This Real Grammar resources pack provides everything that you need to successfully explore the use of apostrophes in contracted words and to show singular possession 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 apostrophes correctly. Pupils should have already learnt about how apostrophes are used in contractions and to show possession (Real Grammar packs are available for each objective separately), with this resource pack revisiting how both are used.
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.
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?
A contracted word, or contraction, is a word that is 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.
do not don’t
they are they’re
you will you’ll
What is meant by singular possession?
Singular possession is when an apostrophe is used to show when something belongs to one person.
This is an example of singular possession as the cat is owned by one person (Mia).
What is plural possession?
Plural possession is when an apostrophe is used to show when something belongs to more than one person.
- These are the children’s lunchboxes.
- Park in the visitors’ parking space.
These are examples of plural possession as more than one person owns something (lunchboxes and parking spaces).
Plural possession is taught in Year 4.
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 how to use apostrophes for contracted words and to mark singular possession. 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?
Answer sheets for all worksheets are provided, where appropriate.