Y6 Grammar, relative clauses

Follow this link to the Bitesize page on relative clauses.

We have talked about this a lot so use this time to revise how to shape a sentence with a relative clause in and then try and use some in this week's writing challenge.

For year 6, I suggest in the writing challenge you choose one of the people in the photograph of the VE Day street party at the top and imagine the day from their point of view. When we speak, we don't tend to use relative clauses in the same way so it might be easier to use the narrative voice of the 3rd person so that you can practise. (Joan could hear the buzz of excitement out on the street from her kitchen (3rd person) rather than, I could hear the buzz of excitement from the street from my kitchen (1st person).

Remember, a relative clause gives you some extra information about the noun.

It could be embedded in the middle within commas:

The bunting, which fluttered in the breeze, added so much colour to the street that Joan couldn't help but smile.

or brackets:

Mr Jameson from number 37 (who never normally smiles) was grinning from ear to ear at the sight of everyone sitting together around the tables.

or dashes:

The fairy cakes - with red, white and blue icing - sat temptingly right in front of him.

This extra information doesn't have to be in the middle of a sentence, although they are easier to spot when they are. Look for the group of words that give you more information about the noun.

Stretching down the middle the road, the tables looked colourful and inviting.

(Telling us more about the tables)

Try the Bitesize exercises and then have a go at using them in your own writing.


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