Year 5 Grammar: Apostrophes for possession.

How to use a possessive apostrophe:

An apostrophe can be used to show that one thing belongs to or is connected to something. This is called a possessive apostrophe.

Let's take a look at some examples:

1. The cat's tail was fluffy.

Cat is a singular noun so you need to add an apostrophe and "s" to show that the tail belongs to the cat.

2. Charles' cat was naughty.

Charles is a singular noun that ends in an "s", so you need to add an apostrophe to show that the cat belongs to Charles.

3. The brothers' feet were muddy.

Brothers is a plural noun that ends in an "s" so you don't add another "s" after your apostrophe. You can just add an apostrophe to show the feet belongs to the brothers.

4. The children's toys were broken

Children is a plural noun but it doesn't end with an "s" so you need to add an apostrophe and "s" to show that the toys belong to the children.

Now go to this link and watch the clip, read the information, do the activity and finish with the quiz.

Lastly, apply your learning by writing these sentences in your notebook. Add an apostrophe in the right place in each sentence:

1. The childrens party was cancelled.

2. The sisters feet were muddy.

3. Charles dog was noisy.

4. The birds feathers were ruffled.

5. Henry VIIIs reign was very eventful.

6. Elizabeths reign was powerful.

7. The Tudor monarchs throne was made of gold.

8. Lady Jane Greys reign was only 9 days long.

If you get stuck, watch the clip again and keep reading the examples above.

Well done!

If it was tricky don't worry, when you have to work through a tricky bit it really helps you learn. Don't give up, have another go tomorrow if you found it difficult. Having a growth mindset and trying again will help your brain to get it. You can do it!


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