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This bright, appealing PDF grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using verb suffixes in Y5.

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 the suffixes ‘-ate’, ‘-ify’ or ‘-ise’ to the nouns and adjectives to create verbs, making any necessary spelling changes. Use a dictionary to help.
  • Challenge
    Add the two root words ‘advert’ and ‘note’ to one of the suffixes ‘-ate’, ‘-ify’ or ‘-ise’ and create a sentence for each of them
  • Test
    Read the sentences and rewrite any misspelt words. Then, tick the correct meaning of the words ‘fabricate’ and ‘falsify’
  • Explain
    Explain using your own words, the spelling rules you need to follow when adding the prefixes ‘-ate’, ‘-ify’ and ‘-ise’ to root words
  • Apply
    Choose three nouns and change them into verbs by adding the suffixes ‘-ate’, ‘-ify’ and ‘-ise’. Include these words in an exciting poem or story

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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