If you are a parent of a child in primary school, you will probably be becoming aware of the increased focus on grammar and punctuation contained in the new National Curriculum. Your child’s school may have provided information about the new English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests which Year 2 and Year 6 children will be taking next summer. Depending upon when and where you went to school, you may find the information coming from school (and the terminology being used by your child) challenging.

Whether you are bewildered by the terminology used or just want to know a little more to support your child, I hope you will find this blog useful. You can click on the Parent’s Start Page to link to information about different areas of grammar and punctuation. Alternatively, enter a term in the search bar or click on a word in the cloud of labels. If you have further queries, get in touch and I will try to help where I can. You can also follow me on Twitter @grammarpuss13.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Past and present tense: sorting and matching games

The table below can be enlarged, printed and cut up for two different activities.  The present tense cards use some present tense third person singular verbs.  The second half of the table includes a mix of irregular verbs, where the past tenses are not formed by adding –ed.

Sorting game (separate cards into past and present.)
Use the past and present cards as headings.  Shuffle the verb cards and put them in a pile.  As each card is turned over, players should decide which heading to place them under and create an oral sentence.  Don't let children forget the full stop.  They can say it or use an action to signal they are putting it at the end of their sentence.

Matching game (find pairs of past and present tenses)
Shuffle the verb cards and lay them out, face down, on the table (if you feel there are too many cards, remove some of the pairs).  Turn a card over, then turn a second card over.  If they match as a past and present tense of the same verb, the player picks them up.  (An extension would be to ask the children to create a sentence using one of the verbs.)  If they do not match, turn them face down again.  The players should try to remember the positions of the cards and collect as many pairs as they can.  When a pair is collected, ask the player which is the past tense and which is the present.  

This game can be played by one player, with adult encouragement, or against the clock.  Alternatively more than one player can play, changing turns each time someone fails to find a match.


present
past
try
tried
cries
cried
sketch
sketched
walk
walked
talks
talked
knock
knocked
skips
skipped
change
changed
hope
hoped
push
pushed
drop
dropped
have
had
do
did
see
saw
goes
went
is
was
are
were
writes
wrote
say
said
know
knew

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