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Year 2 Term 1ii - KS1 spelling resources - Adding the suffix ed for past tense and -ing for present tense
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Activities to introduce and explain the past and present tense, and how to add the suffixes ed and ing to base words.


  • Introducing the past tense: Gives an explanation of present and past tense, and some examples of the past tense to turn into present tense.
  • Action pictures: 10 scenes of people doing different things for the children to look at and discuss what is happening, using present tense verbs.
  • Changing present into past tense: Explains what verbs are, with examples highlighing the verbs in a sentence, then 15 sentences for the children to change from the present into the past tense.
  • The rules for spelling verbs: Demonstrates present and past tense in the form of a poem, and asks questions about the differences.; introduces the vocabulary 'base words' and 'suffixes' and explains what they are; goes through the different types of base words (words you can just add a suffix to; words ending in a short vowel then a consonant and words with a long split vowel) and demonstrates the rules for adding 'ed'; gives opportunities for the children to add ed and ing for each rule.
  • Quick-write adding ed and doubling: To use in a quick-write activity. It shows the verb, then how it is changed when -ed is added.
  • Quick-write adding ing and doubling: As above, but with -ing.
  • Quick-write adding ed to split long vowels: As above
  • Quick-write adding ing to split long vowels: As above
  • The rules for spelling verbs ending in y: Looks at adding -ed and -ing to words that end in a vowel and then y.
  • Adding -ed to verbs quiz: Interactive game where the children have to decide which rule to apply to different base words.
  • Adding -ed to words sorting: to sort base words into the correct rules.
  • Sorting verbs by type: An interactive sorting activity where the children have to choose the correct column according to spelling rule for each verb to go in.
  • Past tense verbs not ending in -ed: Some irregular past tense verbs.


  • Adding -ed to words - sorting: A sheet for the children to use when they are sorting verbs into different spelling rules when adding -ed.
  • Base words sorting: 48 verb cards for the children to sort into different rules for spelling changes.
  • Ending sounds -ed: 48 ed verbs to sort into end sounds; t, d, or ed.


  • Y2 Term 1ii planning: An outline of the unit, identifying where each resource fits in
  • Y2 Term 1ii word list: A list of verbs to use in the unit.


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