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Literacy problems to solve for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3

Key Stage 1           Wordswork!

Can you find the word?

How many words can you make from the letters in the grid?
Can you find the nine letter word?

Hint: The picture is a clue.

Key Stage 2           Wordswork!


Think of 10 words with


(in that order)
within them.

'micro' is the Greek word for 'small'.

Key Stage 3           Wordswork!

What's in a Word?

Wouldn't it be easy if we could say 'this word is a noun and that word is a verb', and know that it would always be right! But words aren't like that. Many words can be quite different types according to how they are used.

Activity 1

Work with a partner to explore the different uses of the word shop in the list below.

  1. Cut the list of words on worksheet 1a into slips, and place the slip with the heading shop at the top of worksheet 1b.
  2. Take it in turns to look at each of the slips:
    • Is the word shop used as a noun, a verb or an adjective?
    • Place your slip in one of the boxes on worksheet 1b.
    • As you place each slip, explain why it goes in that box.
    • Continue until all the slips have been placed.
  3. Look at the slips in each box. Are there any differences in the way the word shop is used? For example it might be past or present, singular or plural. Describe the differences to each other.


I went to the shop.
My nan shops in Shields.
The shopping basket was heavy.
Please help me with the shopping.
The one-stop-shop.
He was window shopping.
He works in a bookshop.
The manager was busy on the shop floor.
I'm just going shopping.
She was caught shop-lifting.
It was a shopper's paradise.
I like to shop on my own.
Don't talk Shop.
I got it cheap because it was shop-soiled.
He was shopped by his mates.
It was a heavy basket of shopping.
She is busy in the workshop.
My sister works as a shop-fitter.
Only 20 Shopping days till Christmas!
I shopped there yesterday.



Used as a noun
a noun is the name of a thing, e.g. house, dog, carpet.







Used as a verb
a verb is an action, e.g. he walks, she runs, you smile







Used as an adjective
an adjective is a word used to describe a noun, e.g. a red rose, the wild west, a wet day








Activity 2

  1. Make your own list of different uses of a single word. You might try words like school, home, hand, foot.
  2. Write your word at the top of worksheet 1b.
    • Try to place at least two examples in each of the boxes on the worksheet.
    • Try to make each example different from other examples in the same box.



Wordswork was from North East Lincolnshire's Literacy Team


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Key Stage 1
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Key Stage 3


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