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American-British Spelling

American-British SpellingThere are many interesting differences between British and American spellings, some of which go back over 300 years. British spelling was standardised by the dictionary written by Samuel Johnson in 1755, taking into account the many European, especially French, origins of words. Noah Webster produced an American dictionary in the early 1800s, after the […]

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery RhymesNursery rhymes are an important part of learning for young children, encouraging the rhyme, rhythm and patterns that are so important in learning all languages. Simple repetitive phrases help with listening skills and the development of memory.We start our Nursery Rhyme section with four rhymes which particularly use rhyme and rhythm:Humpty DumptyLittle Bo PeepHickory […]

Upper KS2 Spelling ‘ice’ or ‘ise’?

Should you write practice or practise? If you are American the answer is very simple as they only use the ‘ice’ version – practice. If you are from the UK then it all gets a little bit trickier.Practise should be used when it is a verb, or ‘doing’ word. For example:Farah is going to practise […]

Report writing

We have just published our first set of planning sheets for helping children with report writing. The four topics are:PlaygroundThe Steam RailwaySwimming PoolLaser Light Display.These four topics have been adapted from past Year 6 SAT papers, therefore are ideal for older children. Whilst there is no set format for report writing, the report should be […]

Homonyms

With half term over what better time could there be to look at our sets of English worksheets on homonyms. A homonym is a word which shares the same spelling and the same pronunciation as another word but has a different meaning. Homonyms are another case of the weird and wonderful world of the English […]

Poetry

Tackling poetry is often thought to be very difficult, there seem to be many rules, but at the same time perhaps, no rules at all. However, it is something we can all have a go at and the more you do it the better you get. I always remember being told that a poem is […]

Greek Gods

Four more Greek Gods and Goddesses have been added to our selection this week. They are:Poseidon, god of the seaAphrodite, goddess of loveApollo, god of the sunArtemis, goddess of the hunt, woodland and the moon.A brief introduction to each is followed by suggestions for further activities and research.Go to Greek Gods and Goddesses

Adjectives

We have an excellent selection of worksheets on adjectives ranging from recognising adjectives as describing words in Year 2 to using comparative and superlative adjectives and adjectival clauses for older year groups. Our latest set looks at using the suffix LESS to change nouns into adjectives. For example, the noun ‘spot’ becomes ‘spotless’, ‘wire’ becomes […]

Phonics Screening Check for Year 1/2

Parents of Year 2 children will soon be hearing from school about the phonic screening check their children should have taken last June when in Year 1. This is a check that teachers will make to show how well children can use phonic skills and to identify children who need extra help.Cancellation of the phonics […]

Roman Gods (2)

Four more Roman Gods feature this week with short introductions and follow up ideas. Look out later in the year for stories related to Roman gods. NeptuneNeptune was the Roman god of the sea. He is similar to the Greek god Poseidon. He was the son of Saturn and Ops and the brother of Jupiter, […]