Mixed Suffixes Year 2 Worksheets – KS1 SPaG Challenge Mat

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This bright, appealing grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using the suffixes -ly, -ful, -less, -ness and -ment in Year 2. It is divided into 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.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Underline the suffixes in the words, and match the root word with the correct suffix
  • Challenge
    Write the new words eg enjoy + ment = enjoyment, then choose one of the words and write a sentence with that word
  • Test
    Tick which suffixes can be added to the words (some might be able to have more than one suffix added!), then add a suffix to the words underlined to make the sentences correct
  • Explain
    How do different suffixes change the meaning of words? Read the two sentences and explain what we know about the spider in each
  • Apply
    Write a description about the picture provided using some words ending in suffixes: -ly, -ful, -less, -ness or -ment

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

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