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Conjunctions KS1 – 6 of the best worksheets and resources for Year 1 and 2 SPaG

From introducing the idea of linking sentences with words like 'and' in Year 1, to learning about subordinating and coordinating conjunctions in Year 2, these worksheets and activities will help your KS1 pupils along the way…

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What is a conjunction?

A conjunction links words, phrases or clauses together. There are two types of conjunction: coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or) and subordinating (when, if, that, because).

What is a coordinating conjunction?

A coordinating conjunction is a conjunction that goes between, and links, words, phrases, clauses or sentences of equal importance.

What is a subordinating conjunction?

A subordinating conjunction introduces a subordinating clause, and joins it to the main clause in a sentence.

Coordinating conjunctions list

There are only seven coordinating conjunctions, which can be remembered using the pneumonic FANBOYS: For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet and So.

Coordinating conjunction examples

  • I won’t eat chillies for they are too spicy for me.
  • Goldilocks ate their porridge and slept in their beds.
  • Stevie won’t drink milk, nor will he eat eggs.
  • I enjoy geography but not RE.
  • My phone is either in my bag or on the table.
  • She doesn’t try very hard, yet she still does well.
  • We cleared the table so we could play a board game.

Subordinating conjunction examples

  • Gina has been thrilled ever since Jenny arrived.
  • The dog is barking because he wants to go for a walk.
  • We need to clean up so that the classroom is tidy for tomorrow morning.
  • I like living here even though the neighbours can sometimes be noisy.

1 | Year 1 using ‘and’ to join words and clauses

This pack contains all you need to teach a Y1 lesson on using the coordinating conjunction ‘and’ to join words and clauses, or to revise the topic with pupils.

You’ll get a card sort activity, worksheets and teacher’s notes.

Check it out here.

1 | Year 2 subordinating conjunctions challenge worksheet

For KS1 try this SPaG challenge mat to test children’s subordinating conjunctions skills.

It’s split into five sections – Understand, Challenge, Test, Challenge, Apply – and each activity includes SATs-style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses.

Get this resource here.

2 | Year 2 coordinating conjunctions challenge worksheet

And like night follows day, coordinating conjunctions follow subordinating ones.

Here’s a similar worksheet focusing on the other conjunction type.

Give it a look here.

3 | Year 2 subordinating conjunctions grammar worksheets lesson pack

This powerful KS1 grammar resources pack provides everything you need to teach a series of five lessons on subordinating conjunctions (when, if, that, and, because) in Year 2, culminating in an extended writing task where children can use their grammatical understanding in context.

It includes a subordinating conjunctions PowerPoint, sentence and subordinating conjunction PDF cards, a challenge sheet, an uplevelling sheet, a writing plan, writing paper and teacher’s notes.

Get this resource here.

4 | Year 2 coordinating conjunctions grammar worksheets lesson pack

And I’m sure you know what’s coming next. Of course, we have the same great content, but this time for coordinating conjunctions.

Find this one here.

5 | A White Bus mnemonic

OK, a warning, before you hit play, just know that this song is set to the tune of ‘We Like to Party! (The Vengabus)’ by The Vengaboys. And as far as earworms go, this slice of Europop digs deep. It may be in your head for days.

But, there is a reason for its use here. One, it’s memorable, but two, it also helps children to recall some key subordinating conjunctions using the mnemonic ‘A White Bus’ (also commonly extended to ‘On a White Bus’):

  • Once, Only if
  • Now that
  • After, although, as, as long as, as though
  • When, whenever, where, whether, which, while
  • How, however
  • If, in case
  • Than, that, therefore, though
  • Even if, even though
  • Because, before
  • Unless, until
  • Since, so that

6 | Year 2 conjunctions sentence builder game

Use this Sentence Builder Game to develop Y2 pupils’ understanding of how conjunctions can be used to extend sentences.

They will do this by: developing and improving their understanding of how sentences are structured; using conjunctions to extend sentences; and identifying a range of conjunctions, including coordinating and subordinating.

Pupils will use the noun, verb and conjunction cards to create sentences, rehearsing them orally before writing. The grammar game will also give pupils the opportunity to use and understand the Year 2 grammar terminology in English appendix 2 when discussing their sentences.

Check it out here.

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