We have been learning about using the apostrophe for contraction in P5. The apostrophe is like a comma, but it is up in the air. I always like to remember:
A for Apostrophe = A for Air
A contraction is two words shortened to one word with the use of an apostrophe. The apostrophe always replaces some letters which you are taking away and they are usually vowels (but sometimes extra letters too). We must ALWAYS remember to leave a little gap underneath the apostrophe too.
You are à you’re have not à haven’t I would à I’d
Spend some time watching the videos below to become familiar with common contractions.
Use these websites to practise the spelling of your contractions. Remember how important it is to draw your apostrophe carefully and leave a space for the apostrophe.
We have been starting to learn about homophones in P5. Homophones are words which have the same sound but a different spelling/meaning.
A lot of this work is knowing the meaning of each word and making sure you can spell it. Spend some time playing these games and then write some sentences using the words. Another fun activity to do is to write a ‘nonsense sentence’ and illustrating is,
e.g. The postman posted the male through the letterbox, drawing a picture of a man through the letterbox rather than letters.
It’s a nice fun activity to ensure you know the meanings of the words and it also gets you being creative.
To, two and too
We have been looking at homophones over the last couple of weeks and we’re going to spend some time looking at grammar homophones which are important for you to know.
It is important that you know when to use to, too and two. Watch the videos to learn more and try planning the games.
There, their and they’re
There, their and they’re is another one which you may be familiar with, but lots of people can get wrong.. Watch the videos to learn more and try planning the games.