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5.7 Year 5: W - verb prefixes [for example, dis-; de-; mis-; over-; and re-]

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This Real Grammar KS2 resources pack provides everything that you need to explore verb prefixes in Year 5. Prefixes included in the resource pack are dis-, de-, mis-, over-, inter-, under- and re-. Teaching slides, worksheets, games and an opportunity to apply the new learning in a writing task are all included to create a complete resource to teach adding prefixes to words to form verbs.

Pupils will need to be familiar with verbs and what a prefix is before completing the activities in the resource pack. They will also need to be familiar with root words.

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 verb prefix?

A verb prefix is where a prefix is added to a word and a verb is formed. Examples include dis-, de-, mis-, over-, inter-, under- and re- and each prefix has a different meaning.

  • appear – disappear (dis- meaning: the reverse)
  • appear – reappear (re- meaning: again or back)
  • behave – misbehave (mis- meaning: badly or wrongly)
  • activate – deactivate (de- meaning: do the opposite of)
  • sleep – oversleep (over- meaning: too much)
  • act – interact (inter- meaning: between or among)
  • cook – undercook (under- meaning: not enough)

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 verb 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 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 ‘On trial…’; word mat


    Practise 1, Practise 2 and Practise 3 worksheets


    Game 1, game 2


    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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