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Year 6 Formal and Informal Language Bingo: Grammar games

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This grammar Bingo game is a fun way to support pupils in Y6 in their understanding of formal and informal vocabulary choices.

Pupils will match examples of formal and informal language while playing the game.

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 formal writing?

Formal writing is used in situations that are serious or involve people we don’t know well. Some spoken English can also be formal, such as a speech or a lecture.

What is informal writing?

Informal writing is used in relaxed situations with people we know well. It is common to use informal language when we speak.

Formal and informal writing examples

Formal

  • Scientists discovered a new species of insect.
  • The teacher requested that the pupils enter the classroom.

Informal

  • Scientists found a new species of insect.
  • The teacher asked the pupils to go into the classroom.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

  • Pupils should be taught to recognise vocabulary and structures that are appropriate for formal speech and writing
  • To know the difference between vocabulary typical of informal speech and vocabulary appropriate for formal speech and writing (for example, find out – discover; ask for –request; go in – enter)

  • Teacher notes
  • Bingo cards
  • Caller cards
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