Revising adverbs and fronted adverbials

Home learning focus

To revise how to use adverbs and fronted adverbials.

This lesson includes:

  • one video about adverbs

  • one video about fronted adverbials

  • four activities


You have learnt about adverbs and fronted adverbials in previous lessons. Today you will be revising them and using them to create your own sentences.

Watch this short clip to revise how to use adverbs.

Revise how to use adverbs.

An adverb is a word that describes a verb (an action or a doing word).

Adverbs often end in –ly.

For example: He ate his breakfast quickly.

The word 'quickly' is an adverb as it describes the verb ‘ate’.

Adverbs can come before or after a verb.

  • He quickly ate his breakfast.

  • He ate his breakfast quickly.

Now watch this short clip to revise how to use fronted adverbials.

Revise how to use fronted adverbials.

An adverbial phrase is like an adverb because adds more information to the sentence, but it uses more than one word to describe the verb.

For example: Sam saw a rainbow yesterday afternoon.

The words ‘yesterday afternoon’ are the adverbial phrase as they add more information about the verb ‘saw’.

A fronted adverbial is when the adverb or adverbial phrase is at the front (or start) of the sentence, before the verb.

For example: Yesterday afternoon, Sam saw a rainbow.

Adverbs and adverbial phrases can describe:

Manner (how something is done)

  • Wildly, the bees buzzed.

Time (when something is done)

  • The bees buzzed all of a sudden.

Place (where something happens)

  • The bees buzzed in their hive.


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

Activity 1

Drag the correct adverb of time into each sentence.

Adverbs of time

Activity 2

Complete the ‘Adverbial Sort’ activity sheet to show whether the adverbial phrases are of manner, time or place.

Either print out the activity sheet or draw your own table and write the adverbs in the correct columns.

Adverbial Sort

Activity 3

Write eight sentences using the adverbial phrases you sorted in Activity 2.

  • In your first four sentences, use the adverbial phrase in the middle or at the end of the sentence.

For example: He turned them into toads with a flick of his wand.

  • In your second four sentences, use the adverbial phrase as a fronted adverbial (at the start of your sentence).

For example: Below the crashing waves, a giant octopus waved his tentacles.

Activity 4

For even more practice, complete this 'Fronted Adverbials' activity sheet. Can you get all 24 marks?

Fronted Adverbials

Where next?

In this lesson you have revised how to use adverbs and fronted adverbials.

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