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Year 6 SATs Practice - SPaG questions - Word Classes

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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 word classes.

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
  • G1.2 verbs
  • G1.3 adjectives
  • G1.6 adverbs
  • G1.7 prepositions
  • G1.8 determiners

This pack includes:

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

What are word classes?

Words have different purposes within a sentence. They belong to different word classes depending on the job that they do within a sentence. A word can belong to more than one word class.

Nouns are words that name people, places, objects, thoughts, ideas and feelings. There are different types of nouns, including proper, common, concrete, abstract and collective.

Adjectives are words that usually come before a noun and modify it, adding description or specifying which person or object it is. In this sentence ‘The bright sun is high in the blue sky.’ the adjectives ‘bright’ and ‘blue’ describe the sun and sky. In the sentence ‘We need plain flour for the recipe.’ the adjective ‘plain’ is specifying which flour we need.

Verbs are words that can identify an action in a sentence. Other verbs join the subject to a description of it and are link verbs. Examples of these include the following: was/were, is/are and be.

Adverbs are words that modify verbs but can also modify adjectives, other adverbs or whole sentences. They can give the answers to the following questions within a sentence: How ...? When ...?, Where…?, How often…? or How much ...? Adverbs can, but do not always, end with the suffix -ly.

Preposition are words that are used before a noun, pronoun or noun phrase. Prepositions can link 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.

Determiners are used before a noun or at the beginning of a noun phrase. They show which noun, how many or how much. Examples of determiners include a, the, some, one, and every. Some determiners are possessive and shows who something belongs to. Possessive determiners are my, your, his, her, its, our and their.

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