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3.5 Year 3: W - formation of nouns using a range of prefixes [for example super-, anti-, auto-]

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This Real Grammar resources pack provides everything that you need to explore noun prefixes with your pupils in Year 3. Prefixes included in the resource pack are super-, anti-, auto-, sub-, semi-, bi-and non-. Teaching slides, worksheets, games and an opportunity to apply the new learning in a writing task are all included to create a complete KS2 resource to teach adding prefixes to words to form nouns.

Pupils will need to be familiar with nouns before completing the activities in this resource pack. Pupils will also need to be familiar with nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.

What is a prefix?

A prefix is a group of letters that can be added to the beginning of a word to a create a new word. Prefixes have different meanings so they can be used to change the meaning of a word.

Examples of prefixes include un-, dis-, mis-, in-, super-, anti-, auto-, sub-, semi-, bi- and non-.

What is a noun prefix?

A noun prefix is where a prefix is added to a word and a noun is formed. Examples include super-, anti-, auto- and sub-.

  • market – supermarket
  • freeze – antifreeze
  • biography – autobiography
  • heading – subheading

What are the spelling rules when adding prefixes to words?

Most prefixes can be added to words without any change in spelling of the root word. See English Appendix 1: Spelling for more information.

What is included in this resource pack?

This pack is divided into five parts:


This section includes PowerPoint teaching slides and teaching notes with an optional script to introduce noun prefixes. It can also be used to revisit this aspect of grammar with pupils.


An independent activity for pupils to practise using what they have been taught, allowing teachers to assess understanding.


A series of short, 10-minute activities that can be used following the TEACH session to revisit and rehearse what has been taught. These may be short writing tasks, grammar games or editing/proofreading activities.


A short writing task where pupils can use the grammar skills taught in context to produce independent writing.


Five SATs style test questions, including cloze activities and multiple choice quiz questions, based on the grammar that has been taught.

Teachers can choose which section of the resource pack to use according to their pupils’ needs and could use the activities over a series of lessons or weeks

Teacher notes are provided to show how these quality resources could be used with pupils.

How is this resource pack differentiated?

The PRACTISE and REVISE sections include three activities differentiated for three levels of ability:

  • Worksheet 1 for pupils who may need support. Questions will have a lower cognitive domain (what is being asked of pupils) and/or vocabulary used may be simplified where possible.
  • Worksheet 2 for pupils working at age related expectations.
  • Worksheet 3 for pupils who may need an additional challenge and may be working at a greater depth in this area. Questions will have a higher cognitive domain with more challenging vocabulary.

SUPPORT and CHALLENGE ideas are also included in the teacher notes of each section where relevant, with ideas of how to support pupils working towards the expected standard or at greater depth in this area.

What pupil-facing resources are included?


    PPT slides; model text ‘Captain Scarlet’


    Practise 1, Practise 2 and Practise 3 worksheets


    Game 1 and game 2 cards


    Planning sheet


    PPT slides; Revise 1, Revise 2 and Revise 3 worksheets

Answer sheets for all worksheets are provided, where appropriate.

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