to make an expanded noun phrase.
  • Apply
    Imagine that you are at the fair shown in the example picture and write a passage to describe what it is like, adding extra detail by including expanded noun phrases in some of your sentences.

Activities include SATs-style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses, with eye-catching images as prompts.

What is an expanded noun phrase?

A noun phrase is comprised of a noun and additional words help to further describe that noun. Typically, adjectives are added, separated by commas, to describe the noun and create the noun phrase.

Expanded noun phrase examples

  • The big brown bear
  • The little, run-down house
  • The shoes with yellow laces
  • Sarah’s bowl of cereal
  • The cheeky monkey climbing the tree

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should be taught to use expanded noun phrases to describe and specify [for example, the blue butterfly]

  • Worksheets featuring five sections: understand, challenge, test, explain and apply. Activities include SATs style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses with eye-catching images as prompts
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