Suffix ‘-ly’ Year 2 Worksheets – KS1 SPaG Challenge Mat

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This bright, appealing PDF grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using the ‘-ly’ suffix in Y2.

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
    Rewrite the words, adding the suffix ‘-ly’ to each one, and underline the adverb in each sentence.
  • Challenge
    Rewrite the words, adding ‘-ly’ to each one, and complete the table
  • Test
    Tick the words that are spelt correctly, and add a suitable word ending with the suffix ‘-ly’ to the sentences
  • Explain
    Write in your own words what the rule is when we add ‘-ly’ to words ending in ‘-y’, eg happy, then write a sentence each to include the words ‘greedily’, ‘angrily’ and ‘luckily’
  • Apply
    Write a set of instructions telling someone how to brush their teeth, including some words ending in ‘-ly’

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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