01 May 2015
The spellings this week are linked with our current science topic of magnets and forces. Also, in class, we’re looking closely at root words, prefixes and suffixes. Added to the end of the spelling list is an extra challenge. Using the root word ‘act’ the children need to build a word family. For example, actress, action, acting.
- Extra challenge, use the root word ‘act’ to create a word family.
24th April 2015
This week’s spellings focus on prefixes and suffixes.
Can your child identify the prefix or suffix in each word?
27 March 2015
This week, Years 3 and 4 have received no new spellings to learn. Instead, we’ll be focussing on spellings your child has learnt throughout this current year (these will already be in their learning list book).
Revision will help your child get 100% in the spelling test next Thursday on words they’ve had this year – it’s important to revisit learning in order to consolidate what they already know!
13 March 2015
The spellings this week are ordinal numbers, which link to our maths learning:
Make sure your child knows the link between the numerical representation and the full word. Can your child recall the ordinal numbers for the dates in each month?
06 March 2015
This week’s spellings are homophones. These are words which sound the same but are spelt differently and mean different things. Be sure to test your child by including one of the spellings in a sentence so that they know which version of the word is required:
As always, call in if you’d like any ideas on how to best to teach these words – they’re tricky!
27 February 2015
This week’s spellings focus on adverbs. These words tend to end in ‘ly’ but be careful – not all adverbs follow this rule.
Be sure to be on the look out for these words when reading with your child each night!
06 February 2015
This week’s spellings link to a spelling rule: drop the ‘y’ for an ‘i’.
- vary – various
- ordinary – ordinarily
- history – historically
- library – libraries
- century – centuries
- busy – business (busies)
- healthy – healthier
- dictionary – dictionaries
- cherry – cherries
Try: sticking these words around your house; chant these aloud on your way to school or up and down the stairs at home!
Parents’ evening is next week so ask your child’s teacher to suggest some new ways to learn spellings to liven up your child’s spelling practice!
30 January 2015
This week’s spellings will help improve our knowledge of letter strings:
Want to help your child? The first six words are quite tricky; they all have the same ‘letter string’ – eigh.
- get your child to chant this: march around the room shouting ‘E, I, G, H’ in time to the march
- write just this letter string on Post It notes around the house
- practise handwriting just ‘eigh’
Want an extra challenge? Although your child may feel confident with some of these spellings, these are listed in the 2013 National Curriculum as words which children in Years 3 and 4 are required to know how to spell. Challenge your child’s understanding of letter strings by searching for other letter strings in the books you read together each evening.
Stuck in a rut with your spelling practice? If you want new ways of practising spellings, pop in and we’ll try to give new ideas for your child’s learning at home.
23 January 2015
This week, our spellings are helping us to learn to double up for a short vowel sound.
- (dis) appear
Learning to double up for a short vowel sound is really important as it’s a really common spelling. Try spotting other words which follow this rule.
Struggling to think of ways to help your child with their spelling practice? Pop in and ask for a few handy tips!
16 January 2015
The spellings this week focus on nouns. Nouns are used to name people, places or things. Every sentence includes at least one noun or pronoun so that we know who or what the sentence is talking about.
When reading with your child, ensure you can identify these types of words together.
Fact: The word time is the most commonly used noun in the English language.