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Year 1 Plurals Worksheets – KS1 Adding the suffixes ‘-s’ and ‘-es’ to Words

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These PDF spelling worksheets, covering adding ‘s’ and ‘es’ to words, are an excellent way for children in Y1 to revise and practise these spelling patterns.

The worksheets include 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
    Rewrite these words as plurals
  • Check
    Tick the words which are spelt correctly, then add the words given into the correct sentences
  • Use
    Write a sentence to describe each of the images, using the words provided for each

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.

’-s’ and ‘-es’ suffix plural examples

  • Dogs
  • Girls
  • Books
  • Foxes
  • Bushes
  • Patches

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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