Adverbs KS2 – Describing a verb


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!

Adverbs KS2

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 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 on to this one.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

What have I missed out?

Free Spelling Activities – for younger children

Free Spelling Activities

All children and adults need to learn to spell correctly.  The trick is to find ways that are effective and enjoyable.  Here are some free spelling activities you might like to try.  Perhaps they will give you ideas for other you could do?

Although I have included games you might already have or want to get, you can also just write out or print out letters and words and cut them up to use,

Start with helping your child familiarise themselves with the words rather than spelling them immediately. Have a little box or a bag to put the words in. don’t do too many at once.  Swap them around after a week or so and return to words another time if you hit a stumbling block. Expect children to need to revise at least some of then at a later date. Include words that are easy for them to learn.

Give lots of positive praise and encouragement.

For instance, tick off the letters they get right in a word. Don’t criticise them if they’ve spelt it wrong.  Find something to praise – You have got four out of five letters right. It won’t take long before you can spell the whole word.  You have got the right blend at the beginning. Well done, you always get the end of this word right.

Play games with these words such as snap or war, matching games or Kim’s game.  Kim’s game would be far too difficult if you had lots of words so why not start off with 3 or 4.  Read through the words with your child. Then take one word away when your child is not looking. Now ask your child to look again and see if they can spot the missing word.  If it is too easy with just three or four words then you can increase the amount so that it is challenging but not too difficult.

Fridge magnets

A bunch of magnetic letters would be useful. We have a Scrabble set on our fridge.  You could have some words of the week.

Plastic letters

Get some plastic letters to play around with.

Pick off 10 letters – how many words can be made with these letters.  Either you or the child should write these words down so that you can keep track of how many you’ve done.  Then put them back and have another go.

You can be sneaky and take out the letters that make some of the children spellings.  e.g if one of the spellings was house you might take out    o u s e h m l b . Then the words might include: be, he, she, house, mouse, louse, and blouse (Decide for yourself whether you would want to include blouse as that doesn’t sound quite the same as house.)


There is a similar game called Boggle, which children who are a bit older might enjoy but it is a bit confusing having to just look at the blog Boggle grid.  If this is too difficult for your children you could use the Boggle set to find the letters, but then match them with individual letters that you can move around and make words out of.


Why not use an ordinary Scrabble set but make up some of your own rules.  For instance, your child might help themselves to seven letters. If they can’t see a word then they could take another letter. and maybe one or two more.  Then, if they can make a word but not one that joins what is already on the board then perhaps they can put their word in a new place. The rules might be different for yourself.  So you can only have seven letters at the time. You can only use words that your child already knows. You can only put your word down if it connects with a word already on the board.  If not you miss a turn.

Scoring –  again let’s keep this simple  unless your child is ready for something more sophisticated.  Each letter is worth one point. Your child gets one point for each tile that they put down and also for each tile in the word that they connect with.  You, on the other hand, only get a point for each tile you put down.

There is also a game called Junior Scrabble and again you might decide whether you use the usual rules for that or you might want to make up your own ones.


This is a similar game to Scrabble but you just get a banana shaped bag with a whole load of letters in.  Your child could just grab any number of letters and then make words from them.

Create Word Search from your spelling list.

This will have been done in many classrooms and many homes.  Simply create a grid for the letters. Allow your child to write the words into the grid, write them down underneath as well so that they know which words have been used and then fill in all the gaps with random letters.  If you have a photocopier at home you might want to take a copy of it. Then either you could have a go at solving it or another member of the family might want to have a go at solving it or put it to one side and the child can then have a go at solving it themselves on another day. If you’ve taken a few copies then perhaps it can be returned to at various times so these words can be revised at later dates.

Use nice materials to make the whole thing more interesting.

You can have stickers, nice coloured pens, stamps, coloured paper. and envelopes available for your child to use.

Put labels around your home

Fridge, cooker, my toys, books, painting, lego, my friends (a photo), Uncle David (another photo), cat, basket, bag, chair, table, knife, fork, spoon and so on.  Get your child to help you think of labels. Just do a few. You don’t have to do everything at once.

Put affirmations up

I am great at maths.  I like to smile. I am a good friend.  I love my dog. I clean my room. I clean my teeth twice a day.

I was brave when I went to the dentist  – uses 3 words children often find difficult.

Put other phrases up

Change them around

Include words that cause a problem.

If the word “went” needs working on maybe “Last year we went to the seaside.”

What – “What a lovely day it is today!”

When – “When we visit Grandma, she also makes a lovely dinner.”

Saw – “I saw an elephant at the zoo.”

Create mnemonics

Went – We eat nice toast

Because – Because elephants can always use some envelopes.

Spot words within words

When is my hen going to lay an egg?

What are you doing with my hat?

Where is my ball?  Here it is. And there is my bat.

Some activities I found on other websites

An outdoor grid

Draw a grid of letters on your drive/garden/the beach – anywhere you can find and your child can spell out words.

This is a super idea from the Deceptively Educational blog.  The post includes a suggested set of rules to make a game of it.

