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Y6 Formal and Informal Language Make a Match - KS2 Grammar Games

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This ‘Make a Match’ game is a fun way for pupils in Y6 to match formal and informal words and phrases.

The game can be played as a class or in small groups and is perfect for adult led interventions to revisit key knowledge and skills.

This resource pack includes:

  • 40 Make a Match word/phrase cards
  • 2 Make a Match heading cards

What is formal writing?
Formal writing is used in situations that are serious or involve people we don’t know well. Some spoken English can also be formal, such as a speech or a lecture.

What is informal writing?
Informal writing is used in relaxed situations with people we know well. It is common to use informal language when we speak.

Formal and informal writing examples

Scientists discovered a new species of insect.
The teacher requested that the pupils enter the classroom.

Scientists found a new species of insect.
The teacher asked the pupils to go into the classroom.

National Curriculum English programme of study links
Pupils should be taught to recognise vocabulary and structures that are appropriate for formal speech and writing
To know the difference between vocabulary typical of informal speech and vocabulary appropriate for formal speech and writing (for example, find out - discover; ask for - request; go in - enter)

  • Teacher notes
  • Sentence cards
  • Heading cards
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