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Use Different Suffixes in Spelling

In this worksheet, students will be asked to rehearse and practise spelling a variety of words, with a range of suffixes from the Year 5 and 6 statutory word list.

'Use Different Suffixes in Spelling ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Root Word Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this activity, you will be asked to practise spelling a range of words, use the following strategy to help you.

 

Look, say, cover, write, check!

 

Have a look at the word shoulder. Then, use these top tips below to help you learn to spell this word correctly.

 

 

 

Look at the shape of the word, notice which letters are taller and which ones are shorter.

 

 

 

Say the word aloud, what sounds can you hear? Repeat the word a few times so you can hear each sound clearly.

 

 

 

Cover up the word. You can put your hand over the top of the word, or simply close your eyes.

Now you can see the word in your mind. Maybe you can write it in the air using your favourite colour?

Open your eyes to check. Have you spelt it correctly?

In this activity, you will practise how to use and spell four different suffixes.

Suffixes are either a letter or a group of letters that go at the end of a word.

suffix can change or add to a word's meaning.

First, we will study the word list with the 'ent' ending/suffix.

The words in this list have a weak vowel sound in the final syllable, spelt with the letter 'e'.

 

Can you insert a word with the suffix 'ent' into each space?

Again, let's practise the word list with the 'ent' ending/suffix.

The words in this list have a weak vowel sound in the final syllable, spelt with the letter 'e'.

 

Below are some root words, can you correctly add the suffix 'ent'?

Here are some more words with the suffix 'ent'.

 

However, not all are spelt correctly, can you select the word with the incorrect spelling?

Development

Prevent

Setlement

Comment

Now, we will study the word list with the 'ant' ending/suffix.

The words in this list have a weak vowel sound in the final syllable, spelt with the letter 'a'.

 

Can you insert a word with the suffix 'ant' into each space?

Development

Prevent

Setlement

Comment

Again, let's practice the word list with the 'ant' ending/suffix.

The words in this list have a weak vowel sound in the final syllable, spelt with the letter 'a'.

 

Below are words with the suffix 'ant', can you identify the misspelt word?

Vacant

Relevent

Tolerant

Triumphant

Below are a list of words using either the suffix 'ant' or 'ent', can you select only the words that are correctly spelt?

 RelevantRedundentHesitantAnciantConvenientDecent
Correctly Spelt Words

Now, let's look at the word list with the 'ance' ending/suffix.

The words in this list have a weak vowel sound in the final syllable, spelt with the letter 'a'.

We use 'ance' when the base word is an adjective that ends in 'ant'.

We use 'ance' when the base word is is a verb that ends in -ure or -ear.

We will also use 'ance'  if the base word is a verb that ends in 'y'.

 

Can you insert a word with the suffix 'ance' into each space?

 RelevantRedundentHesitantAnciantConvenientDecent
Correctly Spelt Words

Here are some more words with the suffix 'ance'.

 

However, not all are spelt correctly, can you select the word with the incorrect spelling?

Arrogance

Defance

Fragrance

Radiance

Now, let's look at the word list with the 'ancy' ending/suffix.

The words in this list have a weak vowel sound in the final syllable, spelt with the letter 'a'.

There is no fixed rule on when you should use 'ance' or 'ancy'- this will depend on the word.

However, if the root word is a verb that ends in -ate, you will likely use -ancy.

For example: 'expectancy' or 'accountancy'.

 

Can you insert a word with the suffix 'ancy' into each space?

Arrogance

Defance

Fragrance

Radiance

Below are some sentences with a missing word.

 

Can you insert the words that use the suffix 'ancy' into the correct place?

 

flippancy     

buoyancy     

accountancy

Arrogance

Defance

Fragrance

Radiance

  • Question 1

First, we will study the word list with the 'ent' ending/suffix.

The words in this list have a weak vowel sound in the final syllable, spelt with the letter 'e'.

