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Suffixes Year 2 – 9 of the best resources and worksheets for KS1 SPaG

Make sure Y2 children's suffix work is more than just an add-on in your spelling, punctuation and grammar learning, with these activities, ideas and more…

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What is a suffix?

Suffixes are letters, or groups of letters, that are added to the end of words to make a new word. Adding a suffix will change the meaning of the word.

Examples of suffixes

  • -ing: eating, running, saying
  • -ed: planned, walked, burned
  • -er: teacher, trainer, farmer
  • -est: highest, fastest, biggest
  • -less: useless, sleeveless, witless
  • -ness: happiness, fitness, silliness
  • -met: amazement, payment, punishment
  • -ful: careful, fearful, mouthful
  • -ly: bravely, softly, wisely

1 | Year 2 spelling patterns posters – Classroom display packs

Enhance your KS1 classroom displays with this sets of 14 and 12 colourful posters based around Year 2 spelling patterns.

Each poster shows the spelling pattern surrounded by 8 eye-catching images illustrating words that use that pattern.

As well as the completed posters, the pack includes:

  • posters where the example illustrations aren’t labelled, so children can be challenged to identify the missing words
  • posters showing the spelling pattern only, so children can add their own example words and pictures
  • individual elements of the posters, which can be cut out and assembled as part of any larger wall display, and added to by the children

Click here for pack 1 and here for pack 2.

2 | What are suffixes?

This BBC Bitesize page offers a handy short guide to what suffixes are and how they work, as well as a couple of interactive questions for children to check they’ve understood.

Plus, there are also similar pages for using the suffixes -ly and -ation.

Check it all out here.

3 | Suffix spelling workout worksheets for Y2

These PDF worksheets are an excellent way for children in Y2 to revise and practise these spelling patterns.

The worksheets include five different activities in which children look at spelling patterns, identify misspelt words and apply their spellings in context.

Click these links to give each one a look:

4 | Suffix word mats

This great little word mat for KS1 includes suffix examples for -ly, -ment, -less, -ness and -ful all on one side of A4.

There’s a prefix one too while you’re there.

Find it here.

5 | Adding suffixes worksheet

While you’re covering those five suffixes, this worksheet includes 12 words with space for students to add a correct suffix and write out the full new word.

Download and print here.

6 | Year 2 suffix bingo games

These grammar Bingo games are a fun way to support pupils in Y2 to identify words that have suffixes such as -er, -est, -ful, -ness, -ly, -ment and -less added.

The games can be played as a class or in small groups and are perfect for adult-led interventions to revisit key knowledge and skills, and each pack includes bingo caller cards, bingo cards and teacher’s notes.

Click the links to check each one out:

7 | Year 2 suffix SPaG challenge worksheets

This selection of colourful grammar worksheets help upper Key Stage 1 pupils practise and revise suffix use through SATs-style questions.

Each one is divided into five sections – understand, challenge, test, explain and apply.

Find each worksheet pack here:

8 | Year 2 tenses worksheets

These bright, appealing grammar worksheets are an excellent way to practise and revise using the suffixes -ly, -ful, -less, -ness and -ment in Year 2.

Each one is divided into five sections – understand, challenge, test, explain and apply – and activities include SATs-style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses, with eye-catching images as prompts.

Check each one out here:

9 | Tenses make-a-match game

This ‘Make a Match’ game is a fun way for pupils in Y2 to match verbs which are in the past, present and progressive tense, and use suffixes such as -ed, -s and -ing.

The game can be played as a class or in small groups and is perfect for adult-led interventions to revisit key knowledge and skills.

This resource pack includes 44 Make a Match word cards and 4 Make a Match heading cards.

Check it out here.

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