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How to teach the progressive forms of verbs (Year 2)

Unit 2


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The progressive form (sometimes called the continuous form of verb) is used to describe events in progress, and to help pupils understand this we must first make sure they are confident with the terms ‘verbs’ (doing, being and having words) and ‘tense’. Rachel highlights how ‘being’ verbs are particularly important when finding the progressive form, and that these can be main or auxiliary verbs. We also revise tense, which helps us when it comes to looking at the structure of a progressive form sentence - where being verbs are combined with doing verbs to show that an action is or was ongoing. Going further, the unit examines the different between the present and past progressive. We end with a couple of exercises in which we need to change sentences written in the present progressive to the past progressive.

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Rachel Clarke

Directory of the Primary English literacy consultancy, Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in primary education, in which time she has been a SENCO, English subject lead and deputy headteacher. She previously worked as an English consultant for Coventry Local Authority and has written for publishers including Collins and Teach Primary magazine.

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Whether you’re looking to teach joining words with ‘and’ in Year 1, or you need your Year 6s to recognise the subjunctive form, this series of grammar videos from Rachel Clarke will arm you with some excellent strategies.

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