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Year 2 Contractions

Resources to teach the spelling rules for: The use of apostrophes in contractions


  • Introduction to contractions: Explains what contractions are and shows examples of them in newspaper headlines. It then demonstrates how different contractions are formed. It ends with an oral activity for the children to say the long form of the contraction in each sentence.
  • Writing contractions: A writing activity where the children have to change the words into contractions
  • Changing contractions to the full form: As above, but the other way round
  • Its or it's: Explains the differences, with sentences for the children to guess which is correct
  • Your or you're: As above


  • Cards - Sentences with contractions: The children can rewrite them in the long form
  • Cards - Contractions snap
  • Show me cards - its or it's
  • Show me cards - your or you're
  • Worksheet - Change the words into contractions
  • Worksheet - Change the contractions into the long form
  • Worksheet - Complete the contraction matrix
  • Worksheet - Find the contractions in the story
  • Newspaper report
  • Y2 Spelling Appendix planning - Contractions:  An adaptable outline plan
  • Word List -  With relevant contractions
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