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Year 2 Contracted words – KS1 Apostrophes for Contraction SPaG Challenge Mat

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This bright, appealing grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using contractions in Y2.

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:

  • Understand
    Underline the contracted words in the sentences, and rewrite the words listed in their contracted form.
  • Challenge
    Rewrite the sentences with contracted words.
  • Test
    Look at the underlined words. Which word could we use to replace them? Then, match the words to the contracted words with apostrophes.
  • Explain
    In your own words, explain why the apostrophe is used in contracted words. How do we know where to put it?
  • Apply
    Contracted words are often used when writing letters or postcards to friends. Imagine you have visited a zoo. Write a postcard to a friend about your trip.

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.

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