Many thanks to Rachel Killoch for this week’s Literacy Focus. Prefixes are the beginning bit of the root word (covered by me last week).  It’s really useful if students know these in isolation as it can help not only with their spelling but also the meaning of words.



Prefix: letters placed before a word, which change its meaning.

The most common are re meaning again; and dis, in/im/il/ir and un, all of which mean not!

il logical im possible


in justice


ir relevant
over looked


dis engaged


dis agree


un reliable



If that all sounds a bit negative, think of a word the following prefixes could be added to, to describe the picture…



super …….











(you need to scroll down the page a bit to find the prefix table)



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