These worksheets, covering the suffixes -ness and -ment, are an excellent way for children in Year 2 to revise and practise these spelling patterns.
These PDF 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:
Tick whether you could add the suffix ‘-ment’ or ‘-ness’ to these words.
Circle the words with the correct suffix added, then place the words given into the correct sentence
Write a sentence to describe each of the images, using the words ‘darkness’ and ‘payment’
Rewrite these words adding the suffix ‘-ment’ or ‘-ness’, then write each one into a sentence
Write a sentence to describe the image using as many of the words provided 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: 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