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Expanded Noun Phrases Year 2 – 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 Year 2.

Expanded noun phrases Year 2 resource

We’ve divided this primary resource 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 in the example picture. 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?

An expanded noun phrase comprises a noun and additional words to further describe that noun. Typically, you add adjectives, separated by commas, to describe the noun and create the expanded noun phrase. You can add additional information after the noun using a preposition.

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

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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