Identifying and using prepositions

Home learning focus

To identify and use prepositions in sentences.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos to help you understand prepositions

  • three activities


Watch this clip to learn about prepositions and when to use them.

Learn about prepositions.

Prepositions can tell you where a noun is in relation to something else.

  • The dog ran under the table.

  • The hot air balloon flew over the town.

Prepositions can also tell you when something happened in relation to something else.

  • I brushed my teeth before I went to bed.

  • He completed his homework after he finished his dinner.

You can use both types of prepositions in one sentence.

  • After walking for miles she rested on a hill.

'After' tells you when she rested and 'on' tells you where she rested.

Watch the following clip to learn more about prepositions.

Revise what you've learnt about prepositions.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

Highlight all the prepositions that are used in the sentences.

Remember: A preposition is a word that tells you where or when something is in relation to something else.

Activity 2

Complete the Missing Prepositions activity sheet.

You can either print out this activity sheet or write your answers on a piece of paper.

Top tip!

Read all the preposition options before you choose.

Re-read your final sentences to make sure they make sense.

Missing prepositions activity sheet

Activity 3

Look around the room you are in.

Write five sentences about the room using a different preposition in each sentence.

Challenge yourself to use these prepositions if you can:

  • between

  • opposite

  • beyond.

For example: The computer is on top of the table.

Top tip!

Use the Prepositions word mat to help you use some interesting prepositions.

Prepositions word mat

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