Making Sentences More Interesting - Using Nouns, Verbs, Adjective and Adverbs Worksheet

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How to make sentences more interesting.

KS2 children often don't know how to make their sentences interesting. They can write simple sentences, but writing a compound sentence or complex sentence can be difficult. Year 5 and year 6 Primary School children are expected to write sentences of varying length that uses a variety of words chosen for interest.

Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences

Children should use a variety of sentences in their fiction and non-fiction writing. This adds interest to their writing and makes the audience want to continue reading. Short sentences can be extended and made longer by using a variety of coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions. Conjunctions which can be used to extend sentences include: and, but, because, however, therefore, furthermore, on the other hand, consequently ...

Noun Phrases, Verbs and Adverbs

Another way to make sentences more interesting is by using noun phrases, verbs and adverbs to add description. This will help the reader create a picture in their mind and aid the imagination. Children need to choose words for effect and use a wide range of vocabulary.

What Are Noun Phrases, Verbs and Adverbs?

Noun Phrases:

  • Noun: A noun is a word that represents a person, place, thing, or idea. Examples include "cat," "school," "love," or "John."
  • Phrase: A group of words that function as a single unit within a sentence. In a noun phrase, a noun is the main word, and it may be accompanied by other words that modify or describe it. For example, in the phrase "the big red ball," "ball" is the noun, and "the big red" together describes or modifies it.

A noun phrase is a group of words centred around a noun, often with modifiers, that acts as a single unit in a sentence.


  • A verb is a word that expresses an action, occurrence, or state of being. Verbs are the "action" or "doing" words in a sentence. Examples include "run," "eat," "sleep," or "is."
  • Verbs are essential for constructing sentences and conveying actions or states of being. In the sentence "She dances gracefully," "dances" is the verb expressing the action.


  • An adverb is a word that modifies or describes a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. Adverbs often answer questions like "how," "when," "where," or "to what extent."
  • Examples of adverbs include "quickly," "always," "here," or "very." In the sentence "She sings beautifully," "beautifully" is the adverb modifying the verb "sings" and describing how the action is performed.


  • Noun phrases are groups of words centred around a noun.
  • Verbs are action or state-of-being words.
  • Adverbs modify or describe verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.

Teach My Kids Tip to Make Writing More Interesting

Children can start by re-reading what they have written. They can then identify any nouns used and try and add an adjective in front of it to describe it. If a verb (doing) word is used in the sentence, children can try and include and adverb to describe how the action is being done.

Developing A Child's Vocabulary

Using a thesaurus is an excellent way of helping children find new words to use. Many children will keep using words they are familiar with and are easy to spell e.g. big. A thesaurus will help to introduce new words such as enormous, gigantic, immense etc.

Reading every day and reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts regularly will also help children come across new words and increase their vocabulary.

With this in mind, Teach My Kids has produced a homework worksheet that will help children with their English sentence structure.

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Teach My Kids - Activities for Children: In this KS2 sentence worksheet, children will turn simple sentences into interesting ones by adding nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Can you make the sentences longer?

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