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This bright, appealing PDF grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using the past tense 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.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Rewrite these sentences in the past tense, and complete past tense sentences by filling in the missing words
  • Challenge
    Write a sentence in the past tense about each picture
  • Test
    Circle the words in the example sentences that show they are in the past tense, tick the sentence which shows what the teacher did in the past, and circle one word in each of the next set of sentence that needs to be changed for it to be in the past tense
  • Explain
    Explain in your own words why we need to have a past tense, and try to list 12 past tense words
  • Apply
    What did you do before you came to school today? Write a recount of your morning.

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 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.

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 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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