These PDF worksheets, covering words ending in -sion, are an excellent way for children in Y3/4 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 five sections:
Advice and examples on when words with the ‘-sion’ suffix use a ‘sh’ or ‘zh’ sound, plus pupils need to tick which of these two sounds each of the words listed makes, and add an example of their own for each
Pick the words which are spelt correctly, and place each words listed into the correct sentence
Use the images and words provided to write a sentence that includes each word
Read each sentence and change the underlined word or phrase for a synonym which includes the ‘-sion’ suffix
Use the image provided to write a short passage using as many of the words listed as you can
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.
- -ing: playing, reading, talking
- -ed: grinned, dined, spelled
- -er: walker, rider, builder
- -est: widest, prettiest, kindest
- -ier: dirtier, handier, zanier
- -ity: audacity, capability, vanity
- -less: homeless, painless, flavourless
- -ness: fondness, smoothness, slipperiness
National Curriculum English programme of study links
Pupils’ spelling of common words should be correct, including common exception words and other words that they have learnt.
Pupils should spell words as accurately as possible using their phonic knowledge and other knowledge of spelling, such as morphology and etymology.
Read further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word.
Spell further homophones
Spell words that are often misspelt
Use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary
Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors