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Revise Your Suffixes: -cian, -sion and -tion

In this worksheet, students have the opportunity to revise the different rules for adding the 'shun' suffix to words.

'Revise Your Suffixes: -cian, -sion and -tion' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Spelling: Prefixes & Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

There are many different ways of making the 'shun' sound at the end of words.

For example:

nation    magician    television

 

It can be hard to know which suffix to use, but there are rules to help.

 

If the root word ends in c, then the suffix is usually cian. This is often the case with the jobs people do.

optic    optician

 

If the root word ends in d, de, s or se, then the suffix is usually sion.

provide    provision

confuse    confusion

 

Otherwise the suffix is usually tion.

direct    direction

reduce    reduction

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

politic

politician

politision

politition

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

decide

decician

decision

decition

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

pollute

pollucian

pollusion

pollution

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

corrode

corrocian

corrosion

corrotion

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

electric

electrician

electrision

electrition

Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

promote

Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

collide

Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

tactic

For the final two questions you need to read the sentences and decide which 'shun' word has been spelt wrongly. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

Marvo was a great magician. He often appeared on television productions and was very popular. His tricks caused a lot of confution amongst his audience, who were often looking in the wrong direction when something amazing happened.

Read the sentences and decide which 'shun' word has been spelt wrongly. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

Paul couldn't make a decision about the direction his career should take once he had finished his educasion. He was good at numbers so thought he might become a mathematician or statistician, but he also liked science and thought he might become an optician.

  • Question 1

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

politic

CORRECT ANSWER
politician
  • Question 2

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

decide

CORRECT ANSWER
decision
  • Question 3

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

pollute

CORRECT ANSWER
pollution
  • Question 4

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

corrode

CORRECT ANSWER
corrosion
  • Question 5

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

electric

CORRECT ANSWER
electrician
  • Question 6

Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

promote

CORRECT ANSWER
promotion
  • Question 7

Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

collide

CORRECT ANSWER
collision
  • Question 8

Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

tactic

CORRECT ANSWER
tactician
  • Question 9

For the final two questions you need to read the sentences and decide which 'shun' word has been spelt wrongly. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

Marvo was a great magician. He often appeared on television productions and was very popular. His tricks caused a lot of confution amongst his audience, who were often looking in the wrong direction when something amazing happened.

CORRECT ANSWER
confusion
  • Question 10

Read the sentences and decide which 'shun' word has been spelt wrongly. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

Paul couldn't make a decision about the direction his career should take once he had finished his educasion. He was good at numbers so thought he might become a mathematician or statistician, but he also liked science and thought he might become an optician.

CORRECT ANSWER
education
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