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Y5/6 Grammar Game - Loop Cards - Antonyms

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Looking for a grammar game to teach or revisit antonyms in UKS2?

This pack contains a set of loop cards that is perfect for a whole class or small groups to develop vocabulary choices by exploring antonyms and how they show contrast. This simple game asks pupils to find words that are antonyms to create a loop, 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 synonyms.

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 is an antonym?

Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings. The words quick and slow are antonyms for each other.

Why do we use antonyms?

Using antonyms helps to develop children’s vocabulary in spoken and written language and can be used to show contrast.

Examples of antonyms include the following:

  • big – small
  • quick – slow
  • old – young

National Curriculum programme of study links

Year 6 English Appendix 2

  • How words are related by meaning as synonyms and antonyms

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