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Spellings

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  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
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Reception

Spelling WorksheetsSpelling starts after the phonic sounds are learnt, and of course your child is able to write the letters.

Learn phonics here.
Learn to write the letters here.

When you feel your child is ready there are lists of simple letters using the basic phonic sounds. Practice a few at a time, your child should be able to spell these with their phonic knowledge.

Spellings with s a t p i n
Two and three letter words using only the letters s a t p i n.
Spellings with c k e h r m d
Three letter words using the letters s a t p i n c k e h r m d.
Spellings with g o u l f b
Three letter words using the letters s a t p i n c k e h r m d g o u l f b.
Spellings with j z w v x
Three letter words using the letters s a t p i n c k e h r m d g o u l f b j z w v x .
Words & PicturesWords and Pictures worksheets
A selection of worksheets to work on spellings with the letters above. Select the letter you want to practice.


Year 1

Spell all 100 common words

Throughout Year 1 & Year 2 children are expected to learn how to spell the first 100 words which are commonly used in reading and writing.

Top TipSome of these do not follow the normal phonic rules and are known as 'tricky' words. Here there is no trick to learning to spell these words they just have to know.

First 100 Words Check List
Print off this check list of the first 100 words your child should learn to spell.
Pirate SpellingPirate Spelling
Help Max teach his parrot new words by choosing or writing the right letters to fill in the gaps. Choose Medium.
Starwords - spellingStarwords
This activity provides practice at sight recognition and spelling of the 200 or so high frequency words by their shape.

Rhyming words

Two words rhyme when they end with the same sound.

star, car
cat, mat

River RhymingRiver Rhyming
Help Max cross the river by choosing the rhyming word. Choose Medium.
What rhymes with...
Write down words that rhyme with the one shown.

Adding 'ing', 'ed',

Add ing to a word to show that something is happening now.

rain + ing = raining
dust + ing = dusting

Add ed to a word to show that it has happened in the past.

push + ed = pushed
open + ed = opened

Spelling Checklist - Words ending with 'ing' and 'ed'
Print off this check list and test your spelling skills.
Words ending with 'ing' and 'ed'
Can you spell these words again adding 'ing' or 'ed'?

Year 2

Spell all 200 common words

Throughout Year 2 children are expected to learn how to spell the first 200 words which are commonly used in reading and writing.

Top TipSome of these do not follow the normal phonic rules and are known as 'tricky' words. Here there is no trick to learning to spell these words they just have to know.

First 200 Words Check List
Print off this check list of the first 200 words your child should learn to spell.

Words with ai sounds

ai

Use 'ai' spell words like:

rain, pain, train

ay

There are other words which also have the 'ai' sound but these are spelt with a 'ay'. These can be:

play, day, say

a-e

Spelling checklist - Words with ai sound
Test your spelling skills with this checklist for 'ai' sounds.
Long 'ai' sound sorting
Sort the words into the different long 'ai' sound spellings.

Words with the 'j' sound

The 'j' sound can either be spelt using ge or adding dge

village
edge

Spelling checklist - Words with 'j' sound
Test your spelling skills with this checklist for 'j' sounds.

Alphabetical order

Phonics are the sounds letters make when you read them. Letters also have names. The order we say the letters is called the alphabet. Learning the alphabet helps you put words in alphabetical order.

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Roy's alphabetical order gameRoy's alphabetical order game
Little Mo has found a word plant. Can you help her put the words into alphabetical order?
Alphabetical adventureAlphabetical adventure
Help Molly play a tune by jumping over the keys in alphabetical order.

Vowels & Consonants

There are five vowels in the alphabet.

a e i o u

All the rest of the letters of the alphabet are called consonants.

b c d f g h j k l m n p q s t v w x y z

Rhyming words

River RhymingRiver Rhyming
Help Max cross the river by choosing the rhyming word. Choose Hard or Really Hard.

Using phonics to spell

Deep Sea PhonicsDeep Sea Phonics
Help Molly open the treasure chests by choosing the sounds that make up the words.
Pirate SpellingPirate Spelling
Help Max teach his parrot new words by choosing or writing the right letters to fill in the gaps. Choose Hard or Really Hard.

Plurals

A plural means that there is more than one of something.

Add an s to the end of a word.

shop > shops
book > books

Singlar or pluralSingular or plural
Sort the words into singular or plural. Match the singular with its plural and choose presents for Lucy.

Words ending in ch, sh, x or s

If a word already ends with ch, sh, x or s add es to make it plural.

church > churches
 ash > ash
es   
fox > foxes
class > classes

Words ending in f or fe

If a word ends in f or fe change those letters to ves.

loaf > loaves
knife > knives

If a word ends in ff you only add a s on, none of the other letters change.

cuff > cuffs
puff > puffs

Words ending in y

If a word ends in y there are two way to spell it as a plural.

If the letter before the y is a vowel (a, e, i, o, u), just add s.

monkey > monkeys
holiday > holidays

If the letter before the y is a consonant (any other letter), change the y into ies.

puppy > puppies
country > counties

Remember:

"Change the y into i
and add es."

