Year 1 - Adding ing

Adding ing teaches KS1 children how to adapt verbs into the present tense. This requirement is stated in the Year 1 spelling list set out in the National Curriculum.

A verb is a doing word. To show a verb is happening now, we add ‘ing’ to the end, like ‘jump’ turns into ‘jumping’. All you need to do is add ‘ing’. However, if the word has a short vowel sound like ‘hop’, you need to double the last letter (the consonant), so that it says ‘hopping’. See how many you know of these ‘ing’ spellings.

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  1. Finish this sentence: He is _____ at you.
    The word 'wave' changes to waving, where we take away the 'e'.
  2. Finish this sentence: She is _____ the bush.
    The 'i' sound in this word is considered to be a short vowel sound. This means we need to double the last letter then add 'ing'.
  3. Finish this sentence: He is _____ the deer.
    When you add 'ing' onto the end of the word, we say you are writing in the present participle. This means the verb is happening in the present, right now.
  4. Finish this sentence: They are _____ to Spain.
    To help you, try and spell the verb first: 'fly' then add the 'ing'.
  5. Finish this sentence: They are _____ to the seaside.
    Here you need to know that the word 'drive' is written like this, then you take away the 'e' and add 'ing'.
  6. Finish this sentence: He is _____ this sum up.
    Other words for add are, plus, more than, calculate, find the sum and total.
  7. Finish this sentence: The frog is _____ across the pond.
    The 'o' is a short vowel sound, so the last letter needs to be doubled otherwise you turn it into the word 'hoping' which is something you wish for.
  8. Finish this sentence: They are _____ in a race.
    The 'u' is considered a short vowel sound and so, the 'n' needs to be doubled.
  9. Add 'ing' to the word 'amaze'.
    It would make sense to click the second answer but if a verb ends with an 'e' we get rid of that letter and then add 'ing'.
  10. Finish this sentence: The bee is _____.
    We would write the verb first, which is 'buzz' then add 'ing' to show that he is doing it now.

Author: Finola Waller

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