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2.10a Year 2: P - apostrophes to mark where letters are missing in spelling and to mark singular possession in nouns (contracted words)

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This Real Grammar resources pack provides everything that you need to successfully explore the use of apostrophes in contracted words with your pupils in Year 2 or to revisit this learning. Teaching slides, worksheets, games and an opportunity to apply the new learning in a writing task are all included to create a complete KS1 resource to teach how to use the apostrophe in contractions.

What is an apostrophe?

Apostrophes are a punctuation mark. They are used in two ways.

1. To show where letters are omitted (removed) in contracted words.

  • didn’t
  • can’t
  • I’ll

2. To show possession.

  • It is Mia’s cat. (The cat belongs to Mia.)
  • These are the children’s lunchboxes. (The lunchboxes belong to the children.)

What is a contracted word?

Contracted words, or contractions, are words that are created by putting two words together. Some letters are omitted in the contraction and are replaced with an apostrophe. The apostrophe indicates where the letters were when the two words were written in full.

contracted word
do not don’t
they are they’re
you will you’ll

What is included in this resource pack?

This pack is divided into five parts:


This section includes PowerPoint teaching slides and teaching notes with an optional script to introduce using the apostrophe in contracted words. It can also be used to revisit this aspect of grammar with pupils.


An independent activity for pupils to practise using what they have been taught, allowing teachers to assess understanding.


A series of short, 10-minute activities that can be used following the TEACH session to revisit and rehearse what has been taught. These may be short writing tasks, grammar games or editing/proofreading activities.


A short writing task where pupils can use the grammar skills taught in context to produce independent writing.


Five SATs style test questions, including cloze activities and multiple choice quiz questions, based on the grammar that has been taught.

Teachers can choose which section of the resource pack to use according to their pupils’ needs and could use the activities over a series of lessons or weeks

Teacher notes are provided to show how these quality resources could be used with pupils.

How is this resource pack differentiated?

The PRACTISE and REVISE sections include three activities differentiated for three levels of ability:

  • Worksheet 1 for pupils who may need support. Questions will have a lower cognitive domain (what is being asked of pupils) and/or vocabulary used may be simplified where possible.
  • Worksheet 2 for pupils working at age related expectations.
  • Worksheet 3 for pupils who may need an additional challenge and may be working at a greater depth in this area. Questions will have a higher cognitive domain with more challenging vocabulary.

SUPPORT and CHALLENGE ideas are also included in the teacher notes of each section where relevant, with ideas of how to support pupils working towards the expected standard or at greater depth in this area.

What pupil-facing resources are included?


    PPT slides; model text ‘My party’


    Practise 1, Practise 2 and Practise 3 worksheets


    Game 1 and game 2


    Planning sheet


    PPT slides; Revise 1, Revise 2 and Revise 3 worksheets

Answer sheets for all worksheets are provided, where appropriate.

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