In Year 4 we have been very busy learning how to use different sentences and are trying extremely hard to include these in our writing. Please find examples of each sentence below, to help you practice them at home!
Expanded noun phrase
An expanded noun phrase is where we include two adjectives, separated by a comma, before a noun; for example;
The venomous, vile witch
The ancient, overgrown forest
Show not tell
Instead of telling our reader how a character is feeling, we use show not tell phrases to show them; for example;
My lips quivered
My hands trembled
The hairs on the back of my neck stood up on end
An shiver tingled down my spine
My stomach was tied in knots
My head was spinning with questions
A wave of aprehension engulfed me
A fronted adverbial starts a sentence and tells us either when, how or where. We always follow a fronted adverbial with a comma; for example;
Swiftly, Jub hurried through the forest to collect the happy endings.
Unfortunately, The witch stole the happy endings from Jub.
In the dark, gloomy night sky, the moon cast eerie shadows on the ground.
To add more detail or information to our sentences we can add in a subordinate clause to our main clause. We always put a comma before and after a subordinate clause; for example;
The witch, who had eyes as black as coal, spat at Jub.
The witch, who had yellow and black stained teeth, snarled at jub.