What is an adverb?
Why Adverbs KS2?
It is important to learn about adverbs in KS2 but there will be more complex explanations and examples in KS3 and beyond.
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 overcomplicate it when teaching, unless your child is ready for the next stage.
Here’s a song for your child
Some examples of adverbs that describe 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 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 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 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.
Games to play with adverbs
Here is a miming game to play – it is free on the TES site if you join.
You can devise your own if you have a list of verbs and a list of adverbs.
Try the quiz on this BBC Bitesize page
Check out this Adverbs wordsearch
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 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!
Super Stories – The Sea Cave
Or try using one of these storybook creators:
all of which give you a lot more freedom and lots of actions to describe.
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 – http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/englishB2.htm
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 on to this one.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
What have I missed out?