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Year 2 Plurals Worksheets – KS1 Adding the suffix ‘-es’ to Words Ending in ‘y’

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These PDF spelling worksheets, covering adding ‘es’ to words ending in ‘y’, are an excellent way for children in Y2 to revise and practise this spelling pattern.

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 five sections:

  • Tips
    Change the ‘y’ at the end of these words to an ‘i’, then add es
  • Check
    Circle the word that is spelt correctly, then add the words given into each sentence
  • Use
    Write a sentence to describe each of the images, using the words provided
  • Change
    Add ‘es’ to the words, remembering to change the ‘y’ first
  • Apply
    Write a short story about the picture, including the word ‘babies’ in your story

What is a plural?

Plurals, or the plural form (as opposed to the singular form), are words that denote more than one of something.

In the English language this is most commonly done by adding the suffix ‘-s’ to a word, or the suffix ‘-es’.

However, there are irregular plurals such as the plural of sheep (sheep) or the plural of child (children). People will often give the example of the plural of octopus as being ‘octopi’, but actually ‘octopuses’ is the preferred term, and as such it isn’t an irregular plural.

’-es’ suffix plural examples

  • Babies
  • Ladies
  • Bunnies
  • Puppies
  • Lorries
  • Cherries

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.

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

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