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This bright, appealing grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using apostrophes for possession and contraction in Year 2. It is divided into five sections: understand, challenge, test, explain and apply.

Activities include SATs-style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses, with eye-catching images as prompts.

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

Read words with contractions [for example, I’m, I’ll, we’ll], and understand that the apostrophe represents the omitted letter(s)

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

  • Worksheets featuring five sections: understand challenge test explain and apply. Activities include SATs style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses with eye-catching images as prompts
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