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These PDF worksheets, covering adding ‘-ed’, ‘-ing’, ‘-er’ and ‘-est’, are an excellent way for children in Y2 to revise and practise these spelling patterns.

The worksheets include five different activities in which children look at spelling patterns, identify misspelt words and apply their spellings in context. They can be used within lessons, as an assessment or as a homework task.

This primary resource is divided into three sections:

  • Tips
    This section explains how to add the suffixes ‘-ed’, ‘-ing’, ‘-er’, ‘-est’ and ‘-y’
  • Check
    Circle the words which are spelt correctly, complete the words with parts missing and add suffixes to the words to complete the sentences
  • Use
    Use the word in each box to write a sentence about each picture
  • Change
    Read each sentence and change the underlined word or phrase for a new word. Your new word should have the same meaning and contain ‘-ed’, ‘-ing’ , ‘-er’ or ‘est’
  • Use
    Write a short story about the image provided, trying to include as many of the words provided once you have added a suffix to them

What is a suffix?

Suffixes are letters, or groups of letters, that are added to the end of words to make a new word or change the meaning of word.

Suffix examples

  • -ing: eating, running, saying
  • -ed: planned, walked, burned
  • -er: teacher, trainer, farmer
  • -est: highest, fastest, biggest
  • -ier: mightier, zanier, funnier
  • -ity: activity, equality, civility
  • -less: useless, sleeveless, witless
  • -ness: happiness, fitness, silliness

National Curriculum English programme of study links

  • add prefixes and suffixes: using the spelling rule for adding –s or –es as the plural marker for nouns and the third person singular marker for verbs, using the prefix un–, and using –ing, –ed, –er and –est where no change is needed in the spelling of root words [for example, helping, helped, helper, eating, quicker, quickest]
  • read words containing common suffixes
  • add suffixes to spell longer words, including –ment, –ness, –ful, –less, –ly
  • apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (etymology and morphology) as listed in English Appendix 1, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words they meet
  • use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them
  • apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (morphology and etymology), as listed in English Appendix 1, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words that they meet.
  • use further prefixes and suffixes and understand the guidance for adding them

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