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20 October 2014
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Word types - lesson plan

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KS2 Bitesize

  1. To identify nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, conjunction and prepositions within the context of a sentence.
  2. To understand the roles of nouns, adjectives, adverbials and verbs in a sentence.
  3. To understand what a clause is.
  4. To redraft sentences to improve word choice, focusing on how arguments and evidence are built up and the language used to convince the reader.

National Curriculum

En3, 2f, 7a.


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Teaching activities

Class Work

  1. Ask the children to complete the Word types worksheet (PDF 50KB) to begin discussion of word classes and the function of each of these words. The children should match up the description with a word class and provide a few examples of each. Ensure that the children understand, in particular, the roles of nouns, adjectives, adverbials and verbs.
  2. Read the Bitesize word types pages to check the accuracy of answers and for further explanation, if necessary.
  3. Focus discussion on adjectives, powerful verbs and adverbials, explaining that word choices can help to make language more interesting, convincing and persuasive.
  4. Look at a collection of words on the whiteboard (eg delicious, mouth-watering, exquisite, devour, gulp, gobble, quickly, immediately, like a monster). Ask the children to get into pairs and sort the words into three groups and then to identify the most powerful adjective, verb and adverbial in the group and explain why. What does this word suggest or imply, particularly if it is being used to advertise a food?
  5. Develop (as a class) a rich vocabulary that will help launch an advertising campaign to promote sprouts to young children.

Group work

  1. Ask the children to work in small groups to develop the sprouts advertising campaign.
  2. Ensure that the quality of the product is described using adjectives (and possibly similes and metaphors) and implied using the actions and dialogues (verbs and adverbials) of the characters.


  1. Share some of the children's completed adverts, asking the audience to listen carefully for the word choices and to comment on the suitability for and impact on the audience.
  2. Divide the class into teams and complete the Bitesize word types quiz.

Independent group work/Homework

Ask the children to complete the Bitesize word types activity. Encourage them to write their answers on their individual whiteboards.

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