If you are a parent of a child in primary school, you will probably be becoming aware of the increased focus on grammar and punctuation contained in the new National Curriculum. Your child’s school may have provided information about the new English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests which Year 2 and Year 6 children will be taking next summer. Depending upon when and where you went to school, you may find the information coming from school (and the terminology being used by your child) challenging.

Whether you are bewildered by the terminology used or just want to know a little more to support your child, I hope you will find this blog useful. You can click on the Parent’s Start Page to link to information about different areas of grammar and punctuation. Alternatively, enter a term in the search bar or click on a word in the cloud of labels. If you have further queries, get in touch and I will try to help where I can. You can also follow me on Twitter @grammarpuss13.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Happy Families: present and past progressive verbs

The object of the game is to collect as many families of progressive verbs as possible (groups of 5 cards that belong together because they have the same –ing verb).

You can enlarge and print the cards and cut them into sets.  If you want to add pictures to make the cards more appealing, use clipart before you enlarge them, but make sure all cards are the same size when cut so they can be shuffled and dealt easily.

  • Deal all the cards so that each player gets an equal number of cards.
  • The dealer starts by asking another player for a card needed to complete a family. If the other player has the card he must give it to the player asking.
  • The player continues asking for cards until someone does not have a card to hand over. When that happens, the player who was asked for his card takes his turn to request cards.
  • The new player can retake the cards taken in the previous round.
  • When a player successfully collects a family, he must put the 5 cards on the table in front of him. The player who collects the most sets is the winner.  When laying the cards on the table, encourage your children to choose one of the pronouns and say a full sentence for their set, e.g. 'We were feeling happy.'

Using the template cards, children could make their own card games, with verbs and pictures selected to reflect their interests.

I
am feeling
happy.


present progressive
He/she/it
is feeling
happy.


present progressive
You/we/they
are feeling
happy.


present progressive
I/he/she/it
was feeling
happy.


past progressive
You/we/they
were feeling
happy.


past
progressive

I
am going
to the shops.

present progressive
He/she/it
is going
to the shops.

present progressive
You/we/they
are going
to the shops.


present progressive
I/he/she/it
was going
to the shops.

past progressive
You/we/they
were going
to the shops.


past
progressive

I
am skating
on ice.
  

present progressive
He/she/it
is skating
on ice.


present progressive
You/we/they
are skating
on ice.


present progressive
I/he/she/it
was skating
on ice.


past progressive
You/we/they
were skating
on ice.


past
progressive

I
am driving
the bright red tractor.

present progressive
He/she/it
is driving
the bright red tractor.

present progressive
You/we/they
are driving
the bright red tractor.

present progressive
I/he/she/it
was driving
the bright red tractor.

past progressive
You/we/they
were driving
the bright red tractor.

past
progressive

I
am reading
a book.


present progressive
He/she/it
is reading
a book.


present progressive
You/we/they
are reading
a book.


present progressive
I/he/she/it
was reading
a book.


past progressive
You/we/they
were reading
a book.


present progressive

I
am eating
cake.


present progressive
He/she/it
is eating
cake.


present progressive
You/we/they
are eating
cake.


present progressive
I/he/she/it
was eating
cake.


past progressive
You/we/they
were eating
cake.


past
progressive

I
am sleeping.


present progressive
He/she/it
is
sleeping.


present progressive
You/we/they
are
sleeping.


present progressive
I/he/she/it
was sleeping.


past progressive
 You/we/they
were sleeping.


present progressive

 I
am smiling.



present progressive
 He/she/it
is smiling.



present progressive
You/we/they
are smiling.



present progressive
I/he/she/it
was smiling.



past progressive
 You/we/they
were smiling.



past
progressive

I
am singing
in the choir.


present progressive
He/she/it
is singing
in the choir.


present
progressive
You/we/they
are singing
in the choir.


present progressive
I/he/she/it
was singing
in the choir.


past progressive
You/we/they
were singing
in the choir.


past
progressive

I
am playing
football


present progressive
He/she/it
is playing
football.


present progressive
You/we/they
are playing
football.


present progressive
I/he/she/it
was playing
football.


past progressive
You/we/they
were playing
football.


past
progressive

I
am swimming
in the pool.

present progressive
He/she/it
is
swimming
in the pool.

present progressive
You/we/they
are swimming
in the pool.


present progressive
I/he/she/it
was swimming
in the pool.

past progressive
You/we/they
were swimming
in the pool.

past
progressive

2 comments:

  1. Surely when 'was' is used it must be past progressive and not present progressive as shown on the above cards??

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  2. You are quite right and I have corrected this error, along with another one that I noticed this morning. I was a little too trigger happy with my copying and pasting yesterday! Thank you for pointing this out and do let me know if you come across any other incorrect points. Nobody is infallible!

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