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Modal Verbs KS2 – Year 5 SPaG Worksheets

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This bright, appealing modal verbs KS2 grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using modal verbs in Year 5.

Modal verbs KS2 resource

We’ve divided this primary resource into five sections:

  • Understand
    Put a list of modal verbs in order from most likely to least likely.
  • Challenge
    Add modal verbs to complete the example sentences.
  • Test
    Explain how the modal verb changes the meaning of the example sentence, and select whether the modal verbs in a list of sentences indicates certainty or possibility.
  • Explain
    Using your own words, explain what modal verbs are and what they are for.
  • Apply
    Use the image provided and write a short passage about it, showing that you can use modal verbs.

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

What is a modal verb?

A modal verb modifies a verb in a sentence. We use them to show possibility or likelihood, necessity or the future. Modal verbs are: will, would, can, could, may, might, shall, should, must, ought.

You can place the word ‘not’ after the modal verb to create a negative sentence.

Modal verb examples

  • You must attend the meeting.
  • Mike can come to the party.
  • Mum says I should eat more vegetables.
  • Mr Williams would not listen to the advice.
  • Pupils should be taught to develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English Appendix 2 by using modal verbs or adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility
  • Pupils should be taught to use and understand the grammatical terminology in English appendix 2 accurately and appropriately when discussing their writing.

  • 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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