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Sentence starters – 7 of the best KS2 worksheets and resources for primary English/SPaG

Help children improve and vary sentence openers in creative, persuasive and essay writing with these activities, ideas, lessons and more...

  • Sentence starters – 7 of the best KS2 worksheets and resources for primary English/SPaG

What is a sentence starter?

A sentence starter, also known as a sentence opener, is a word or phrase used to begin any given sentence.

It’s useful for children to learn to work on these to vary their language and therefore improve their writing. Different styles or types of writing will require different sentence openers to be effective.

1 | Sentence starters classroom display

This classroom display pack features a set of six posters illustrating different ways to begin a sentence, using eye-catching images surrounded by example sentences – verb, adverb, simile, preposition, conjunction and onomatopoeia.

Plus, blank versions of the posters are also included, so children and teachers can add their own text suggestion

Get this resource here.

2 | KS2 sentence starters game

With this KS2 grammar game you can help children explore different ways of starting sentences.

In it, there are two sets of cards: the blue cards contain examples of adverbs, conjunctions, onomatopoeia, prepositions, questions, similes and verbs that can be used to start a sentence, while the yellow cards contains clauses which can be added to the blue sentence starters.

Not all yellow and blue pairs match, so children can experiment with putting the cards together, or coming up with their own sentence starters or endings.

Check it out here.

3 | Six ways to open a sentence video


If you don’t mind the overly dramatic American narrator, this video handily walks children through opening sentences with the subject, where or when something happens, questions, an ‘-ing’ phrase, verbs ending in ‘-ed’ and ‘-ly’ words.

Each one is backed up with examples and is clearly explained for students to follow and use.

4 | Varying sentence openers worksheets

This worksheet is an excellent way to develop children’s use of sentence starters in creative writing. There are a number of activities that help children understand the effect their writing has on the reader, which can be taught in a single lesson or spread over a number of sessions.

There are images to give children ideas for their writing, and creative writing challenges based on sentence openings.

Find this one here.

5 | Sentence starter examples sheet

This massive PDF of sentence openers sorts its examples them into 15 different styles of writing, such as advertisements, biography, letter writing and instructions, then provides a selection of options for each.

Download and print here.

6 | Year 4 fronted adverbials sentence starter game

Use this Key Stage 2 grammar game to help introduce Y4 children to fronted adverbials, and to revise the topic with Years 5 and 6.

The activity pack contains more than 100 fronted adverbial sentence starters grouped into categories of ‘how’, ‘where’ and ‘when’.

Also included are clauses which can be matched to the fronted adverbials to create sentences.

Children can sort the fronted adverbials into categories, and add their own to the lists; match fronted adverbials with clauses to create sentences (including silly ones!) or use the fronted adverbial cards to start their own sentences.

Grab it here.

7 | Creative writing sentence starters

With these scary stories writing worksheets and model texts you can teach children how to write engaging and scary stories.

There are sheets to help pupils plan against success criteria, instructions on the ingredients of scary tales, two detailed model texts and a story planner to help children structure their stories.

The writing sheet includes scary sentence starters to help children improve and vary their openings in a creative writing context.

Get all this here.

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