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Year 4 Prefixes SPaG Worksheets

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These bright, appealing grammar worksheets are a great help for practising and revising the use of prefixes in Y4. There are three worksheets in total, covering the following five sections – ‘understand’, ‘challenge’, ‘test’, ‘explain’ and ‘apply’.

  • Understand
    Using a dictionary, students complete four partial words with the most appropriate prefix from a choice of 10
  • Challenge
    Students are tasked with using the prefixes ‘un’ and ‘dis’ in two separate sentences with accompanying image prompts.
  • Test
    Students add prefixes to existing words and consider how their meanings change as a result
  • Explain
    ‘Using your own words, explain how a prefix can change the meaning of words. Use examples.’
  • Apply
    A creative activity, whereby students write a holiday postcard which includes many words that use prefixes.

What is a prefix?

A prefix is a combination of letters, words or numbers that can be placed before other words to change their meaning.

Prefix examples

  • un- (unpleasant, unhappy)
  • im- (impossible, improper)
  • mis- (mislead, misplace)
  • re- (reappear, reattach)
  • pre- (prefix, prehistoric)
  • dis- (disagree, disobey)

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should be taught to add prefixes and suffixes.

  • Three worksheets covering five distinct 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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