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Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Silly Sentences 

Can you make up some silly sentences using the Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words? Ask a sibling or adult to choose 2 words from the list for you or shut your eyes and put your finger on the list to choose 2 unknown words. Now try to use both words in a sentence. Make it as silly as you can. Now write the sentence, spelling the Common Exception Words correctly. Can you spell them right without peeking at them? Send us your sentences through the Blogging Tab! :) 

Suffixes

We have been learning how to use the suffixes 'ly' and 'ful' in school. Remember, a suffix goes onto the end of a root word, making sure the root word is spelled correctly first. In the document below, there's three worksheets. If you see Miss Apsey for Literacy, choose the first or second sheet and move onto the third if you are up for a challenge. If you see Miss Salter for Literacy, choose the third sheet and then use those words in sentences. 

Apostrophe for possession 

Can you remember what an apostrophe is? It's one of these ' 

Sometimes it can be tricky to know when to use an apostrophe. One of the times an apostrophe is used is when something belongs to someone.

For example, this is Miss Apsey's pen.

Can you see the apostrophe before the s? That's because the pen belongs to Miss Apsey. This is something we have learnt about in school but always needs recapping. smiley

Apostrophe for Contractions

Another reason we use an apostrophe is when we join two words together to make one word when using a contraction. The apostrophe replaces the missing letter. 

For example, I did not eat me dinner/I didn't eat my dinner.

Can you see where the apostrophe is? If you look carefully you will see that it is replacing the letter o. 

Coordinating Conjunctions

When we are writing, it becomes a bit boring if all of the sentences are the same length. If all of the sentences are short, it sounds like a robot has written it! To make our sentences longer, we can use conjunctions. These are words that you use to join two sentences (or clauses) together. 

For example, you could write: I like baking. I like running. Or you could write: I like baking and running.

This is easier to write and read because the word and has been added in. Below is a worksheet to complete. Afterwards, you could write your own sentences using the coordinating conjunctions. REMEMBER not to use and too many times in a sentence...because this gets a little boring too!

Subordinate Conjunctions 

Subordinating conjunctions are also words that make our sentences longer. When we use a subordinate conjunction, part of our sentence will make sense on its own and part of it will not. The subordinating conjunctions are in bold and join the two clauses. I wonder if you can work out which parts make sense on their own from the following: 

Miss Apsey loves swimming because it makes her feel refreshed. 

When Miss Salter bakes cakes, she always cleans up after. 

If it is sunny, Mrs Bramley will do the gardening. 

Did you work out the parts that made sense? Some parts don't make sense on their own because there isn't enough information about it. For example, it makes her feel refreshed. This doesn't make sense because what makes who feel refreshed? We don't know enough. 

Have a look at the worksheets below.

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