Connectives represents the logical connection between two sentences, and they are crucial for understanding basic meaning of English.
Children in KS2 are expected to use them in sentences or paragraphs, and by Year 6 children will need to have good sense of them, why and how to use them, and be prepared for the KS2 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test.
The final goal is for the children to be able to separate connectives into conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs.
To make your life easier when teaching connectives, here’s a list of tips and activities that you can do in your class to help pupils better understand this idea of connection between sentences.
1. Students List Connectives
You can ask children to write down all the words that they think are connectives. Circle the correct ones, and explain the wrong ones. This way they can build up their own collection of words, and it will reinforce their memories.
2. Teacher List of Connectives.
Let children choose one from the list and come up with a sentence that includes it. It’s an engaging activity, and try to encourage pupils to make the sentence as funny as possible.
3. Connective Challenge
Have a “Connective Challenge Day” and ask children to include connectives in their speech and writing during the entire day.
Be sure to monitor the process because we don’t want them to make the same mistake again and again which might eventually lead to memorising the wrong word.
4. Online Connective Apps
Try using some grammar apps. Apps like Grammar with Emile can easily get the attention of the most active child in class, and make them love practising and competing at what they’ve learned.
The Apps also offer the opportunity to test hundreds of examples with instant feedback (without any marking for the teacher involved).