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Year 6 Passive Voice SPaG Worksheets

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This bright, appealing PDF grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using the passive voice in Y6.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Rewrite the example sentences so that they are written in the passive voice.
  • Challenge
    Look at the picture provided and write 3 simple sentences about it using passive verbs.
  • Test
    Pick out sentences that are written using the passive verb tense, and rewrite some in the active voice
  • Explain
    Using your own words, explain what effect using a passive voice will have on a sentence.
  • Apply
    Write a short short passage about the picture provided, making sure that some of your sentences are written in the passive voice.

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

What is passive voice?

The passive voice is when the object and verb (or action) is emphasised in a sentence over the subject. The subject is not performing the verb in the passive voice, but is rather being acted upon by it.

When the subject is emphasised, this is the active voice.

Passive voice examples

  • The Beatles were adored by fans.
  • Claire was chased by the angry wasp.
  • The sheep were quickly rounded up by the dog.
  • My car was left unlocked.
  • The staffroom biscuits have all gone.

Active and passive voice example

  • Active: The school arranged a visit.
  • Passive: A visit was arranged by the school.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Use of the passive to affect the presentation of information in a sentence [for example, ‘I broke the window in the greenhouse’ versus ‘The window in the greenhouse was broken (by me)’].

  • 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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