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This week we are looking at, and deepening our knowledge of, different tenses and common exception words.

Year 4 plan for GPS




LI: To understand present perfect tense and simple past


Read the PowerPoint carefully, taking notes if you need to or if you think it will help you. Recap on the difference between past and present tenses to help understand the difference between simple past and present perfect.


Remember the present perfect tense rule of ‘have + past participle (usually words ending in -ed or -en). For example: They have watched a film.


Your activity today is to complete the ‘sorting sentences’ activity. Use the PowerPoint to help you sort the sentences into present perfect and simple past.


  • If the activity is too difficult, try the other worksheet ‘present perfect verb tenses’, which is practising identifying the different have/has in the sentences and putting verbs into the present perfect tense.
  • If you would like a challenge, try to make up your own examples of present perfect tense using your daily life for inspiration.




LI: To use present perfect tense and simple past


Watch the ‘SPAG-Tastic’ video to recap perfect present tense from yesterday’s lesson.


Your activity today is complete Lesson 2 worksheet, which is to separate present from the simple past by crossing out the wrong word/words in each sentence and creating your own sentences using present perfect tense. For example: Look how much work you have did/done today!


Once you have completed the activity, go onto the bonus activity. This activity involves writing a paragraph using the picture provided. The paragraph should include at least x3 simple past and x3 present perfect tenses.




LI: To use past and present progressive tense


Go through Lesson 3 PowerPoint on present/past progressive tenses, taking notes if you need to or if you think it will help you.


Progressive tenses refer to an action that is continuous (e.g., I am reading this book at the moment).


Present progressive = I am running; you are skipping; he, she, or it is jumping

Past progressive = I was reading; you were reading; he, she or it was watching


Your activity today is to do the ‘Mind your tenses’ sheet. You will be identifying the difference between past and present progressive tenses, then you will need 4 different coloured pencils to circle the sentences to correctly identify the verb tenses in the activity sheet.


If you would like a challenge, go onto the bonus activity to apply the progressive tense in your own words.


There is also a dice game to further develop your past and present progressive knowledge, cut out the x2 dice (Die 1 & 2) on the sheet and throw both the dice to make up a sentence.





LI: To spell common exception words


For today’s lesson go onto lesson 4’s ‘spelling menu’ and pick up to 5 of the possible 8 spelling activities to practise your common exception words.


Remember to check your spellings afterwards!




LI: To spell common exception words


Time to check to see if you have learned your spellings for the week. If possible, get an adult to read the words for you and then you try to spell them correctly. If it is not possible to work with an adult, check your spellings by doing look/cover /write/ check with your spellings.



If there are any that you do not get correct, practise spelling them again or if you would like to boost your confidence, see if you can write the spelling correctly within a sentence.