Spelling grid from

If you haven’t got any or much outdoor space then this blogger did something similar with tape indoors

Outdoor Crossword Puzzle

If you have plenty of space to draw outside with chalk then you might also like this idea.   It’s quite a bit of work though.

Dot stickers

Write out the letters of a word on stickers and then your child can work out the order of them

Letters on stickers from:



I hope you liked these ideas.  Let me know if you tried any of them out and how they worked.

I would love to hear any other ideas.  Please use the comments area below to tell me what you think.

Teach children how to write a narrative story

Teach children how to write a narrative story – KS1 and KS2

In this article I want to think about how to teach children to write a narrative story. I am more interested in the ways we can encourage children to write their own story that they are excited by than specific grammar issues which vary depending on the age of the child and what curriculum they are following.

(Disclosure – most of the links on this page other than the website recommendations go to Amazon UK and I get a small percentage from them which helps to pay towards to cost of maintaining my websites.)

5-7 year olds

At home I would be looking mainly to concentrate on talking and reading.

Spend time with your child and then talking about their experiences. If you go somewhere can they tell you in what order they did things? What was their favourite aspect of the trip?

Ask them to describe things to you. Get them to use their senses, ask them what something looks like, including colour, shape, whether it looks rough or smooth. Does it make a noise, either on its own or when it comes into contact with something else? Describe any sounds heard. What does it feel like? Does it have a smell? Is it pleasant?

Who did they come into contact with? Could they tell what work people did? What were the clues? What could they tell about people’s characters?

Make this a 2-way process. Give the children your thoughts on these subjects, in a natural chatty way.

When reading books with your child and discuss the story, the characters and the environments. Don’t just read the words but spend time looking at the pictures. What do they notice? Do the pictures tell the same story as the words or do they suggest something different.
Use pictures books such as Guess How much I Love You, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Five Minutes’ Peace, Funnybones, The Jolly Postman, Burglar Bill or Not Now, Bernard!

These have all stood the test of time and with good reason.

Owl Babies
Practise telling some stories orally. Ask your child to choose one of the books and tell the story using the pictures as prompts, asking further questions if needed. The questions don’t need to just be about the story, you could ask what they thought a character did at the weekend, what their favourite food might be, what they would like for Christmas or would your child like them as a friend, and why or why not.

Fantasy games – make up stories which your children about their favourite toys.

You can buy packs of themed animals eg ocean sea animals, jungle animals, or a pack of 24 mini-figures representing different professions or cut out some pictures from magazines or print out and cut out pictures from the internet to play with and make up stories with.

Give children nice (age-appropriate) stationary and somewhere to write. Be encouraging and take an interest in their ideas. Don’t be too critical at this stage (or at any time).

Schools often have role-play areas for writing, maybe a shop or the vets. Would your child benefit from something like this at home – even if it is only for an afternoon? Many of us will have had a post-office set of some description, here’s a fairy post-office for something more imaginative, and you could easily make your own up with different papers, envelopes, stamps and a window cut into card-board.

7-11 year olds

For the younger members of this group some of the ideas from the section above will work well, but they can make notes, write chapters etc.

The fantasy playing works very well, and the story telling can be a lot more sophisticated.

Get your child to practise dialogue with their toys before writing it. Mix and match the toys. A teddy bear could interview an astronaut. Inanimate objects could be given voices in Thomas the tank engine style.

Take photographs or short videos and use them as a stimulus to a short story. Use these to story-board the final story.

I like the opportunities offered by some of the story-telling platforms on the web.

StoryJumper uses a variety of props to create pages, scenes, characters and other objects which then gives the children plenty of material to write about in their online books.

This video will show you how to create a StoryJumper story.

This is free to use online. There is also an option to buy a hard copy of your book.

In the StoryJumper library, you can read or listen to stories that other people have created.

Storybird is similar to storybird in some ways but uses the work of artists to inspire the children so the books are beautiful and I suspect that there are plenty of adults having a go at writing a Storybird book. I know I did. Actually, it is worth doing this so you have some appreciation of how challenging the tasks we set our children are. Also, your children will love your book!

Here is a tutorial for Storybird:

and this tutorial concentrates on a long form book format:

Good readers make good writers.

It is useful to analyse books you read to learn lessons for when we want to write but we should all be able to just read for pleasure as well.

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Stick Man

The World’s Worst Children 3 by David Walliams,
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway (book 12),

Fantastically Great Women Who Made History,

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Joke Book
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2: 100 more stories of extraordinary women

Tom Gates: Biscuits, Bands and Very Big Plans

If you want more suggestions for books try these featured books from Amazon UK – but don’t feel you need to stick to the ages. (Some of them are in the wrong category anyway!)

Looking at picture books can lead to some great story writing for older children.

Books for 5 year olds

Books for 6 year olds

Books for 7 year olds

Books for 8 year olds

Books for 9 year olds

Books for 10 year olds

Books for 11 year olds


If you liked this please explore some of my other pages

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Pirate Costumes for Kids

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What do you think?

Have you got other suggestions?

Please put them and any other feedback in the comments below and enjoy working and playing with your child!