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Parenthesis Worksheet – Year 5 SPaG Challenge Mat

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This bright, appealing Year 5 parenthesis worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using this grammar feature.

We’ve divided this parenthesis worksheet into five sections. Activities include SATs-style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses, with eye-catching images as prompts.

Parenthesis worksheet sections


Children need to choose one of the following parentheses and include it in a sentence:

  • – my favourite –
  • , who is my brother,
  • (in London)


Write three sentences about the included picture, using different punctuation to add parenthesis for each one.


Students need to tick which punctuation marks they can use to add parenthesis, then tick the correctly-punctuated sentences.


In their own words, pupils need to explain what a parenthesis is and how you separate parentheses from the rest of the sentence.


Write a paragraph about the included image, including parenthesis in your writing.

What is parenthesis?

Parenthesis is indicated by the use of brackets, dashes or commas.

Parenthesis Year 5 examples

  • The horse, which had been running for a while, looked tired.
  • The route was treacherous – narrow paths, thick vines and who knows what hiding out of sight – and they would need to be careful.
  • Rebecca thrashed her raggedy drum kit (which was already battered and worn-down when she bought it years ago).
  • Elizabeth II (the Queen of Great Britain) became the longest serving monarch in history.
  • Jasmine and Poppy, from Cambridge, travelled to Scotland for a holiday.
  • My car – which is over ten years old – needs to go to the garage.

National Curriculum English programmes of study links

Indicate grammatical and other features by using brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis

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