 

Can you insert a word with the suffix 'ent' into each space?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this first question? It was quite a tricky start! Once you can see the correct spelling for each word, remember to use the tip - look, cover, say, write and check. This method will help the word become more familiar for the next time you want to spell it!
  • Question 2

Again, let's practise the word list with the 'ent' ending/suffix.

The words in this list have a weak vowel sound in the final syllable, spelt with the letter 'e'.

 

Below are some root words, can you correctly add the suffix 'ent'?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
There are quite a few words in the English language that have either the suffix 'ant' or 'ent'. These words are all useful to memorise as ones which use 'ent'. When you are practising spelling, check you understand the meaning of each word. Absorbent = to soak up liquid easily. Dependent = needing something or someone for support. Existent = alive and living. Insistent = demanding something and not accepting refusal.
  • Question 3

Here are some more words with the suffix 'ent'.

 

However, not all are spelt correctly, can you select the word with the incorrect spelling?

CORRECT ANSWER
Setlement
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the mistake? Option three is spelt incorrectly, it should have a double 'tt', making the correct spelling 'settlement'.
  • Question 4

Now, we will study the word list with the 'ant' ending/suffix.

The words in this list have a weak vowel sound in the final syllable, spelt with the letter 'a'.

 

Can you insert a word with the suffix 'ant' into each space?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this question? It's quite tricky to swap from 'ent' to 'ant' spellings but you're doing well!
  • Question 5

Again, let's practice the word list with the 'ant' ending/suffix.

The words in this list have a weak vowel sound in the final syllable, spelt with the letter 'a'.

 

Below are words with the suffix 'ant', can you identify the misspelt word?

CORRECT ANSWER
Relevent
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find the mistake? The incorrectly spelt word is option two, it should have the suffix 'ant' and be spelt as 'relevant'.
  • Question 6

Below are a list of words using either the suffix 'ant' or 'ent', can you select only the words that are correctly spelt?

CORRECT ANSWER
 RelevantRedundentHesitantAnciantConvenientDecent
Correctly Spelt Words
EDDIE SAYS
There were four correctly spelt words, using the most suitable suffix, they are: relevant, hesitant, convenient and decent. 'Redundent' and 'anciant' both had the incorrect suffix. Correctly spelt, they look like this: redundant and ancient. You’re making great progress!
  • Question 7

Now, let's look at the word list with the 'ance' ending/suffix.

The words in this list have a weak vowel sound in the final syllable, spelt with the letter 'a'.

We use 'ance' when the base word is an adjective that ends in 'ant'.

We use 'ance' when the base word is is a verb that ends in -ure or -ear.

We will also use 'ance'  if the base word is a verb that ends in 'y'.

 

Can you insert a word with the suffix 'ance' into each space?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this tricky word list using the suffix 'ance'? Don't worry if you found this challenging, we'll practise some more!
  • Question 8

Here are some more words with the suffix 'ance'.

 

However, not all are spelt correctly, can you select the word with the incorrect spelling?

CORRECT ANSWER
Defance
EDDIE SAYS
Great focus if you spotted the error! Option two is incorrect as it's missing the letter 'i'. It should be spelt as 'defiance'.
  • Question 9

Now, let's look at the word list with the 'ancy' ending/suffix.

The words in this list have a weak vowel sound in the final syllable, spelt with the letter 'a'.

There is no fixed rule on when you should use 'ance' or 'ancy'- this will depend on the word.

However, if the root word is a verb that ends in -ate, you will likely use -ancy.

For example: 'expectancy' or 'accountancy'.

 

Can you insert a word with the suffix 'ancy' into each space?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
You're getting better at this with each question attempt! Again, always check you know both the spelling and the meaning of each word.
  • Question 10

Below are some sentences with a missing word.

 

Can you insert the words that use the suffix 'ancy' into the correct place?

 

flippancy     

buoyancy     

accountancy

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Practice makes perfect! That’s another activity ticked off!
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