Fronted Adverbials Worksheets Year 4 – KS2 SPaG Challenge

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This bright, appealing PDF grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using fronted adverbials in Y4.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Complete the example sentences which begin with fronted adverbials.
  • Challenge
    Use the image provided and write three sentences about it which begin with fronted adverbials.
  • Test
    Tick each of the example sentences which contain fronted adverbials, then match a list of fronted adverbials to the example sentence end that best completes it.
  • Explain
    Using your own words, explain what a fronted adverbial is.
  • Apply
    Use the image provided to write a passage about the boy’s journey to school, making sure at least three of your sentences start with fronted adverbials.

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

What is a fronted adverbial?

Adverbials are used like adverbs. They are words or phrases that add more information to a verb, and explain how, when or where something happened.

Fronted adverbials are therefore are adverbials that have been moved to the front of the sentence, before the verb. They describe the rest of the sentence to come.

Fronted adverbial examples

  • Meanwhile, we did some drawing.
  • Somewhere around here, Jamie left her pencil case.
  • Just then, we heard a noise.
  • Somewhat understandably, the teacher was furious.
  • In September, it’ll be my birthday.
  • Occasionally, I like to walk through the forest.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Students will learn:

  • That a fronted adverbial is an adverbial which has been moved before the verb
  • To use fronted adverbials [for example, Later that day, I heard the bad news.]
  • About the use of commas after fronted adverbials


  • 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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