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Adjectives English for Grammar
Adjectives form a major part of grammar work in years 1 and 2 and children will be taught that an adjective is a word that describes somebody or something (e.g. old, careful, huge). Children will also be shown that adjectives usually come before a noun, but they can be put after linking verbs such as be, get and look in a sentence such as: Those cakes look fantastic.
Because adjectives are now included so early in the curriculum we have published two sets of worksheets on writing adjectives to describe pictures, both of which can be used in Year 1.
In Year 2 children will be expected to form adjectives using suffixes such as ful and less. Watch out, in particular, that children do not use full when changing a noun such as care to an adjective, careful.
Much of the work we have on adjectives would fit almost as easily into our vocabulary section as we look at the use of adjectives in a range of writing, including:
• adjectives to describe the mood of people
• adjectives to describe personality
• small and large adjectives
• adjectives at the seaside
• adjectives instead of nice
• adjectives describing animals
For older children we have sets of worksheets on comparative and superlative adjectives, adjective phrases and adjectival clauses.
A particularly interesting set looks at the order of adjectives and how we usually put opinion before the fact. For example, it sounds quite odd to say:
A red lovely coat
But perfectly normal to say:
A lovely red coat.
There are other rules about the order of adjectives including size, age and colour. It is usual to put size before age and age before colour; hence size before colour. An example of this would be ‘a large brown bag’. (It does not sound correct to say ‘a brown large bag’.)
Using adjectives to describe nouns. (Year 2 on)
Forming adjectives using suffixes
Using suffixes to form adjectives. (Year 2 on)
More adjectives as describing words
More on adjectives as describing words to help with descriptive writing (Year 3 on).
Comparative and superlative adjectives
Introducing comparative and superlative adjectives (Year 3 on)
Further work on adjectives
The order of adjectives, adjective phrases and adjectival clauses (Year 4 on)