When I was reading one of my daughter’s stories I noticed that she had a tendency to drop double letters when she combined prefixes with root words so I thought it would be good to revisit the idea of prefixes (eg – un + natural = unnatural – when you combine your prefix with your root word you don’t drop any letters – straight forward rule but a good spelling rule to know). I also wanted to make sure that she understood what the different meanings of the prefixes are.

I picked out a few words in one of the books that she is reading and we spoke about the root word and how adding different prefixes to a root word would change the meaning. We also tested out the spelling rule (she double checked a few words in her dictionary just to make sure the spelling rule does work – always good to prove it to yourself).

Then we looked at a few exercises in workbooks that we had at home ( Understanding English: Spelling : KS2 English Study Book, Ages 7-11 and Understanding English: Vocabulary: KS2 English Study Book, Ages 7-11). Both of these workbook had 2 pages each on prefixes, which was handy.

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However my daughter suggested it would be nice to have a list of what the different prefixes were and their meanings. So we came up with this list – very simple just in a word document but I also created a second page where the meanings are empty.

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But as handy as our list is I know my daughter is a very visual learner and she likes having pages stuck up on our notice boards and the list just looked a bit boring. So we came up with a colourful cloud version (have no idea why we went for clouds but we did). And it looks like this.

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I am attaching both of the documents for anyone who wants to use them.

Prefixes list and meanings created by ofamily learning together

prefixes in clouds bigger v2 created by ofamily learning together

admin bit -The documents I have attached are free for anyone to download and use.  However please don’t go and repost them on your own site.  They were created by my daughter and myself

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Prefixes - Free to download prefix clouds created by ofamily learning together

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Home educating family based in the UK. We try to make learning fun
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