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This bright, appealing PDF grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise adding ‘er’ and ‘est’ in Y2.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Add ‘-er’ or ‘-est’ to the words to write a sentence about the images provided
  • Challenge
    Write a sentence to describe each of the pictures provided. Choose three words from the list provided, add ‘-er’ or ‘-est’ to them, then include a different one in each of your sentences
  • Test
    Add suffixes to the words in bold and use them to complete the sentence. Part of the word might need to be changed before adding the suffix
  • Explain
    Using your own words, explain what adding ‘-er’ and ‘-est’ does to a root word
  • Apply
  • Imagine that you are a superhero! What can you do? Tell me about your amazing adventures and super powers. Include 5 of the words listed, adding ‘-er’ or ‘-est’ to prove that you can use the suffixes and to show how amazing your powers are

Activities include SATs-style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses, with eye-catching images as prompts.

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

  • Worksheets featuring five sections: understand challenge test explain and apply. Activities include SATs style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses with eye-catching images as prompts
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