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KS2 Grammar Game - Loop Cards - Irregular Verbs

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Looking for a fun and engaging grammar game to teach or revisit irregular verb tenses with pupils in KS2?

This pack contains a loop card game that is perfect for a whole class or small groups to develop their understanding of irregular past tense verbs. This simple game asks pupils to find the simple past tense verb of words that do not follow the ‘add -ed’ rule, with each card having an answer and a new question. There are 32 cards, allowing the game to be played by the whole class as a starter activity to revisit previous learning; or groups could create the loop as part of a main teaching activity on contracted words.

Once the resource is created, it can be used time and time again to revisit this area of learning as part of whole class teaching or an intervention for pupils who may need further support.

What are irregular verbs?

Irregular verbs do not follow the same spelling patterns as regular verbs. Most irregular verbs are only irregular in the past tense.

  • I will teach spelling.
  • Mr Gill teaches spelling.
  • Mr Gill is teaching spelling.
  • Mr Gill taught spelling.

Some irregular verbs have two forms when writing using the past tense.

  • Please take a book.
  • She takes a book.
  • She is taking a book.
  • She took a book.
  • She has taken a book.

The verb ‘be’

The verb ‘be’ is a common irregular verb.

Present tense: be, being, is, am, are

  • I will be walking to school.
  • I am walking to school.
  • She is walking to school.
  • They are walking to school.

Past tense: was, were, been

  • I was walking to school.
  • We were walking to school.
  • They had been walking to school.

National Curriculum programme of study links

Year 2

  • Pupils should be taught to learn how to use the present and past tenses correctly and consistently ...

  • 32 loop cards
  • 32 inksaver loop cards
  • Answers
  • Teacher notes
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