This pack contains all you need to teach a Year 1 lesson on adding suffixes (using -er/-est), or to revise the topic with pupils.
This primary resource pack includes:
- Suffixes worksheet
Fill in the table adding the suffixes ‘-er’ and ‘-est’ to words, then put the words ‘old’, ‘older’ and ‘oldest’ into the correct gaps in the sentences
- Suffix card sort activity
This printable PDF includes a selection of words to cut out. Ask pupils to read each word to practise blending skills and then say a sentence including that word. Plus, can they find two ways to sort the cards?
- Suffix writing sheet
Write sentences about the pictures provided using words ending in ‘-er’ or ‘-est’.
- Teacher’s notes
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