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Year 6 Active and Passive Verbs Make a Match – KS2 Grammar Games

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This make a match game is a fun way for pupils in Y6 to develop their understanding of active and passive verbs. They will match sentences that are written using the active and passive voice, exploring how the structure of sentences change when active or passive verbs are used.

The game can be played as a class or in small groups and is perfect for adult led interventions to revisit key knowledge and skills.

This resource pack includes:

  • 2 heading cards
  • 30 sentence cards

What are active and passive verbs?

Passive verbs are used 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.

Active and passive verb examples

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

Active: The fans adored The Beatles.
Passive: The Beatles were adored by fans.

Active: The angry wasp chased Claire.
Passive: Claire was chased by the angry wasp.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should be taught to use passive verbs 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)’].
Pupils should be taught to use and understand the grammatical terminology in English appendix 2 accurately and appropriately when discussing their writing.

  • 2 x headings cards
  • 30 x sentence cards
  • teacher notes
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