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This bright, appealing UKS1 grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using adjectives in Year 2.

It is divided into 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.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Underline the adjectives in the noun phrases, and add an adjective to create a noun phrase.
  • Challenge
    Write adjectives around the picture provided to describe the giant, then write a sentence that describes the giant using some of your adjectives.
  • Test
    Circle the words that are adjectives in the sentences given, then tick the sentences that have an adjective to create a noun phrase.
  • Explain
    Write in your own words what an adjective is, and try to use some examples.
  • Apply
    Write a description of the picture using adjectives to add description and create noun phrases.

What is an adjective?

An adjective is a word naming an attribute of a noun. Or, more plainly, it is a word that describes a person or thing. Adjectives are words that modify other words to make language more interesting or specific.

The National Curriculum guidance offers the following advice:

“The surest way to identify adjectives is by the ways they can be used:

  • before a noun, to make the noun’s meaning more specific (ie to modify the noun), or
  • after the verb be, as its complement.

Adjectives cannot be modified by other adjectives. This distinguishes them from nouns, which can be. Adjectives are sometimes called ‘describing words’ because they pick out single characteristics such as size or colour. This is often true, but it doesn’t help to distinguish adjectives from other word classes because verbs, nouns and adverbs can do the same thing.”

National Curriculum English programmes of study links

Pupils should be taught to use the grammar for year 2 in English Appendix 2, and to use and understand the grammatical terminology in English Appendix 2 in discussing their writing.

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