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Term 2a (Jan/Feb)

P5 Literacy – Term 2a Jan/Feb


Here you will find the topics we have been doing in class and some websites which will help practise these skills at home. Also remember to log-in to Studyladder, where you will also find PODS linked to our focused topics in Literacy for Term 2a.



We will be looking at verbs this half term. Verbs are doing/action words which tell you what the person/object is doing in the sentence. Verbs can also tell you if the sentence is happening in the present, past or in the future and we will be thinking about verb spelling rules. Start by trying to recognise verbs in sentences.  





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Adding –ed and –ing to verbs


We will also be looking at adding –ed and –ing to verbs and the spelling rules associated with this.


Some verbs just add – ed/-ing:

E.g.   jump – jumped – jumping,

walk – walked – walking,

rush – rushed – rushing


Some verbs end with ‘e’ so you ‘drop the e’, before adding –ed/-ing:

E.g. dance – danced – dancing, care – cared- caring, live – lived, living


Some verbs need you to double the last letter before adding –ed/-ing. If the verb pattern ends in CVC pattern, this is a good clue that you need to double the letter:

E.g. – slip – slipped – slipping, pat – patted – patting, hop – hopped – hopping


If a verb ends in y – you just add the –ing with no change.

E.g. worry – worrying, play –playing, carry – carrying


However, when adding the –ed ending there are two very important rules for you to remember:


If the verb ends with a vowel + y – you just add –ed:

E.g. play – played,  pray – prayed, stay – stayed


If the verb ends with a consonant + y, you change the y to and i, before adding –ed:

E.g. hurry – hurried, carry – carried, tidy – tided


There are a few videos below which go through these spelling rules for you and then maybe you’d like to play the following games to practise.

https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/games-12952.htm - there are 3 free games you can play.


https://reviewgamezone.com/games4/paperbird.php?test_id=5562&title=Adding Ed And Ing

Spelling Rules: Adding 'ed' and 'ing'

Spelling RulesDouble the final letter when a verb ends with a short vowel followed by a consonant.Download the PowerPoint File Here:https://drive.google.com/...

Spelling Rule Song: Drop the 'e' add '-ing'

If a word ends in a silent 'e'Drop the 'e' and add the suffix '-ing'A spelling rule song about adding the suffix '-ing'

Change "y" to "i" Past tense verbs

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English Grammar For Beginners - Regular Verbs In Past Simple Tense

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Irregular Past Tense Verbs

We can make verbs past tense by adding –ed, however some words change completely when we make them past tense:


 go – went          break –broke           buy – bought 


There is no easy spelling rule to follow for these, but you need to do a lot of work on knowing them and building up your vocabulary to know them. Have a look at the following videos and play some of the games below to practise and revise irregular past tense verbs.









Nessy Writing Strategy | Irregular Verbs | Learn to Write

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64 Irregular Past Tense Verbs in English!

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Irregular Verbs | Learn All Irregular Verbs in One Song

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This half-term, we’re going to look at another part of speech which can be used in sentences.

We’re going to think about adverbs. Adverbs tell us how, when or where something happens and we can think of them as ‘adding more information to the verb’.





A lot of adverbs in sentences end in –ly, e.g. quickly, slowly, carefully, however we do have some adverbs which don’t end in –ly, e.g. never, yesterday or soon.

We’re going to focus on the –ly adverbs and the different spelling rules, so focus carefully on your spelling today please. Watch the two videos below which will help you with the spelling rules.

You could maybe play the following game to help too and choose single player.


Adverb Spelling Rule Lesson: Drop The 'y' Add 'ily' #spellingrules #adverbs

To turn an adjective that ends in the letter 'y' into an adverb, change the 'y' into an 'i' and add the suffix 'ly'For Example:Happy = HappilyAngry = Angrily...

Irregular Adverb Spelling Rules

This video will teach you the special spelling rules for changing adjectives into adverbs.Regular adverbs are created by just adding '-ly' to an adjective.Ho...

Adverbs can tell us how, when, where and how often something happens. Look at the list of adverbs in the picture to the right.


Lots of adverbs end in –ly and you were practising the spelling rules for these yesterday. However, there are some adverbs that don’t end in –ly and of course not all words that end in –ly are adverbs, for example, Emily we know is a noun. Watch the videos to learn a little more about adverbs and maybe you’d like to play this game:


Adverb Song - A fun kids song about adverbs.

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Adverbs of Manner (Describing Verbs)

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Parts of Speech Revision


We have now looked at 4 different types of parts of speech in P5: nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. Let’s recap on our parts of speech…

Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives & Adverbs - Animated Explanation

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Why don’t you try making up sentences with all four in them?


Mrs Boyd likes to run quickly on Saturday, especially in the wet rain.


The little girl ate the huge ice-cream slowly, so she enjoyed the sweet flavour of the ice-cream.


I went to the bank yesterday, but it was closed.