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St Paul's C of E Primary School

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Week 3

Spelling activity


This week’s spelling rule is adding the suffix -ly.


A suffix is a group of letters added on to the end of a word to make a new word with a different meaning. 


When you add -ly to the end of the root word, there are some rules you need to remember.


Rule 1 – The suffix ‘ly’ starts with a consonant so it is added straight to most root words. E.g Kind becomes kindly.

Rule 2 -  If the root word ends in a ‘y’, then you need to change the ‘y’ to an ‘I’ before adding ‘ly’. But only if the root word is more than one syllable. E,g Happy becomes happily.

Rule 3 – If the root word ends in ‘le’, then the ‘le’ is changed to an ‘ly’. E.g Simple becomes simply.

Rule 4 -  if the root word ends in ‘ic’ then you need to add ‘al’ before ‘ly’ to make ‘ally’. E.g Frantic becomes frantically.


Underneath are a list of root words. Add ‘ly’ to these words using the 4 rules to help you.


quick                late                  close                       happy                     funny                 lucky             gentle       

humble           basic                 frantic                    dramatic                friend               simple            nice

kind                 week                lone                        near                        free  



Spelling Test













  • Practise writing these words out neatly using your joined handwriting.
  • Practise spelling them using the look, say, cover, write and check technique or use another technique like the pyramid one.
  • Try to use them in a sentence.
  • Ask someone to test you on them on Friday.