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Conjunctions KS2 – 9 of the best worksheets and resources for SPaG

Teach subordinating conjunctions and coordinating conjunctions in Key Stage 2 with these ideas, activities and more for your grammar lessons…

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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.

Subordinating conjunctions list KS2

  • After
  • Although
  • As
  • As if
  • As long as
  • Because
  • Before
  • Even though
  • If
  • If only
  • Now
  • Now that
  • Once
  • Rather than
  • Since
  • So that
  • Than
  • That
  • Though
  • Till
  • Unless
  • Until
  • When
  • Where
  • Whether
  • Which
  • While

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 3 Coordinating Conjunctions Grammar Worksheets Lesson Pack

This powerful KS2 PDF grammar worksheet resource pack provides everything you need to teach a series of five SPaG lessons on coordinating conjunctions, culminating in an extended writing task where children can use their grammatical understanding in context.

This primary resource pack includes a PowerPoint with explanations, examples and activities; a coordinating conjunctions challenge sheet; clause cards in three sizes; a story writing plan worksheet; an uplevelling writing worksheet and teacher’s notes.

Find all this here.

2 | Year 3 subordinating and coordinating conjunctions SPaG challenge worksheets

These bright, appealing PDF grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using coordinating and subordinting conjunctions in Y3.

Each of these primary resources is divided into five sections – understand, challenge, test, explain and apply – with SATs-style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses, with eye-catching images as prompts.

Click here for the coordinating conjunctions and here for the subordinating conjunctions.

3 | Year 3 subordinating conjunctions resources

For lower-KS2 there is a selection of resources to use that are all bright and appealing.

The classroom display pack (pictured above) features a set of six posters illustrating a range of subordinating conjunctions, using eye-catching images surrounded by example sentences. Plus, you get blank versions of the posters so children can add their own text suggestions.

Then there’s this subordinating conjunctions resource pack that includes a PowerPoint, a challenge sheet, an extension sheet, conjunction cards, a writing plan and teacher’s notes.

Check out all these conjunctions resources here.

4 | Year 3 conjunctions sentence builder game

Use Plazoom’s Sentence Builder Game to develop Y3 pupils’ use of a wider range of conjunctions in their sentences.

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

Check it out here.

5 | Coordinating conjunctions classroom display poster packs

These classroom display packs features a set of seven posters illustrating the FANBOYS set of coordinating conjunctions, using eye-catching images surrounded by example sentences.

Blank versions of the posters are also included, so children and teachers can add their own text suggestions.

Click here for poster pack 1 and poster pack 2.

6 | Subordinating and coordinating conjunctions worksheets

If you’re teaching subordinating and coordinating conjunctions together, this KS2 grammar resource provides model sentences for over 50 different conjunctions, including FANBOYS (‘For’, ‘And’, ‘Nor’, ‘But’, ‘Or’, ‘Yet’, ‘So’)

It’s perfect for display and table activities in Year 3 and 4, as well as revision in Year 5 and 6

Get it here.

7 | Subordinating vs coordinating conjunctions

This worksheet asks students to pick out which conjunctions are subordinating and which are coordinating. An answer sheet is included.

Download this PDF here.

8 | Coordinating and subordinating conjunction sentence maker cards

Use this KS2 grammar game to help 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.

The sentence maker cards have three sections. The blue or yellow cards show simple sentences. The green conjunction cards can be used to connect these clauses to create compound or complex sentences.

Different pairs of clauses can only be correctly connected using specific conjunctions. By using the cards to explore these connections, children can develop their understanding of the role of each different conjunction.

Find this resource here.

9 | Year 6 conjunctions story starters

This teaching sequence has been designed to help children revisit and recall conjunctions in Y6.

The session provides a motivating and memorable image to stimulate discussion, and children have time to practise using conjunctions, before undertaking a short writing task to apply what they have learnt in the context of creative writing.

Find it here.

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