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Year 5 Grammar Games - Relative Clauses Sentence Builder

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Use Plazoom’s Sentence Builder Game to develop year 5 pupils’ understanding of relative clauses. Pupils will use the noun and relative clause cards to create sentences, rehearsing them orally, before writing. The grammar game will also give pupils the opportunity to use and understand the year 5 grammar terminology in English appendix 2 when discussing their sentences.

This sentence game for KS2 can be played as a whole class as a fun English lesson starter activity or as the main focus of the lesson. It could also be used as a writing intervention in KS2 for pupils who may need support to when using the passive voice in their sentences.

What is a relative clause?

Relative clauses are a type of subordinate clause that adds information about a noun. They can be used to specify which noun: for example, the girl who lives next door (we now know ‘which’ girl). They can also add information about the noun: for example, the song which he wrote last year (we now know when the song was written).

Relative clauses begin with a type of pronoun (a word that can be used to replace a noun in a sentence) called a relative pronoun. These are who, which, where, when, whose, whom or that but sometimes the relative pronoun is removed (or omitted).

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should be taught to use relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or with an implied (i.e. omitted) relative pronoun
Pupils should be taught to use and understand the grammatical terminology in English appendix 2 accurately and appropriately when discussing their writing.

  • Teacher notes
  • Sentence Builder game board
  • Noun cards
  • Relative clause cards
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