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Year 1 and 2 Verb Tenses SATs Grammar Recap Worksheets Pack

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Our KS1 SATs Grammar Recap packs are the perfect way to check children’s knowledge and understanding of the programme of study for English in Years 1 and 2.

Each pack focuses on key topics, and includes a concise recap of teaching points (NB this is not designed to replace first teaching), followed by a chance for children to show their understanding, and finally, a selection of questions in the range of formats pupils might expect to see in their SATs assessment.

A PowerPoint version of the pack is included, so it can be worked through in groups, or as a whole class.

This primary resource pack includes:

  • Tenses key points
    With explanations and examples of the different kinds of tenses
  • Tenses worksheet
    With various questions and writing opportunities on various tenses
  • Tenses worksheet answers

What is tense?

The tense shows when the action in a piece of writing is taking place.

  • The past tense is about things that have already happened.
  • The present tense is about things that are happening now.
  • The future tense is about things that are yet to happen.

What is verb tense?

The tense is shown by the verbs, and the form of the verb will depend on the tense.

What is present tense?

The simple present tense can also show things that usually happen or are generally true. Examples of the simple present tense include she works, he writes, the sun rises.

The present progressive tense is about things that are still going on now. Examples of the present progressive tense include she is working, he is writing, the sun is rising.

The present perfect tense is used to show when something has happened but is still relevant now, or, when something started happening in the past and is still happening now. It is formed by using the simple present tense of have (have/has) + a past tense verb. Examples of the present perfect tense include she has worked, he has written, the sun has risen.

What is past tense?

The simple past tense is about things that were finished before now. Examples include she worked, he wrote, the sun rose. Many simple past tense verbs add the suffix -ed to the basic verb (eg worked), but some don’t follow the -ed rule (eg wrote, rose).

The past progressive tense is about things that were happening in the past. Examples include: she was working, he was writing, the sun was rising.

The past perfect tense is used to show when something happened before something else in the past, or, when something started happening in the past and was still happening at a later time. It is formed by using the simple past tense of have (had) + a past tense verb. Examples of the past perfect tense include she had worked, he had written, the sun had risen.

What is future tense?

Future tense shows an action that has not yet happened or a state that does not yet exist. Examples include she will work, he will write, the sun will rise

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Learn how to use the present and past tenses correctly and consistently including the progressive form

Use the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense

Evaluate and edit by ensuring the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing

  • worksheets
  • answer sheets
  • PowerPoint
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