Grammar Focus

Grammar Week 4 – It makes perfect tense!!!!

Tense: Past, Present and Future




This verb tenses list summarises all the tenses for regular verbs:

  1. Past Tense
    • Simple (merely happened at some indefinite time in the past) – I talked.
    • Perfect (action that started and finished in the past) – I had talked.
    • Progressive (ongoing action that happened sometime in the past) – I was talking.
    • Perfect Progressive (ongoing action that started, continued, and finally stopped in the past) – I had been talking.
  2. Present Tense
    • Simple (considered to be happening right now, or which happens regularly) – I talk.
    • Perfect (a finished action, viewed from right now) – I have talked.
    • Progressive (action continuing at this moment, or which starts and goes on for a while, on a regular basis) – I am talking.
    • Perfect Progressive (ongoing action that has recently finished) – I have been talking.
  3. Future Tense
    • Simple (will happen in the future) – I will talk.
    • Perfect (will start and finish in the future, before a second action takes place) –I will have talked.
    • Progressive (will start and continue in the future) – I will be talking.
    • Perfect Progressive (will start and continue in the future, before a specific time) – I will have been talking.

Complete the following activities:





Term 2 – Week 4, 2015: Get active Get your adjectives on!

Descriptive adjectives are those adjectives which describe nouns or the noun phrases. For example: ‘A beautiful day’. In this case, ‘beautiful’ is the adjective which qualifies or describes the noun ‘day’. Descriptive adjectives have several forms as discussed below.
  • Colors as adjectives: Black, Blue, White, Green, etc.
  • Touch as adjective: Slippery, Sticky, etc.
  • Feelings as adjectives: Happy, Sad, Angry, etc.
  • Sizes as adjectives: Big, Small, Thin, Thick, etc.
  • Origin as adjectives: European, Latin, Greek, etc.
  • Shapes as adjectives: Triangular, Rectangular, Square, Circular, etc.
  • Qualities as adjectives: Good, Bad, Average, etc.
  • Time as adjective: Yearly, Monthly, etc.
  • Age as adjectives: Young, Ancient, Old, etc.
  • Material as adjectives: Wood, Cotton, Gold, etc.
  • Opinions as adjectives: Pretty, hot, expensive, etc.
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Using google images or an appropriate website to collect images about one of the below topics.

  • Sport
  • Fashion
  • Cars
  • Animals
  • Movie/rock stars
  • Food
  • Travel

Find and paste pictures about your topic, collage-style into an app of your choice.

Write as many as you can describing adjectives on/below each picture.

Remember to think about size, colour, shape, look, feel, hear………..


Term 1 – Week 7, 2015

What is personification?

The act of giving human qualities to animals or inanimate objects.


– My teddy bear gave me a hug

– The wind howled in the night

– The moon played hide and seek with the clouds


In your English book, use personification on an inanimate object. Demonstrate this by drawing the character and listing the characteristics that bring it to life!

Write a short story about the character you have created. Must be at least a page long.


Term 1 – Week 5, 2015

Reading Rotations Grammar Task

What is a metaphor?

It’s a comparison that does not include the words like or as.

For Example:

– The snow is a white blanket.

– My teacher is a dragon.

– The computers at school are old dinosaurs.

– Those two best friends are two peas in a pod.

Watch this video:

Term 1 – Week 5, 2015

What is onomatopoeia?

Onomatopoeia refers to words that sound exactly or almost exactly like the thing that they represent. Many words that we use for animal or machine noises are onomatopoeia words, such as “moo” for the sound a cow makes and “beep-beep” for the noise of a car horn. Words like “slurp,” “bang,” and “crash” are also onomatopoeia words. Even some ordinary words like “whisper” and “jingling” are considered onomatopoeia because when we speak them out loud, they make a sound that is similar to the noise that they describe.


Brainstorm a variety of Onomatopoeia you may know.


Choose one of the three to create!

A small comic strip using onomatopoeia (Comic Life using imported images)write a short story using onomatopoeiaOR Create a pop art using onomatopoeia.

The resource below can help you get started if you need a warm-up to generate ideas!!

Comic Strip Template with added illustrations


Term 1 – Week 4, 2015

What is Figurative Language? Figurative language is a word or phrase that does not have its normal everyday, literal meaning. It is used by the writer for the sake of comparison or dramatic effect. Authors use similes, metaphors, hyperbole, and personification to make their stories more interesting.

Similes – What is a simile?

A comparison that includes the words like or as

For example:

.- As big as an elephant

– As dark as the night

– Like a clown


Root Words

Using the Root_words dictionary. Explore the core meanings of six root words. A root word barely stands alone. You are to come up with an example, a definition of that word in a complete sentence and represent the syllable division of that word.

RootWords Spelling Chart Example


Focus: Verb groups – past tense.   Term 1, Week 6 and 7 Activity

Verbs_Past Perfect Tense

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