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Year 5 Term 2 ii - KS2 spelling resources - less common prefixes and suffixes

This resource revises learning on prefixes, and introduces antonyms and the prefixes ir, il, im and in.


  • Prefix revision: Revisits prefixes covered in previous units - un, dis, and mis, with an activity for children to change the sentences to the opposite meaning by using one of them. It then looks at anti, non, and de, with examples of words.
  • Introduction to antonyms and the prefix ir: A recap on the prefixes and definitions for forming opposites that the children already know; an explanation of antonym, and an introduction to making antonyms by adding 'ir', with an explanation of when it is used.
  • The prefix il: Introduces the prefix, and explains when it is used. Gives some examples of words with the prefix il.
  • The prefix im: As above, with im.
  • The prefix in: As above, with in
  • Prefixes to make opposites: Examples of words where in, il, im, or ir are added to make opposites, for a quick write activity.
  • Recap of new prefixes: Looks at the new prefixes, and when to use them, then gives examples of sentences to change to the opposite meaning by using one of the prefixes.
  • Antonym revisit: Recap of the term antonym and the prefixes used to make the meaning the opposite, then a quick write activity with a list of words to add prefixes to.


  • Wordsearch -ir: (with and without clues)
  • Prefix research - ad: Worksheet for children to use to find appropriate words.
  • Prefix research - af: As above
  • Prefix research - ag: As above
  • Prefix research - al: As above
  • Prefix research - ap: As above
  • Prefix research - as: As above
  • Jigsaw cards - ir im in and il words: A set of root words and prefix cards
  • Jigsaw cards - non and anti: A set of root words and prefix cards
  • Poster: Different ways of saying 'not' - heading for the children to design a poster (3 versions)
  • Worksheet - house for sale: Text for the children to rewrite to make antonyms of words.
  • Words to dictate: A table of words to use in dictation, or making sentences for the children to write the opposites.
  • Worksheet - missing negative words: For the children to change the words into the negative meaning.

Planning Y5 Term 2ii - An outline of the unit plan, showing where the above resources fit in.
Word list Y5 Term 2ii - Lists of words using the prefixes un dis non anti mis ir in im and il, to use in the unit.


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