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This bright, appealing grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise adding ‘-ful’ and ‘-less’ in Year 2.

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

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Add ‘-ful’ or ‘-less’ to the word underneath each picture and include them in sentence
  • Challenge
    Write a sentence about each of the pictures. Include a word from the list provided after you have added ‘-ful’ or ‘-less’ to it
  • 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 ‘-ful’ or ‘-less’ does to a root word
  • Apply
    Bina is in a race. Write about her experience. Show that you can use the ‘-ful’ and ‘-less’ suffixes by including 5 words from the list provided and adding suffixes to them

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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