With so many unseen texts in the new GCSE and an emphasis on challenging texts from KS3 upwards, it’s becoming all the more important for students to unlock the meaning of unfamiliar words on their own.
To prepare students for this daunting experience, you might be looking at the patterns that exist in English. In our latest guest newsletter, Victoria Honeybourne and Emela Milne devised a prefix and suffix slider to support students’ learning of these essential ‘parts’. Their newsletter and supporting resource is here.
If your students need some practice in recognising common patterns including negative words, then the resource Making negative words draws attention to common prefixes that perform this role.
If, on the other hand, your students are ready to face more complex words, then Work out the words might be more helpful.