Words ending with o

Words that end with an o either add s or es.

piano > pianos
potato > potatoes
tomato > tomatoes

Words that don't change

Some words don't change if there is more than one.

1 fish > 2 fish
1 sheep > 2 sheep

Words that change completely

Some words become other words when they are plural.

man > men
tooth > teeth
mouse > mice

Plural fishing gamePlural fishing game
Can you hook your gnome the right plural? Practice the bike = bikes rule.
Plural Rules
Print and remember the plural rules.
Spelling plurals
Write the correct spellings for the words listed to make the plural using the rules you have learnt.

Adding 'ing', 'ed', 'er', 'est', 'y'

Words ending with y

If the word ends with y, change the y into i and add the ending.

NoteDon't add the i if you are adding ing or you will get ii in the middle of the word.

copy + i + ing = copying
cry + i + ed = cried
happy + i + er = happier
happy + i + est = happiest

Words ending with e

If the word ends with e, remove the e and add the ending.

ache + ing = aching
hike + ed = hiked
bike + er = biker
nice + est = nicest
shine + y = shiny

NoteThis rule doesn't work for the word being.

 

Words that end with a vowel and then a consonant

Adding 'ing' changes the word into something that is happening now.

rain + ing = raining

Adding 'ed' changes the word into something that has happened.

rain + ed = rained

Adding 'ed' changes the word into something that has happened.

rain + ed = rained

The rules:

If the word ends with e, take off the e and add ing

come + ing = coming
make + ing = making

If the word ends with y just add ing

cry + ing = crying
fly + ing = flying

If the word ends with a vowel + consonant, double the last letter.

shop + p + ing = shopping
run + n + ing = running

If a word ends with w or x don't double the last letter.

draw + ing = drawing
mix + ing = mixing

Adding 'ing' spelling checklist
Now you know the rules see if you can spell these words ending with 'ing'.

Add ed to a word to show that it has happened in the past.

push + ed = pushed
open + ed = opened

I can use common graphemes in my writing eg. ai ay a-e

Phonic SandcastlesPhonic Sand castles
Choose a phoneme. A word containing a gap will appear in the sand. Listen to Colin the Clam say the complete word then click on the sand pie with the right spelling for the missing phoneme.
Spelling Patterns Mat
20 phonemes, their alternative spellings and example words for each spelling.

Year 3

Advanced spelling

Word balloonWord Balloon
A fun take on the classic hangman game! Try to guess Lennox's letters. For every guess you get wrong, one of his balloons will pop. Accidentally pop all 11 balloons, and you're out!

Homophones

Homophones are words that sound the same but mean different things and have different spellings.

there, their, they're

 
there - meaning a place Your coat is over there.
their - meaning belonging to someone Their coat is by the door.
they're - short for they are. They're playing outside.
   

where, were, we're, wear

 
where - meaning a place. Where are you going?
were - meaning past tense of are Were you at school today?
we're - short for we are. We're going to the cinema.
wear - meaning to be dressed in something. I'm am going to wear my boots.
   

your, you 're

 
your - meaning belonging to someone. Your cat is outside.
you're - short for you are. You're my best friend.
   

to, too, two

 
to - meaning to show direction. I'm off to the seaside today.
too - meaning also or more of something. I'm going to the seaside too.
That is too much ice cream!
two - meaning the number My bother is two today.
Common Homophones poster
A set of 4 simple posters to show children when to use the different spellings of homophones.

Fish-em-upFish-em-up
Select the correct spelling of adding 'ed' to root words.
Adding edAdding ed
Select the correct spelling of adding 'ed' to root words.

Year 4

Words ending with 'ic', 'ary', 'al'

For example:

music
dictionary
real

Adding 'ic', 'ary', 'al' spelling checklist
Have a go at spelling these words that end with 'ic', 'ary', or 'al'.

Suffixes - adding 'ness', 'ment', 'ship'

Suffixes are letters you can add to a root word to make another word.


kind + ness = kindness
move + ment = movement
friend + ship = friendship

Adding 'ness', 'ment', 'ship' spelling checklist
Have a go at spelling these common words that end with 'ness', 'ment', or 'ship'.

Advanced spelling

My Word
Use the keyboard to create words based of the cubes in the front row. The key to the game is to think ahead and for maximum points.
DictionariesDictionaries
Big Babies' Private Popper.

Suffixes - adding 'tion', 'sion', 'cian'

Words that end in 'shun' are spelt in three different ways. Here are the rules.

tion

Words that end with t or te, remove these letters and add tion.

invent = invention
translate = translation

sion

Words that end with d, de or se, add sion.

expand = expandsion
collide = collision
confuse = confusion

Words that end with ss or mit, add ssion.

confess = confession
permit = permission

cian

Words that end with c or cs, add cian.

magic = magician
politics = politician

Spelling sheet - words ending with 'tion', 'sion', 'cian'
Practice spelling words with these endings.
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