The letters 'ough' are pronounced differently, depending on the word they're in. Which words use which?
Find out how the 'shus' sound is used for descriptive words and can be spelt two ways, -cious and -tious.
Find out about words that contain silent letters, like the 'k' in knight or the 's' in island.
The 'shun' sound at the end of a word can be spelt in different ways. Find out about words ending in -tion, -cian, -sion and -ssion
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Find out about words like chef and machine, where the 'sh' sound is spelt with the letters 'ch'.
Find out about words where the 'i' sound is spelt with the letter 'y'.
Find out about words like country and cousin, where the 'uh' sound is spelt with the letters 'ou'.
Find out about some words that have a silent letter 'c'.
Find out about the different spellings of the -sure and -ture sound at the end of words.
Find out about words that end with the 'shun' sound spelt -sion, like invasion and explosion.
Homophones are groups of words which sound the same when you say them but have different spellings and meanings.
Working out whether to use to, too or two can be tricky. Find out when to use each of these words.
Find out how to use the homophones their, they’re and there
Discover how you can change the meaning of a word by adding a prefix.
Find out how to add suffixes to the end of words to change their meaning.
Discover how you can add the suffix -ly to a word to change its meaning.
Find out what happens when you add the suffix -ation to the end of a word.
Find out what happens when you add the suffix -ous to the end of a word.
Find out how listening to the stress of the final syllable can help when adding suffixes to words.
Find out how to use an apostrophe to join two words together and form a contraction.
Find out how to use an apostrophe to show that one thing belongs to another.
Find out how a semi-colon can replace a full stop between two sentences that share a theme.
Find out how commas can be used between statements to make a sentence easier to read.
How much do you know about punctuation marks? Test yourself in this KS2 quiz.
Find out how to use hyphens to connect words and dashes to punctuate sentences.
An ellipsis or '...' can be used to create suspense, show words are missing or show a trailing off thought.
When can you use bullet points to break up information to make it easy to read?
Brackets are a form of parenthesis but when should they be used in a sentence?
Find out how an exclamation mark can be used to show when something is surprising or forceful.
Find out where to place a comma to make the perfect list.
A number of sentences grouped together are called a paragraph. They are usually about one idea or theme.
Find out how inverted commas are used to show when someone is speaking.
Question marks go on the end of every question. Find out how to use them.
Learn what verbs are and how you can use them in your writing.
Find out how you can use different types of nouns in your writing.
Find out what adjectives are and how they are used in your writing.
Pronouns take the place of nouns in a sentence, examples are 'him', 'her' and 'them'.
An adverb tells you how something happens, like quickly and slowly.
When the subject of a sentence isn't active the verb is passive. If you want to make a sentence active, the subject of the sentence should be doing something.
Find out how modal verbs can be used in your writing.
A preposition is a word that tells you where or when something is in relation to something else, like "after","before" or "on".
A relative clause starts with a relative pronoun (who, that, which, whose, where, when) and is often added to a sentence to define a noun.
A subordinate conjunction joins two ideas or clauses in a sentence.
Conjunctions are joining words, coordinating conjunctions join groups of words about similar things.
Expanded noun phrases tell you more about the noun, so the reader will have more information.
What are fronted adverbials? When can you use them to replace adverbials?
Discover some tips for writing clear and neat sentences.
Learn how to you can use statement sentences to tell your reader a fact or idea about a topic.
Find out how to use command sentences to give instructions.
Questions are sentences that ask something and end with a question mark. Find out how to use them in your writing.
Find out how to use exclamations to show intense feelings or to get attention.
Find out about writing in the first, second or third person.
All verbs have a past, present and future form. Find out when to use them.
We can use a dictionary to find out the meaning or spelling of a word.
Take a look at a thesaurus.
Find out how an author decides what to write about in a story.
Find out some useful tips to help you plan your story.
Find out why most stories consist of a beginning, a middle and an end.
Find out what a setting is and how you can use them in your stories.
Find out about some of the different questions authors think about when they are inventing new characters.
Find out how your writing can have different purposes depending on the subject you're writing about or what you want to communicate.
Find out how you should think about the language you use when writing for different audiences.
Find out why it's important to check your work for errors.
Find out how changing the context can affect your stories.
Find out what alliteration is and how you can use it to make your writing more exciting.
Find out how you can use metaphors and similies to bring your writing to life.
Onomatopoeia is when a word sounds like what it means. Find out more in this Bitesize KS2 English guide.
Find out how hiving human feelings and actions to objects or ideas is called personification.
Synonyms are words with the same meaning, antonyms are words that mean the opposite. Find out more.
Find out about different types of fiction and non-fiction texts.
Find out how recounts are a way of retelling an important event or describing an experience you've had to others.
Explore the different tools newspapers use tell us about the world.
What are the features of adverts and brochures? How can you find out the differences?
Instruction manuals tell the reader how to complete a specific task. Find out how they are written.
An adventure story is about something out of the ordinary, usually with a challenge or quest. Discover more about what makes an adventure story.
Find out how scary stories frighten the reader through suspense and shocks.
Fairy stories start with the words 'Once upon a time' but what comes next?
Science fiction stories are usually set in the future and in a world different from ours.
A poem is made up of words and some words rhyme. Some poems have a fast rhythm, while others are slow.
Rhyming words have the same sound. Help the chef cook up some rhymes.
The first, second and fifth lines of a limerick rhyme. The same goes for the third and fourth lines.
Nonsense poems don't always make sense, they often use made up words, mixed up with real words.
Free verse poems don't follow the rules. Find out how to write them then try making up your own.
Find out how to work out the rhyme scheme of a poem.
A riddle is a type of puzzle, usually they are witty and have double meanings.
Find out about narrative poems, a type of poem that tells a story.
Find out how to write acrostic poems, where the first letter of each line spells a word.
Learn about different types of plays, including role play and performing confidently.
Some stories are written for people to perform. When you write for a performance it is called a script.