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Year 2 Past Progressive Tense SPaG Worksheets

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This bright, appealing PDF grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using the past progressive tense in Year 2. It is divided into five sections: understand, challenge, test, explain and apply.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Rewrite words by adding ‘ing’, and choose the correct word to complete the sentences
  • Challenge
    Write a sentence for each of the past progressive verbs to show that the action was happening in the past
  • Test
    Tick the sentence that was written in the past progressive tense, then write one verb in the sentences given to complete them
  • Explain
    Write a sentence for each version of the past progressive verb walking, and explain how the word before the verb (was/were) changes the sentence you wrote
  • Apply
    Write a description in the past tense about the image provided

Activities include SATs-style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses, with eye-catching images as prompts on the past tense worksheets.

What is tense?

The tense shows when the action in a piece of writing is taking place.

  • The past tense is about things that have already happened.
  • The present tense is about things that are happening now.
  • The future tense is about things that are yet to happen.

What is past tense?

The simple past tense is about things that were finished before now. Examples include she worked, he wrote, the sun rose. Many simple past tense verbs add the suffix -ed to the basic verb (eg worked), but some don’t follow the -ed rule (eg wrote, rose).

The past progressive tense is about things that were happening in the past. Examples include: she was working, he was writing, the sun was rising.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Learn how to use the present and past tenses correctly and consistently including the progressive form

Use the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense

Evaluate and edit by ensuring the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing

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