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Gunslinger Granny

Using the apostrophe for contractions.

Learning objectives:

  • Year 1: Reading: read words with contractions [for example, I’m, I’ll, we’ll], and understand that the apostrophe represents the omitted letter(s)
  • Year 2: Spell by ... learning how to use both familiar and new punctuation correctly (see English Appendix 2), including full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question marks, commas for lists and apostrophes for contracted forms and the possessive (singular)


  1. Read the two words.
  2. Shoot the unwanted letters to make the contracted form.
  3. If you go wrong there's an undo/reset button at the bottom LHS.
  4. Click on the wood at the top to place the apostrophe.
  5. When you've placed the apostrophe the sheriff's badge will appear. Press this to check.
  6. If you're correct you'll hear one of eight Lancastrian 'well done' phrases.
  7. If you're wrong Granny will reset and demonstrate the correct answer.
  8. Once Granny has shown you the correct way you get to try it again.
  9. Incorrect words are also added to the list for repetition later. Therefore you get two goes at doing them again.
  10. After 20 words are completed (as shown by the green bar at the top and the bags of swag at the bottom) the game is over.
  11. When the game finishes it will show you up to 5 words that you can go away and practice, based on the words that you got wrong.
This game is for my Grandma, Peggy, who lived in Accrington, Lancashire.

Have fun!

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