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Year 6 SATs Practice - SPaG questions - Noun phrases

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At the end of Key Stage 2, children in Year 6 complete the English grammar, punctuation and spelling test (GPS). Are your pupils ready?

This Year 6 SPaG Questions pack will support the practise of test style questions that pupils will face in paper 1 of the end of Key Stage 2 English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test.

These resources can be used alongside our Year 6 Revision Blaster worksheets to support revision in your classroom, in this case, of noun phrases.

All our SPAG Questions and Revision Blaster resource packs focus on the content domains from the Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test framework (National Curriculum tests from 2016).

Content domains covered in this resource:

  • G1.1 – nouns
  • G1.3 - adjectives
  • G1.7 - prepositions
  • G1.8 - determiners
  • G3.2 - noun phrases

This pack includes:

  • SPaG Questions PPT slides: noun phrases
  • Let’s Practise! 1 and 2 PDF worksheets, (also shown on PPT slides 5 and 6)

What is a noun phrase?

A noun phrase is a phrase that includes a noun and usually a determiner (for example a man or those children). They can be expanded using adjectives, modifying nouns and prepositional phrases. A noun phrase cannot be used as a sentence on its own.

Determiners are used before a noun to create a noun phrase. They show which noun, how many or how much. Examples of determiners include a, the, some, one, every, his or hers.

Adjectives are words that usually come before a noun and modify it, adding description or specifying which person or object it is.

  • The bright sun is high in the blue sky.
  • We need plain flour for the recipe.’

Modifying nouns are used to give information about another noun to modify it. Examples include: the car door, vegetable soup or gift shop.

Prepositions are words that are used before a noun, pronoun or noun phrase, linking these to a verb, another noun or an adjective. The most common preposition is of. Other prepositions can show position or direction, timing and a link or relationship.

Prepositional phrases are a group of words with a preposition at its head that is followed by a noun, pronoun or noun phrase. They can be used to modify a noun or verb. When they modify a verb, they are also known as an adverbial.

  • the teacher with the curly hair
  • the car beside the house

  • SPaG Questions PPT slides: noun phrases
  • Let’s Practise! 1 and 2 PDF worksheets, (also shown on PPT slides 5 and 6)
  • Teacher notes
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