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6.9b Year 6: T - linking ideas across paragraphs using a wider range of cohesive devices: repetition of a word or phrase, gramatical connections, and ellipsis (ellipsis)

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Real Grammar
  • Covers every objective for years 1-6
  • Five-step sequence ensures deep understanding
  • Includes asssessment and revision tools

This Real Grammar KS2 resources pack provides everything that you need to teach how an ellipsis can be used when writing. Pupils will explore a variety of examples, learning when an ellipsis could be used and its effect on the reader. Teaching slides, worksheets, games and an opportunity to apply the new learning in a writing task are all included to explore the use of ellipses with pupils in Year 6 or to revisit this area of learning.

What is an ellipsis?

An ellipsis is three dots ...

The plural of ellipsis is ellipses.

When is an ellipsis used?

It is used to show that a word has been missed out or that a sentence is not finished.

The ellipsis shows where a word or words has/have been missed out or removed.

  • The dogs barked… postman’s arrived. (the word ‘the’ has been removed and replaced with an ellipsis)

In stories, an ellipsis can be used to show when a character’s thoughts trail off.

  • “Well, I thought…” he said.

They can also be used to create suspense, creating a pause at the end of a sentence.

  • The world was finally safe, until the next time…

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 ellipsis. 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 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 ‘Under the bed…’


    Practise 1, Practise 2 and Practise 3 worksheets


    Game 1, game 2


    Planning sheet, story idea cards


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

Answer sheets for all worksheets are provided, where appropriate.

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