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Clauses – 9 of the Best SPaG Worksheets and Resources for KS2 English

Help children know their relative clauses from their subordinate clauses, their independent clauses from dependant causes, and more, with these resources and worksheets for primary school...

  • Clauses – 9 of the Best SPaG Worksheets and Resources for KS2 English

1 | What are clauses (with examples)?

What are clauses? Teachers and Google alike have probably been asked this plenty. And what does Google say?


Thankfully, this article from Grammar Monster explains it in simpler terms: “A clause is a group of words that includes a subject and a verb,” and gives the image above as examples.

But it also goes way beyond just this, offering real-life examples; discussing independent and dependent clauses; showing how noun clauses, adjective clauses and adverbial clauses work in sentences; and talking about how to use them in sentences.

It’s a great place to start, and to refer back to.

Check it out here.

2 | Relative clauses sentence builders

This hands-on resource helps Year 5 children to better understand how relative clauses work, with many sentence fragments that can be cut up for them to reassemble, making both simple sentences and more complex sentences with relative clauses.

Get this resource here.

3 | Conjunctions sentence maker game

On a similar note, this KS2 grammar game helps children learn how to use conjunctions – including the FANBOYS coordinating conjunctions, and a list of subordinating conjunctions.

The pack contains 24 sentences that can be arranged in different combinations as a fun way to explore connective clauses in writing. Using the resource, children can assemble simple sentences, or sentences which include a relative clause.

Find it here.

4 | Year 5 clauses worksheets and answers

This resource is a 6-page sample of Keen Kite’s Ready, Steady, Practise! – Year 5 Grammar and Punctuation series from Collins.

Pages 1 to 3 feature sample questions and answers taken from Ready, Steady, Practise! – Year 5 Grammar and Punctuation Pupil Book: English KS2, while pages 4 to 6 feature guidance, questions and answers taken from Ready, Steady, Practise! – Year 5 Grammar and Punctuation Teacher Resources: English KS2.

Get these worksheets here.

5 | Relative clauses SPaG challenge mat

This SPaG review mat is a great way to revise and practise using relative clauses. The worksheets are divided into five different types of activity, including writing challenges and GPS sample test questions.

Download it here.

6 | Learn speech conventions through knock, knock jokes

To many children, the rules and conventions of direct speech are an unfathomable challenge. So, enter the humble knock, knock joke.

First off, knock, knock jokes feature two speakers, so there’s no need to contrive an awkward conversation for children to ‘turn into speech’. Secondly, the page layout mirrors the rules of dialogue with a new line for each line of the joke. And thirdly, children like knock, knock jokes.

This resource sheet uses a small-steps approach to slowly scaffold children through the rules and conventions of dialogue. In the first instance pupils are simply asked to rewrite knock, knock jokes in speech bubbles.

Each example on this sheet starts with the reporting clause before the dialogue, which enables pupils to practise adding a comma after the reporting clause.

Get this resource here.

7 | Clauses and sentences

This PowerPoint file runs through the what clauses are compared to sentences. It asks children to spot the clauses in sentences, and make sentences more interesting by adding their own clauses.

Click here to download.

8 | Tricky grammar worksheets – relative clauses

This KS2 grammar teaching sequence for relative clauses has been designed to help children revisit and remember a relative clauses in ‘The Search’.

The session provides a motivating and memorable image to stimulate discussion, before introducing the grammar element. Children have time to practise using this feature, before undertaking a short writing task to apply what they have learnt in the context of creative writing.

Get this resource, which includes teacher notes and a pupil worksheet, here.

9 | Test-style clauses questions

This clauses, phrases and subordinating connectives PDF features 41 questions for children to answer, or you can just pick and choose some to use as examples in your class.

Download and print here.

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