Year 5 English worksheets

Identifying adverbial phrases worksheet

Identifying adverbial phrases

An adverbial phrase is a group of words (but no verb) that tells us when, how or where something is done. Using your knowledge of adverbial phrases, can you complete this chart?

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Dashes to mark the boundary between independent clauses worksheet

Dashes to mark the boundary between independent clauses

Sometimes dashes are used to indicate a pause in sentences that contain two independent clauses. Look at these sentences and add in the dash where you think it should go in each one.

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Dashes to link clauses worksheet

Dashes to link clauses

Sometimes dashes are used in sentences to link different clauses and indicate a pause or break in the flow of a sentence. Look at these sentences and write in a dash where you think it should go in each one.

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Dashes to indicate parenthesis worksheet

Dashes to indicate parenthesis

Can you add the missing dashes into these sentences?

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Collective nouns worksheet

Collective nouns

Can you match up the collective nouns on the left with the correct nouns on the right?

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Using onomatopoeia worksheet

Using onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia is describing a sound by using a word that actually makes that sound. Splash, whir, clang... what other onomatopeic sounds do you like? Think about when you get into school in the morning. What sounds do you hear? Use this table to help you and then write your own poem similar to the one above (it doesn’t have to rhyme!).

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Using concrete and abstract nouns worksheet

Using concrete and abstract nouns

Each of these sentences is missing a concrete noun and an abstract noun; can you add them in? Once you’ve finished, underline concrete nouns in blue and abstract nouns in red.

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Using alliteration worksheet

Using alliteration

Alliteration is using words that start with the same letter or sound for literary effect. Alliteration is often used in poetry and persuasive writing. Look at the name in each of these ‘empty’ sentences. You need to find all the other words that start with this letter in the table below. See if you can work out how to organise the words so that the sentences make sense.

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Understanding active and passive worksheet

Understanding active and passive

In each of the following cases, turn the sentence from passive to active or active to passive.

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Find the subject and object worksheet

Find the subject and object

These sentences contain a subject, verb and object. Underline the subject in green, the verb in purple and the object in orange.

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Active or passive worksheet

Active or passive?

See if you can turn these active sentences into passive sentences.

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Writing task: using similes and metaphors

Writing task: using similes and metaphors

Look at this picture of a lake at night. Write some descriptive notes about all the elements you can see (and imagine!). Be as descriptive and imaginative as you can. Now can you turn any of these descriptions into similes or metaphors?
Writing task: using hyperbole and personification

Writing task: using hyperbole and personification

Look at this picture of a haunted house. Write some descriptive notes about all the elements you can see (and imagine!). Be as descriptive and imaginative as you can. Remember to imagine exploring the haunted house with your senses (sight, sound, touch and smell) to decide what to describe. Now, can you improve these descriptions using hyperbole or personification?

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Writing task: The Tinder Box

Writing task: The Tinder Box

The story in Reading comprehension: The Tinder Box is incomplete. Can you finish the story here? You will need to explain what happens to the soldier when he goes down into the tree. Why do you think the witch needs the tinder box? How does the story end? Try to include good adjectives, correct speech punctuation and plenty of good verbs and adverbs in your writing.

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Writing Task: The Selfish Giant’s Garden

Writing Task: The Selfish Giant’s Garden

Imagine that you have found yourself in the Selfish Giant’s garden (from Reading comprehension: The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde). Write a really good description of what you see there. Try to think of your own original description, rather than just replicating ideas from the story.

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Writing task: Speaking to the Selfish Giant

Writing task: Speaking to the Selfish Giant

Imagine that you are a child wanting to play in the Selfish Giant’s garden. Write a list of reasons why you want to play in the garden here (just write in note form).

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Writing task: First day at school

Writing task: First day at school

Imagine that you are Sara Crewe (from Reading comprehension: Sara Crewe) arriving at boarding school on your first day. You are dressed in clothes that are far too extravagant for school life, sad because your father has had to leave you and anxious about what school is going to be like. Write a few paragraphs about entering the school and meeting the headmistress, Miss Minchin.

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Writing task: Describing a mermaid lagoon

Writing task: Describing a mermaid lagoon

Imagine that you have been walking in some woods and found a lagoon. You can see mermaids swimming in it. Describe what you see as fully as you can.

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Writing task: A trip away

Writing task: A trip away

Imagine that you are travelling alone somewhere. How are you travelling? How do you feel about the journey? What kinds of things do you see? See if you can include good adjectives, verbs and adverbs and a range of punctuation in your writing.

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Rhetorical questions worksheet

Rhetorical questions

A rhetorical question is one that we ask without expecting an answer, either because it has an obvious answer or because we have asked the question to make a point, to persuade or for literary effect. Now see if you can write a conversation between a teacher and a child. Make sure you include questions, some rhetorical and some not.

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