English KS2: Suffixes - part 2 of 4

It's explained that both suffixes 'ment' and 'ly' start with a consonant, which means they can usually be added to the root word without having to make any changes.

For example, adding the suffix 'ment' to 'place' gives us 'placement', with the root word remaining the same.

There are exceptions to this rule, such as, when adding the suffix 'ment' to root words that have more than one syllable and end in a consonant followed by a 'y', like 'merry', the 'y' is changed to an 'i', giving us 'merriment'.

Also, when adding the suffix 'ment' to 'argue', you must remove the 'e', giving us 'argument'.

The focus then turns to the suffix 'ly' and the four exceptions that have to be considered.

This short film is from the BBC series, Wonderful Words, a series of animated clips to support vocabulary knowledge.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used to introduce a greater understanding of suffixes and how they are added to words.

Pupils could be given a passage of text and asked to add the correct suffix.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant to teaching English at KS2 level in England and Northern Ireland and Second Level in Scotland.

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