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Year 2 Contracted Words Bingo – KS1 Grammar Games

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This grammar Bingo game is a fun way to support pupils in Y2 to revisit using an apostrophe for contracted words. Pupils will match contractions to the words written in full and vice versa.

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:

  • Bingo caller cards
  • 10 bingo cards
  • Teacher’s notes

What is an apostrophe?

Apostrophes have two 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)

What is a contracted word?

A contracted word (or contraction) is a short word created by putting two words together and dropping one or more of the letters. These letters are replaced with an apostrophe, which shows where the letters would be if the words were written in full. They are used in informal writing or direct speech.

Examples of contracted words:

  • don’t (do not)
  • didn’t (did not)
  • isn’t (is not)
  • mustn’t (must not)
  • they’re (they are)
  • I’ll (I will)

National Curriculum English programme of study links

  • Pupils should be taught to spell by learning to spell more words with contracted forms.

  • Teacher notes
  • Bingo cards
  • Caller cards
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