These worksheets, covering the -fer suffix, are an excellent way for children in Years 5 and 6 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.
Advise and examples on adding the ‘-fer’ suffix, with space to provide your own examples
Circle the words that are spelt correctly, then rewrite sentences to include the words provided
Use the images provided and the accompanying words to write a sentence for each
Read each sentence and change the underlined word or phrase for a synonym which includes the ‘-fer’ suffix
Write a short passage about the image provided, including as many ‘-fer’ words as possible
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, starting, spinning
- -ed: waned, tricked, formed
- -er: smarter, bigger, whiter
- -est: mightiest, bluest, largest
- -ier: wackier, loftier, sillier
- -ity: availability, nobility, suitability
- -less: useless, shirtless, tasteless
- -ness: happiness, fitness, quickness
National Curriculum English programme of study links
Pupils should be taught to:
Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand the guidance for adding them
Use knowledge of morphology and etymology in spelling and understand that the spelling of some words needs to be learnt specifically, as listed in English Appendix 1
Use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words
Use the first three or four letters of a word to check spelling, meaning or both of these in a dictionary