Prepositions 1
The dog is in the kennel. Which word is the preposition in that sentence?

Prepositions 1

This Key Stage 1 quiz takes a look at Prepositions. This quiz introduces Year 2 students at KS1 to ‘in’ and ‘on’ as positions. The National Curriculum states that Year 3 pupils should know how to use prepositions correctly. This quiz is an introduction, for Year 2 pupils, to those words they will use most frequently. It will help their understanding of literacy and the English language.

A preposition is a word that tells us where something is - its position. We can say the cat is inside or on the cage. The prepositions here are ‘inside’ and ‘on’. Test your knowledge on prepositions.

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'The cat sat on the chair.' Which word is a preposition?
The word 'on' tells us the position of the cat.
We know a preposition tells us the position of two things, in relation to each other. In this sentence, which two things are we relating? 'The man jumped into the river.'
man and river
The and into
jumped and man
jumped and river
We are saying the man jumped into the river - so we are relating/explaining the relationship between the man and the river.
'The fish were caught in the net.' Which word is a preposition?
They are in the net and so, the place they are is 'inside' or 'in'.
Which two things are we relating in this sentence? 'She jumped on his back.'
She and jumped
She and back
jumped and on
jumped and back
We are linking the words 'she' and his back, so linking the person with the place.
Which word isn't a preposition?
The first three answers tell you the position of something.
Look at the picture, which sentence is correct?
The cars drove under the bridge.
The cars were by the bridge.
The cars drove above the bridge.
The cars were on the bridge.
The words 'under,' 'by' and 'above' are all prepositions, however, in these sentences they aren't quite right. The picture shows the cars on the bridge, not under it. They weren't by or beside the bridge as they were on it and they weren't above the bridge as this would suggest there is a gap between the bridge and the cars.
What is a preposition?
A country.
A word that tells us the position of something.
A doing word.
A word that describes something.
Prepositions can be: in, by, on, under, above, off, up and into.
'The crocodile went into the river.' Which word is a preposition?
The word 'into' is the preposition because that is the position he is going. A preposition tells you how one thing relates to the other, so how the crocodile relates to the river.
Look at the picture, which answer is correct?
The mouse lived in the hole.
The mouse lived on the hole.
The mouse lived under the hole.
The mouse lived up the hole.
If you use the preposition 'in' then it is inside something.
'We went on the swings.' Which word is the preposition?
You go on swings because you sit on top of them.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - What is a preposition?

Author:  Finola Waller

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