Loading please wait

The smart way to improve grades

Comprehensive & curriculum aligned

Try an activity or get started for free

Improve Writing with Noun Phrases

In this worksheet, students will identify and use expanded noun phrases to add detail to writing.

'Improve Writing with Noun Phrases' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Assess Grammar and Vocabulary

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

As you know, nouns are naming words.  Some examples are bread, Lucy, car, Spain, happiness.


Noun phrases are groups of words that do the same job as nouns:

brown bread

my friend Lucy

red car

the country called Spain

a feeling of great happiness


girl smiling


Noun phrases can be expanded in lots of ways to add detail and interest to a piece of writing.


We can create expanded noun phrases by adding adjectives to the original noun, like this:

a bear

a brown bear

a hungry brown bear


We can also add a preposition phrase to expand it further, like this:

a hungry brown bear on the hunt for prey


brown bear


This expanded noun phrase can be used in exactly the same way as a simple noun in a sentence.  Let's look at how:


At dusk, a bear prowled through the woods.

At dusk, a hungry brown bear on the hunt for prey prowled through the woods.


Are you ready to identify some expanded noun phrases?  Let's get started!

What is EdPlace?

We're your National Curriculum aligned online education content provider helping each child succeed in English, maths and science from year 1 to GCSE. With an EdPlace account you’ll be able to track and measure progress, helping each child achieve their best. We build confidence and attainment by personalising each child’s learning at a level that suits them.

Get started

Try an activity or get started for free

  • National Tutoring Awards 2023 Shortlisted / Parents
    National Tutoring Awards 2023 Shortlisted
  • Private-Tutoring-WINNER-EducationInvestor-Awards / Parents
    Winner - Private Tutoring
  • Bett Awards Finalist / Parents
  • Winner - Best for Home Learning / Parents
    Winner - Best for Home Learning / Parents