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Year 4 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 Y4.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Add an adjective and a prepositional phrase to nouns to create expanded noun phrases.
  • Challenge
    Write a sentence to describe the clock(s) in each picture, and make sure to include adjectives and prepositional phrases in each one.
  • Test
    Underline the longest possible noun phrase in each sentence. Tick each of these sentences which include an expanded noun phrase. Underline all expanded noun phrases in the passage below.
  • Explain
    Using your own words, explain what an expanded noun phrase is.
  • Apply
    Imagine that find yourself at the spooky house shown in the image, and write a passage to describe your time there. Make sure that you add 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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