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Like most things in grammar teaching, the past progressive tense sounds complicated but is in fact easy. We use this regularly in our everyday speech. It is sometimes called the continuous tense. It is easy to identify in the past tense, as it includes was or were, and in the present tense it includes am, is or are.

Simple Past Tense Past Progressive Tense Simple Present tense Present Progressive Tense
I ran I was running I run I am running
I walked I was walking I walk I am walking
He sung He was singing He sings He is singing


Some ideas for your WANTED poster. Last year we made fox tails to hang off our posters. We made them out of old stuffed tights!
If you want a slightly shorter, simpler reading activity, then try this one below. Remember, if a worksheet is differentiated, this means there are different ability levels. Look for chilli peppers or stars. * = mild, ** = medium, *** = spicy/challenging.

Another fun activity you can do with your child, is to practise the Year 2 common exception words. Common exception words are words that do not follow the common phonetic spelling rules children learn in Year 1 and Year 2. Many of these exception words are used frequently, hence the use of 'common' in the name.


Underneath the words, are some ideas to practise spellings in fun ways. There are also loads more suggestions on the internet, if you search for 'fun ways to practise spellings'.