20 January 2011

Thursday 19 January 2012

This week’s spellings are slightly different. Instead of a list of words, I simply want your child to be able to distinguish between the two forms of  its:

its  – belonging to something, no apostrophe

it’s – a contraction, like we learnt last week, of ‘it is’

We’ll (another contraction!) be looking at this through the week, but if you could practise these activities at home it will ensure your child has a thorough understanding.

  1. On piece of paper, write its on one side and it’s on the other. Read out a sentence and they have to show the correct its.
  2. Have some sample sentences where they write the correct form of its. For example:

A good way to distinguish between the two is to check whether the sentence sounds correct if you substitute the word for ‘it is’. If you can do this, then the correct form is it’s. If it doesn’t seem to make sense, then the correct form is its.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.