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Investigate How Words Change: Adding -y

In this worksheet, students practise adding 'y' to words and noting how the spelling changes.

'Investigate How Words Change: Adding -y' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Year:  Year 2 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Apply Spelling Rules

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Worksheet Overview

We can add the letter 'y' to many words to make new words.

smell / smelly


Sometimes we simply add the 'y', but for some words we need to change the ending of the word first.

If the word ends in 'e' we drop the 'e' before we add the 'y'.

mouse / mousy 


If a noun has a short vowel sound just before the last letter we double the last letter before we add the 'y'.

cat / catty


If there are two consonants (letters that are not vowels) after the short vowel we don't need to double the last letter.

sand / sandy


If the vowel sound is long we don't double the last letter either.

cheek / cheeky

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