Natural Comparison

Turn an ordinary grammar lesson into an outdoor treasure hunt

Years: 2, 3, 4

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 5

Subject: English

Resource Overview

Grammar is brought alive through the use of competitive games. Designed to be taught in an outdoor space the children can run free whilst consolidating their understanding of comparative language. Focusing specifically on comparative and superlative adjectives and the use of the suffixes -est - er.

Resource Assets


Natural Comparison lesson plan

Easily adapted for time constraints or ability, this brings an element of fun and competition into exploring grammatical rules.


Natural Comparison - game

A quick challenge designed to get the children learning the language without even realising it!


Natural Comparison - the challenge

For use in the main body of the lesson: the language is easily adapted for different levels of ability, for the natural area available and for the seasons.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 2
    • Add suffixes to spell longer words, including –ment, –ness, –ful, –less, –ly
    • Apply spelling rules and guidance, as listed in English Appendix 1
    • Read words containing common suffixes
  • Year 3 and 4 (Age 7-9)
    • Apply growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words they meet.
    • Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them.