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  Past tense
Updated 06 May 2003, 15.32

Learning aims
  • The function of verbs when considering tense.

  • Transform a text from future to past tense.
Introduction
Verbs tell us whether something is happening now (present), has already happened (past) or is going to happen (future).

Read through with the class the story Top secret Potter 5 copies found in field.

Explain that this story is written about an event that has already happened (the past tense).

Something that hasn't happened yet is in the future.

Angie and Dirty Den
Angie and Dirty Den

Compare the Harry Potter story with the following Eastenders one, EastEnders legend Dirty Den to return.

Ask the class to help you change this story from the future tense into the past.

Main activity
Children change the following news story from the future tense into the past.

Extension activity
Children could rewrite the verbs from a text written in the future tense, such as a

taken from CBBC Newsround, so that it is in the past tense.

Today
There will be patchy rain that will die out to leave bright spells.

The winds will be light and the maximum temperature will be 9 deg C (48 deg F).

Tomorrow
After the fog has cleared it will then be dry and bright with sunny intervals.

Plenary
Recap on the differences between past, present and future tense.

Children present their altered versions of the news story and weather reports.


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UKTop secret Potter 5 copies found in field
TV/FilmEastEnders legend Dirty Den to return
TV/FilmFame Academy back for a second series

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