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Use Different Suffixes in Spelling

In this worksheet, students will be asked to rehearse how to spell 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 'ence' ending/suffix.

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

 

We use 'ence' when the base word is a verb that ends in 'ere'.

Remove the final 'e' then add 'ence'.

For example: some religions have a special reverence for the city of Jerusalem.

 

We also use 'ence' when the base word is an adjective that ends in 'ent'.

Remove 'ent' and add 'ence'.

For example: when you have a baby sleeping close by, 'silence' is very important!

 

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

Below are some sentences with a missing word.

 

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

 

experience

defence

science

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

 

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

Intelligence

Persistence

Afflunce

Opulence

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

Some words that end in 'ent' can be changed to nouns by using the ending 'ency'.

 

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

Intelligence

Persistence

Afflunce

Opulence

Again, let's rehearse the word list with the 'ency' ending/suffix.

 

Below are words with the suffix 'ency', can you identify the mispelt word?

Inconsistancy

Proficiency

Indecency

Tendency

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

 FluencyAgancyLeniancyConsultancyInfancyExpectency
Words That Are Correctly Spelt

Now, let's look at how to add suffixes to 'fer' ending words.

We have to double the r if the 'fer' is stressed when the ending is added.

 

For example: with the root word 'prefer' 

You have to double the r for 'preferred' or 'preferring'.

 

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

 FluencyAgancyLeniancyConsultancyInfancyExpectency
Words That Are Correctly Spelt

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

 

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

Conferring

Misinfering

Preferring

Retransferring

Now, let's look at how to add suffixes to 'fer' ending words.

The 'r' is not doubled if the 'fer' is no longer stressed.

 

For example: when dealing with the root word 'prefer', you do not double the 'r' for preference, preferable or preferably.

 

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

Conferring

Misinfering

Preferring

Retransferring

Below are some sentences with a missing word.

 

Can you insert the words that use the suffix 'fer' stressed and unstressed into the correct place?

 

referee     

preference     

referral

 

Conferring

Misinfering

Preferring

Retransferring

  • Question 1

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

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

 

We use 'ence' when the base word is a verb that ends in 'ere'.

Remove the final 'e' then add 'ence'.

For example: some religions have a special reverence for the city of Jerusalem.

 

We also use 'ence' when the base word is an adjective that ends in 'ent'.

Remove 'ent' and add 'ence'.

For example: when you have a baby sleeping close by, 'silence' is very important!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this first question? It was a challenging start so don't worry if you struggled. 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

Below are some sentences with a missing word.

 

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

 

experience

defence

science

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
There are quite a few words in the English language that have the suffix 'ence'. These words are all useful to memorise. When you are practising spelling, check you understand the meaning of each word. Experience = the process of getting knowledge or a skill from seeing or doing something. Science = the study of the physical and the natural world. Defence = resisting attack.
  • Question 3

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Afflunce
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the mistake? Option three is incorrectly spelt, it is missing the 'e' in the suffix. Correctly spelt, it looks like this: affluence. Again, remember to check that you understand the meaning of each word by using a thesaurus! Let's continue.
  • Question 4

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

Some words that end in 'ent' can be changed to nouns by using the ending 'ency'.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this question? The suffix 'ency' is less common than 'ence' and there is no fixed rule about when you should use it.
  • Question 5

Again, let's rehearse the word list with the 'ency' ending/suffix.

 

Below are words with the suffix 'ency', can you identify the mispelt word?

CORRECT ANSWER
Inconsistancy
EDDIE SAYS
The incorrect spelling is option one, it should have the suffix 'ency' and be spelt as 'inconsistency'. Great work if you spotted that!
  • Question 6

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 FluencyAgancyLeniancyConsultancyInfancyExpectency
Words That Are Correctly Spelt
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find marking this question? There were three correctly spelt words, using the most suitable suffix, they are: fluency, consultancy and infancy. Agancy, leniancy and expectency all have the incorrect suffix. Correctly spelt, they look like this: agency, leniency and expectancy.
  • Question 7

Now, let's look at how to add suffixes to 'fer' ending words.

We have to double the r if the 'fer' is stressed when the ending is added.

 

For example: with the root word 'prefer' 

You have to double the r for 'preferred' or 'preferring'.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this tricky word list using the suffix 'fer'? Remember, the r is doubled if the '–fer' is still stressed when the ending is added.
  • Question 8

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Misinfering
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the error? Option two is incorrect as it's missing the double 'r'. It should be spelt as 'misinferring'. Take a deep breath, you've got this.
  • Question 9

Now, let's look at how to add suffixes to 'fer' ending words.

The 'r' is not doubled if the 'fer' is no longer stressed.

 

For example: when dealing with the root word 'prefer', you do not double the 'r' for preference, preferable or preferably.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this question using the suffix 'fer', unstressed?
  • Question 10

Below are some sentences with a missing word.

 

Can you insert the words that use the suffix 'fer' stressed and unstressed into the correct place?

 

referee     

preference     

referral

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, you were able to use the words in the correct context. Great focus, that’s another activity completed!
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