Coordinating conjunctions

Learning focus

To understand how to join sentences together using coordinating conjunctions.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos to help you understand how to use coordinating conjunctions

  • two activities


Conjunctions are joining words that link together parts of a sentence.

Watch this fun clip to revise the different types of conjunctions.

You could even copy Laura’s moves and sing along, if you like!

Learn about conjunctions with Laura Bubble.

Now watch the following clip.

It will help you understand more about coordinating conjunctions.

Learn about coordinating conjunctions.

Coordinating conjunctions are used to join together two clauses in a sentence.

These two clauses still need to make sense on their own though - they have equal importance.

For example: I had a terrible cold. I stayed in bed.

You can add the coordinating conjunction ‘and’ between these clauses so it makes one sentence.

For example: I had a terrible cold and I stayed in bed.

The three main coordinating conjunctions are:

  • and
  • but
  • or

However, there are seven coordinating conjunctions in total. You can use the word FANBOYS to help you remember them all:

For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So


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

Activity 1

Highlight the coordinating conjunctions in each sentence.

Activity 3

Write four of your own sentences describing these dinosaurs.

Use a coordinating conjunction in each sentence.

For example: The blue dinosaur was small yet he was quick.


You can use the word FANBOYS to help you recall the seven coordinating conjunctions.

For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So

Coordinating Conjunctions poster

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