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Adverbial phrase KS2 – the best worksheets and resources for primary SPaG

Want to teach grammar more effectively than ever? Need pupils to use adverbial phrases confidently and correctly? These worksheets, activities, lesson ideas and more will help you do that in no time...

  • Adverbial phrase KS2 – the best worksheets and resources for primary SPaG

What is an adverbial phrase?

An adverbial is a word or phrase that is used, like an adverb, to modify a verb or clause.

They typically describe how, when, where or why something was done.

Adverbial phrase examples

  • Tidy your desks quickly and quietly.
  • Without thinking, James put his red jumper in the white wash.
  • I play basketball once or twice a week.
  • The class watched the play with glee.
  • Come over as soon as you can.
  • In an effort to sleep better, Mrs Omar decided to switch to decaf coffee.
  • Roman needs to complete his homework with much more care and attention.
  • Please walk through the corridor more carefully than this.
  • To make sure she got to the bus stop on time, Nadia left school the second the bell rang.
  • The girl played the piano with more finesse than usual.
  • You can find woodlice in damp, dark places.
  • The team took the defeat very gracefully.

1 | KS2 adverbial phrases worksheets

This KS2 grammar resources features a wide range of sentences using adverbial phrases for connection, which children in Year 3 and 4 can use as models for their own writing. Because they are not all fronted adverbials, the sentences will be useful for children in Year 5 and 6, too.

The sentences are available in two versions:

  • For the table
    Pupil reference sheets show all of the model sentences on 2 mats which can be kept on tables and referred to during lessons. Additional versions are provided which separate the sentences into easily trimmable columns. This enables you to provide a pupil with a smaller group of phrases at a time.
  • For display
    The sentences are presented at a larger size so they can be used as part of a wall display.

Also included are:

  • 3 adverbial phrases worksheets
    These contain different sentences that are missing words or phrases, for children to complete
  • Adverbial phrases set
    The words and phrases can be cut out individually, then sorted into different categories using the grid provided
  • Adverbial phrases grid
    Children can use this to classify and sort different types of adverbial phrases

Get this resource here.


2 | Adverbs and adverbials video

This BBC Teach video is created for KS3, but it’s clear enough than KS2 students should be able to use it as a good grounding or refresher in what adverbials are and how they’re used (which you’ll find in the second half of the short video).


3 | Adverbial phrases primary resources

Check out Newton Primary School’s page for a selection of resources on adverbials and adverbial phrases.

There’s a ‘sort the adverbials’ activity; one on using adverbs to modify clauses; one where you need to underline the adverbial phrase and decide whether it is describing when, where, how much etc; and more.

Check them all out here.


4 | Adverbials in a paragraph worksheet

This resource sample from Collins contains three tasks on adverbials for students to undertake, in order to help them learn to identify and use adverbials to organise writing and guide readers.

In the first task they need to pick out which adverbials link the ideas in the paragraphs.

Then in the second, they need to sequence a list of adverbial phrases such as ‘Another thing to consider is…’, ‘Others say…’ and ‘On the one hand, I agree that…’.

Finally, there’s an adverbial sort where they have to put the words and phrases into the correct place in the table.

Download this PDF tasksheet here.


5 | Fronted adverbial phrases…in space!

This activity helps children to identify the features of a fronted adverbial phrase, and lets them create a variety of space-themed fronted adverbial sentences.

In it they will need to rewrite sentences so that the adverbial phrase is at the front with a comma.

Check it out here.


6 | Adverbial phrase and authorial intent

In this activity worksheet students will familiarise themselves with adverbial phrases, by analysing an extract from Trash by Andy Mulligan to explore the effect of language choices.

They can then have a go at an extended writing task.

Download and print here.

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