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St Paul's C of E Primary School

Heathside Grove

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Week 4

Spelling activity


This week’s spelling rule is recapping and 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.


Here are some root words we looked at last week. Write some sentences with these words but remember to add the ‘ly’.

For example:  I ran up the hill quickly.


quick                late                 happy                     funny                 lucky             gentle       

dramatic                friend                  kind                 week               



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.