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Plural and Possessive ‘s’ Year 4 Apostrophe SPaG Worksheets

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This bright, appealing PDF grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using a plural or possessive ‘s’ in Y4.

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
    Tick the boxes to show which sentences use the ‘s’ for possession and which ones use it for plurals
  • Challenge
    Fill in each row in the ‘single’/‘plural’/‘possessive’ table. The first one has been done for you. Then complete your own table
  • Test
    Rewrite these sentences, changing the bold word to a plural, then circle the word in bold which best completes each sentence
  • Explain
    Using your own words, explain when you would add an ‘s’ for possession and when you would add one for a plural
  • Apply
    “All of a sudden, I heard a crash upstairs!” Continue this story, using as many words listed as you can

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

  • 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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