This bright, appealing grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using a possessive ‘s’ in Year 4. 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:
Add apostrophes to each of these sentences to show that the subjects are singular, then do the same for the next set to show they are plural
Can you place each of these words into sentences?
Tick the box to show if the word in bold is singular or plural, then rewrite the sentences in the possessive form
Using your own words, explain when to use an apostrophe before an ‘s’, and give examples
Imagine that you are at the market scene in the image provided. What can you see, hear, smell, touch or taste? What might be in the next street? Write a passage about this scene, include at least five possessive apostrophes to show you know how to use them
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