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Year 3 Present Perfect and Simple Past Make a Match - KS2 Grammar Game

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This ‘Make a Match’ game is a fun way for pupils in year 3 to explore the present perfect tense and the simple past tense and how they affect how information is presented. Pupils will sort the cards to show information in the different tenses and can then match sentences that contain the same information.

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.

What is the simple past tense?
The simple past tense is used when writing about things that have happened in the past. Most verbs have the suffix -ed added to them to form the past tense. Some past tense verbs are irregular and don’t follow this rule, for example teach and taught, go and went.

What is the present perfect tense?
The present perfect tense is used to show that things happened in the past but are still happening, or are still relevant and important now. The present perfect tense uses the words has / have + the past tense verb, for example ‘She has walked to school’.

This resource pack includes:

  • heading cards
  • 12 simple past tense sentence cards
  • 12 present perfect tense sentence cards
  • Teacher notes

National Curriculum English programme of study links
Pupils should be taught to use the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense

  • heading cards
  • 12 simple past tense sentence cards
  • 12 present perfect tense sentence cards
  • Teacher notes
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