This grammar Bingo game is a fun way to support pupils in Y4 in their understanding of Standard English forms for verb inflections, rather than local spoken forms.
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 Standard English?
Standard English can be recognised by the use of a very small range of forms such as those books, I did it, and I wasn’t doing anything (rather than their non-Standard equivalents); it is not limited to any particular accent. It is the variety of English which is used, with only minor variation, as a world language. Standard English is used in most writing and in formal speech.
Examples of Standard English
- ‘we were’, instead of ‘we was’
- ‘I did’ instead of ‘I done’.
What is a verb inflection?
Inflections are how verbs change when they are used. They may have different endings, or for some words, the spelling changes.
Examples of verb inflections
- played, player, plays playing
- blow, blows, blew, blown
- was, were
National Curriculum English programme of study links
Pupils should understand and use Standard English forms of verb inflections instead of local spoken forms (for example we were instead of we was or I did instead of I done)