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Hyphens Hyphens are used to connect words. One of their main functions is to reduce confusion in the meaning of words. In the past they were used far more often than we use them today and some words lose their hyphens through common usage, so there are no longer hard and fast rules (e.g. co-ordinates […]

English: Singular and Plural

English: Singular and Plural Rewriting sentences written in the singular to make them plural can involve changing nouns, pronouns and verbs, so a lot of care has to be taken. Our latest sets of English worksheets take a detailed look at this. They can be found in our Words and Sentences category but don’t forget […]

English: direct speech

English: direct speech This week we have published two sets of worksheets which introduce direct and indirect speech in a clear and easy way. Direct speech quotes the exact words spoken, whilst indirect speech is usually used in the past tense to report what has been said. Speech bubbles are a great way to introduce […]

Writing more complex sentences

Writing more complex sentences A great collection of pages has just been added to help children write more complex and interesting sentences. Starting by simply adding adjectives and adverbs, we move on to expanding sentences using, ‘who, what, when, where and why’ to write really imaginative sentences. Finally, we have a great set of worksheets […]

Grammar: brackets

Grammar: brackets There are curly brackets and square (or straight) brackets as well as round brackets, which all can be used in different ways, but today we have published two sets of worksheets on round brackets. The main purpose of round brackets (or parentheses) is to provide further information to a sentence, although it is […]

Mary Rose worksheets

Mary Rose worksheets This October we can celebrate 35 years since the raising of the Mary Rose. King Henry VIII’s favourite warship was built in Portsmouth in 1510 but sank in 1545. In 1982 the fragile remains of the ship were lifted out of the sea and a restoration programme has continued ever since. Find […]

Travelling by train to a holiday

Travelling by train to a holiday Earlier this year I was sitting in one of my favourite spots, watching the trains move to and from St Ives, across the magnificent Cornish beaches, when it occurred to me that this was an excellent starting point for some writing. So here it is, a great addition to […]

Synonyms and antonyms

Synonyms and antonyms Two of my favourite books by the brilliant Scottish writers, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott provide the material for our latest sets of worksheets on synonyms and antonyms. Extracts from Treasure Island and Ivanhoe have some of the key words missing. Can the correct words be placed in the correct […]

Nouns in Year 1

Nouns in Year 1 We have already produced some great sets of worksheets on common and proper nouns and some fun pages on collective nouns, all aimed at older children. However, nouns are now considered to be part of Year 1 work. With this in mind, our latest resources on nouns have been written for […]

Synonyms and antonyms

Synonyms and antonyms Tricky words for two easily understood ideas! A synonym is a word that has the same, or nearly the same meaning as another word. Happy and joyful are synonyms. An antonym is a word opposite in meaning to another word. Happy and sad are antonyms. We have just published seven sets of […]