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Day 57 - I Forgot (creative ideas for home schooling)

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I Forgot

Yesterday, Thursday 2nd July, was International Forgot Day. In true form, I forgot to post the two blog posts today.

We hope you enjoy!



  • List poem

  • Modal verbs

  • Standard English

  • Apostrophes for contractions

Today's blog (in fact yesterday's blog) is just a quick and easy writing activity you can play with the children. As life begins to return to normality, I am always looking for quick games and activities I can create to reinforce a lot of the learning we have been exploring.

This little game focuses on modal verbs which infer the degrees of possibility (will, should, could, must, etc.), as well as standard English. This is a really big bugbear of mine as many children say "should of" rather than "should have." This is because of the way they pronounce "should've." So this game helps to reinforce this rule.

We began by brainstorming things we forget.

Then, using the framework listed above, I showed the boys how to create a little list poem, contextualising the sentence starters:

I forgot...

I knew...

I should have...

I will...

As I said earlier, this is a really quick activity and is one the boys really enjoyed. Here are the outcomes of the session. I should just say, not all of mine are true!


I Forgot

I forgot our anniversary.

I knew this would happen one day.

I shouldn’t have dismissed those plaguing reminders she set.

I will learn the hard way.

I forgot why I came in the room.

I knew I needed something.

I should have made a note.

I will just have to hope I remember.

I forgot my dream.

I knew this would happen.

I should have jotted it down.

I will never have such clarity again.

I forgot the dog.

I knew something was missing.

I should have noticed.

I will go back and get him.

I forgot the roast carrots.

I knew the meal lacked colour.

I should have checked the Aga.  

I will blame someone else.

I forgot the punchline.

I knew most of the joke.

I should have practised.

I will never live this down.

I forgot to pick up the children.

I knew it was my day.

I should have remembered.

I will not forget Miss Brown’s icy stare.

I forgot his name.

I knew it began with a D.

I should have written it down somewhere.

I will now have to hope his name is Dean.

I forgot what I was writing.

I knew... what did I know?

I should know...

I will stop.

© Jamie Thomas


I Forgot

I knew it was for something.

I should have written it down.

I will keep on thinking.

I forgot to drink my tea.

I knew I had to do it.

I should have put an alarm on.

I will not forget to do that again.

I forgot the car keys.

I knew I had to bring them.

I should have picked them up.

I will always remember them.

by Archie


I Forgot

I forgot my cup of tea.

I knew it was getting cold.

I should have drank it when I had the chance.

I will not forget my tea again.

I forgot the date.

I knew I should have ticked my calendar.

I should have asked a parent.

I will not do that again.

I forgot the car keys.

I knew I should have picked them up.

I should have put them in my pocket.

I will never do that again.

by Joshua


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Do tune in tomorrow (later today), where we exploring: Shadows

My thanks to Pie Corbett, Julia Strong and the Talk for Writing team for inspiring many of the ideas explored in this blog.

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