Adverbs KS2

Adverbs KS2

What is an adverb?

It is important to learn about adverbs in KS2.

An adverb is a word that describes a verb, At least that’s what I remember learning at school. It’s a  little bit more complicated than that.

An adverb can also describe an adjective or another adverb.

However, let’s not over complicate it when teaching, unless your child is ready for the next stage.

Here’s a song for your child

Here are some examples of adverbs where it describes a verb.

The adverb is not always next to the verb. It often describes how something was done.

I have underlined the adverb.

Cautiously, the Fox looked around the farm.

The sailor courageously climbed the mast.

The teacher cheerfully took the children out to play.

The boy played football enthusiastically.

The girl looked around the garden inquisitively.

The postman nervously walked around the dog.

The vet gently put a bandage on the cat.

The market trader shouted loudly to the crowd to come and look at all his goods.

These next sentences include the adverb that answers the question “when?”

Before we went for our dinner, we washed our hands.

We often went shopping.

We must get to school punctually.

Tomorrow we will go swimming.

I am hoping to get a bicycle soon.

I need to clean my bedroom now.

I have to hoover again.

These next sentences include the adverb that answers the question “how often?”

The clock chimes hourly.

Occasionally we go to the seaside.

I tell her repeatedly not to break my toys.

We pay our car insurance annually.

Usually, the cat likes to be stroked.

I am constantly cleaning up.

I never get to play with the Lego.

These next sentences include the adverb that answers the question “where?”

The kitchen is downstairs.

Look up to see the sky.

Can you feel the sand below your feet?

I left my gloves here.

Let’s go outside and play.

These next sentences include the adverb that answers the question “how much?”

He is completely mad.

You ate almost all the biscuits.

I think that dress is rather nice.

We got very wet.

There are two adverbs in these sentences.

The criminal solemnly swore that he would never steal again.

The police often had to drive quickly to catch criminals who were escaping.

Eventually, the boy carefully hung up all his shirts.




Some adverb lists for KS2

These ones you have to download

And these worksheets are from America and so use American spelling rather than British spelling so be careful with them if you are in the UK.

Worksheets for Adverbs

I am including some links here for worksheets to do with adverbs however I never really advocate just using worksheets as they are written.  Sometimes it is helpful for you to the see the sort of activity of child might do but I would try and think of a way to cut it up and make a game of it.  At the very least is it possible to make a quiz out of it maybe even with some prizes? Put individual words on cards cut them out and then reorder them.

I am not sure why the first piece is called “nice” homework.

Interactive stories where you can choose some adverbs

Finish the story – Bushfire

Make sure your speakers are turned on!

Adverbs KS2

Super Stories – The Sea Cave

Or try using one of these story book creators:

all of which give you a lot more freedom and lots of actions to describe.

Adverbs KS2

Adverbs Powerpoint KS2

Here are some useful powerpoints –  they are all free.

There are plenty more here and these tell you what year group they are suitable for – 


There are masses of videos on YouTube here are just a few that you might like to check out.

But the adverbs describing adjectives here are not ones you would want to use too much of.

I like this video – there is more detail.  However, you might want to start with the first one and move onto this one.


Let me know what you think in the comments below.

What have I missed out?


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6 thoughts on “Adverbs KS2

  1. Julia,
    Teaching of this magnitude wonderfully done. I do not know if you are an actual teacher; but you should be. I would have loved having this when teaching my children verbs and adverbs they were very confusing for me when I was in school. You have broken it down simply and given many examples which now makes them easier to identify not only for the children but adults who had trouble in school learning the difference.
    Thank you I will be returning to see what else you have come up with to make tutoring children easier.

    1. Hi Susan,

      Thank you for this!  I am a teacher and tutor and I love helping other people. 

      Let me know if you have any topics you would like covering and I will do my best to help out!

      Thanks again for your encouragement!


  2. Great Post! Brilliant site. I think it is (and always has been) a parents responsibility to prepare their children for life, rather than just expecting school to do it. Teaching them beforehand can give them a confidence boost and reduce stress as well (in my opinion of course).

    I’ll be honest here, its been a while since school so I have probably forgotten a lot of what I learned. It is always nice to refresh your memory especially with The Adverb Song. I think the examples of how, when and where are great with the dog, the school and the bus as examples. I think kids would definitely enjoy this video.

    1. Thanks Renton,

      I also think kids come home and ask parents questions about what they have been learning and I am hoping that this will grow into a guide to help parents as well as their children.

  3. Hey Julia,

    What a fantastic website you have.  I love the way you describe adverb by splitting it in short lessons.  Your website is a great resource for kids.  I am definitely going to share on my social.

    The another think I noticed, that you includes so many other useful resources in your post, that’s really awesome.  I am thoroughly impressed.  

    P.S.  Julia, when I try to share on my social, was not able to.  The pop up is not working and only pinterest button works, and it landed me back on your site.


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