09 September 2016
In a change from last year, spellings will be tested fortnightly, not weekly. This means there won’t be a test next week. Instead, you should spend more time not just practising the words but looking for other words which have the same sound in them. Sometimes, you will have spelling challenges do to to help your children deepen their learning of these and other words which fit the ‘sound’ or spelling rule .
Because of this extra time and practice, when it comes to the tests, the children won’t just be tested on the words in the initial list. I will choose some of the words from the list and some other words which fit the theme (the children will have been exposed to these extra words in class learning). Also, in future tests, some of the words from previous tests will be recapped to check that children are remembering what they have learnt.
The spellings this week do not follow a rule or pattern. Instead, I will just test the children on these words related to our topic:
Take a look at the sheet inside your Homework book called Can you become a master of spelling? This has lots of different strategies for learning words. Find a few which work for your child.
Have a happy and healthy holiday
It’s the summer holidays at last, so there are no homework or spelling activities. Enjoy the holidays instead!
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15 July 2016
vein, weigh, eight, neighbour , they, gardening
|young, touch, double,
disappoint, disagree, disobey
misbehave, mislead, misspell
sadly, completely, usually,
gently, simply, humbly, nobly
rain, rein, reign
heel, heal, he’ll
The above spellings include a lot of words that we have learnt this year; some words that follow the spelling rules that we have focused on and some words that may be new to your child. Like the Year 3/4 spelling list, this represents the sorts of spellings Year 3 children are expected to spell confidently.
We have spent a lot of time in class discussing effective ways of practising spellings. Your child will be able to explain the following techniques:
~drawing around spellings
Why not spend some time with your child trying out these different techniques?
Your child will be tested on eight of these spellings at the end of next week.
08 July 2016
This week’s spellings have all been taken from a recent spelling test we took as a class. The words are all “Year 3/4” words that pupils are expected to be able to spell (actually one isn’t but you will have to check the whole list which is in your child’s spelling book to find out which).
You may wish to discuss what spelling rules and patterns your child can see within these words. Do any spelling patterns apply to more than one spelling? (expression and television both have ‘sion’ suffix)
01 July 2016
As you know, we have had to close school on Friday 01 July – Shadwell Lane had its water turned off. For that reason, and because two classes are out of school today, there hasn’t been chance to set homework or spellings for this week.
Even though there is no set homework or spellings, please remember there are lots of things that the children can be doing to reflect on their learning from this week.
Again, I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the school closure.
24 June 2016
This week’s spellings all follow the double up for a short vowel sound rule and are from the Year 3/4 spelling curriculum.
Some of these spellings may seem familiar but it is essential that we keep revisiting the double up for a short vowel sound rule. Within this list, there are examples where the double up rule isn’t always followed. Can you child spot these? There is also a red herring within this list. Can you spot it?
double up for a short vowel sound
In English spelling, we come across two types of vowel sounds – short vowel sounds like ‘a’ in apple and ‘e’ in berry and long vowel sounds like ‘a’ in change. Usually (but not always), the consonants after a short vowel sound are doubled. For example, opposite has a short ‘o’ at the start and is followed by a pair of ‘p’s.
17 June 2016
This week’s spellings have come about as a result of all the spelling learning we have done around the letter w.
There are some homophones (two words that sound the same but are spelt differently), an irregular plural and some high frequency words that are commonly spelt wrong. Why not try encouraging your child to spot words within words to help memorise spellings (the response to “where?” could be “here!”)?
10 June 2016
This week’s spellings are brought to you by the letter ‘w‘. Here is a list of common ‘w‘ words. Go through these words with your child and decide which spellings they already know and which spellings they think they need to focus on learning. A very common error in class is using ‘Wh’ instead of ‘W’ (whent instead of went). On Friday, your child will be assessed through a dictation activity. The following week’s spellings will be based on the whole class’s results in that assessment.
Can your child spot any of our school spelling rules (drop the ‘y’ for an i, double up for a short vowel sound, drop the ‘e’ for ‘ing’)? Can your child spot any words within words to help them remember a spelling (warm)?
Summer Half Term
In line with our Homework Policy, there are no homework tasks or spellings to learn next week because it’s the Summer half-term holiday. Of course, there are plenty of ways to help your child continue learning: get reading, go places, talk lots!
Have a happy and healthy holiday.
20 May 2016
The week’s spellings all link in with money week.
Your child has nine spellings to learn and must find their own money word that they will also be tested on.