Year 6 Colons SPaG Worksheets

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These bright, appealing grammar worksheets are a great help for practising and revising the use of colons in Y6. There are three worksheets in total, covering the following five sections – ‘understand’, ‘challenge’, ‘test’, ‘explain’ and ‘apply’.

  • Understand
    Look at the clauses below. Can you add extra information to each one after the colon?
  • Challenge
    Students write two sentences that each include a colon in response to two image prompts.
  • Test
    Students draw lines to connect the two matching parts of four different sentences that use colons.
  • Explain
    Using their own words, students explain why one might choose to use a colon in their writing.
  • Apply
    Students write an explanation in response to an image prompt that makes use of at least 2 colons.

What is a colon?

A punctuation mark that is typically used to introduce a list of items, a direct quotation or some form of explanation.

Colon examples

  • Mrs Jones said: “This was not supposed to happen.”
  • They talked about three things: the weather, what they’d had for lunch and how noisy it was.
  • The pain was bad enough to make one thing clear: he’d really hurt himself.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should be taught to indicate grammatical and other features by using semi-colons, colons or dashes to mark boundaries between independent clauses [and] using a colon to introduce a list.

  • 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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