Primary English: Getting to grips with grammar

Sian Evans
29th November 2017

Conquer gruelling grammar concepts with confidence using these hand-picked resources 

Let's be honest - grammar can be a tricky task to teach in any classroom. Packed full of rules to remember, structures to follow and definitions to learn, it is no surprise that many students can get stumped along the way. So, before your next grammar lesson, why not check out this comprehensive range of resources? 

KS1 resources

Make sure your young learners have a concrete understanding of the basics by taking the time to explain them clearly, supported by visual prompts and memorable examples. From the outset, it's worth creating an atmosphere of positivity when discussing grammar.


Terra Grammar (KS1)

A friendly Key Stage 1 grammar powerpoint based on the UK 2014 curriculum containing activity/game areas linked to objectives. Aimed at Year 2 with some Year 1 content revision. To be used to introduce and play with grammar objectives contained in Appendix 2 of the National Curriculum English programme of study for Key Stage 1 or perhaps as a pre-assessment tool.
By Katharine7

Past and Present Tense - Small Group Activity

Contains 6 different sets of sentences which are written in the past and present tense. The regular verbs are black and the irregular verbs blue. I used this is a spot tray with year 2/3 children to consolidate their understanding of tenses and verbs.
By flissiti

Sentences KS1

Making sentences: A full class set of 30 different reusable sentence building activity boards. Originally designed for Year 1 (P2) but could be used elsewhere in EYFS / Reception (P1) and Key Stage 1. Emergent writers love lifting the words off to unscramble them to find the hidden simple sentence. With an engaging picture clue and title on each board, this word sequencing resource suits a range of learning styles. Pupils rearrange their jumbled words into the correct order on the board before writing the sentence out themselves on the lines provided, using a dry-wipe pen. They could copy it into their jotter if required. Regular practice of making sentences in this way should help pupils begin to form sentences independently.

Each mixed-up sentence contains a word beginning with a capital letter to help children identify the first word and to reinforce this important punctuation rule, and a full stop to pick up and place at the end of their sentence. While constructing these sentences, children also learn about word order, parts of speech and that a sentence must make sense on its own.

These sentences contain 6-8 words. A simpler set featuring scrambled 4-5 word sentences is available, as is a muddled up questions version. You can buy all 3 Sentence Ordering sets in a bundle.
Jumbled Sentences (4-5 words)
Jumbled Questions
Jumbled Sentences Bundle

Print in colour on good quality card to make it sturdy and laminate for repeated use. With 30 boards, it’s ideal for using as a regular activity, with children working on a different one each session. Or choose the ones you make up if working with a smaller group. It could be used with SEN / ASN groups or other groups requiring support with writing.

Words are printed faintly on each sheet in a random order. Once laminated, cut the word strips and stick each word on top of this faint type, using Blu Tack, Blu Tack ‘Glu Dots’ or equivalent. Each strip is in a different colour to help identify the board it is from. Train the children to replace the words to these starting positions and to wipe boards before putting them back. I recommend good quality laminating pouches and easy-wipe pens to aid with this!

Main file included as Word and PDF.

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By FullShelf

Expanded Noun Phrase KS1 introduction

A PowerPoint resource to introduce children (aimed at Year 2) to expanded noun phrases. Use this as a Grammar starter to a literacy lesson.
By beckyp0211

KS2 resources

Challenge your older students to embrace, justify and debate the complexity of the English language, rather than feel defeated by it. While developing essential skills, grammar lessons are also an opportunity to encourage attention to detail.


PROVE IT! 25 KS2 grammar reasoning cards

PROVE IT! 25 KS2 grammar reasoning cards
Use for interventions, morning tasks, starters, debates, extensions, paired work, homework and more!
master the new curriculum through reasoning activities. Get the children thinking and explaining deeply!
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By erylands

Grammar Practice Year 4

Test style grammar questions for children to practise . Can be used as starters, plenaries, homework or independent morning/afternoon activities.
Pack 1 includes the following:
Fronted Adverbials
Inverted Commas
Differences between possession and plural

Visit to access further resources.
By gsprimaryeducation

SPaG Year 3 Grammar: Use of the forms a or an

A powerpoint explaining when to use a and when to use an, with an interactive activity for the children to choose the correct form.
By highwaystar

Essential Grammar (KS1/KS2)

This 23 page resource includes-

-Indefinite Articles (adding a or an)
These worksheets are differentiated
-Superlatives and Comparatives (three different pages of tasks)
-Noun Classification (countable and uncountable nouns)
-Question Word Writing Activities (Who? What? Where? When? Why?)
-Pronouns (Subject and Object Pronoun Activity Worksheets)
-Subject and Verb Agreement (using am, are and is)
-Compound Words

All areas of learning have 2/3 worksheets each plus one poster than can be used for teaching purposes and/or display.

Upper KS1 / KS2

By PollyPuddleduck

Additional materials

As grammar affects all aspects of literacy, having a few resources up your sleeves that can be pulled out in any calm moments can be helpful. Support students with displayable posters around the classroom and challenge them to test their own understanding with these engaging games.


Definition of grammar key terms

PPT file containing definitions of key terms and examples of use, for print out and display.
By gargs

Literacy / SPAG for KS1/KS2 Monster Grammar

Adjectives, Nouns, verbs and Adverbs with the monsters.
A colourful PowerPoint to revise word types and additional worksheets + bookmark template.
(25 slides)
By LearnersLabyrinth

100 Grammar Challenge Cards

Help your children to review their grammar skills with our challenge cards! This resource includes 100 cards that cover the following topics:

* Types of nouns,
* Adjectives, verbs, prepositions, pronouns, determiners and conjunctions,
* Singular and plural,
* Comparative and superlative adjectives,
* Adjective phrases,
* Past and present tense,
* Complements and link verbs,
* Active and passive voice,
* Auxiliary and main verbs,
* Adverbial phrases,
* Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions,
* Questions, statements, exclamations and commands,
* Subject and verb agreement,
* Simple and complex sentences,
* Narrative voice,
* Negative and positive sentences,
* Direct and reported speech,

... and more! Find more resources like this in our Grammar Pack at
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Nouns and Verbs

Nouns and Verbs PowerPoint Sorting Game.

Do your students need extra practise with the identification of nouns and verbs? This interactive game is perfect to review nouns and verbs!


This PowerPoint must be in Slide Show view or the animation won’t work.

Read the word on the hot air balloon.
Is it a noun or a verb? Click on the correct button to answer.
If you are incorrect, click BACK and try again.
If you are correct, click NEXT and go to the next slide.

Use individual whiteboards to promote whole-class participation.

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Have fun teaching!

Lindy du Plessis

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