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This powerful KS2 grammar resources pack provides everything you need to teach a series of five lessons on apostrophes for possession, culminating in an extended writing task where children can use their grammatical understanding in context.

This primary resource pack includes:

  • PowerPoint
    With explanations, examples and activities to introduce this topic to your class
  • PDF noun cards
    These come in two sizes, A4 and smaller ones to cut out
  • Apostrophes for possession challenge sheet
    Circle the nouns in each sentence which are plural and add an apostrophe where it is needed; correct the punctuation in the sentences where necessary; rewrite the words listed in the possessive form, and place them in a complete sentence; and write a five-sentence story about the image provided, where one of your sentences must include a possessive apostrophe with a plural noun
  • Uplevelling sheet
    Rewrite the sentences to make them more interesting
  • Writing plan
    Includes an image and writing prompts to plan a short story
  • Teacher’s notes

What is an apostrophe?

Apostrophes have two completely different uses:

  • Apostrophes for contraction: Showing the place of missing letters (eg I’m for I am)
  • Apostrophes for possession: Marking possessives (eg Hannah’s mother)

Possessive apostrophe rules

The apostrophe is placed after the plural form of the word; -s is not added if the plural already ends in -s, but is added if the plural does not end in -s (ie is an irregular plural – eg children’s)

Possessive apostrophe examples

Singular possessive apostrophe

  • Megan’s book
  • Ravi’s bag
  • the girl’s hair
  • the child’s toy
  • the man’s smile

Plural possessive apostrophe

  • girls’ school
  • boys’ toilets
  • babies’ clothes
  • children’s games
  • men’s ties
  • mice’s tails

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Learning the possessive apostrophe (singular) [for example, the girl’s book]

Place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals [for example, girls’, boys’] and in words with irregular plurals [for example, children’s]

Indicating possession by using the possessive apostrophe with plural nouns

  • PowerPoint
  • Apostrophes for possession challenge worksheets
  • Noun cards
  • Writing planner
  • Uplevelling sentences worksheet
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