Year 3 Spelling

01 May 2015

Posted on Friday 01 May 2015 by Mrs Freeman

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.

  • repel
  • attract
  • magnet
  • friction
  • force
  • iron
  • copper
  • pole
  • materials
  • gravity
  • Extra challenge, use the root word ‘act’ to create a word family.

24th April 2015

Posted on Thursday 23 April 2015 by Mrs Freeman

This week’s spellings focus on prefixes and suffixes.

  • untied
  • unhappy
  • dislike
  • disagree
  • dangerous
  • comfortable
  • impossible
  • kindness
  • decrease
  • accidentally

Can your child identify the prefix or suffix in each word?

27 March 2015

Posted on Friday 27 March 2015 by Mrs Valentine

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

Posted on Thursday 12 March 2015 by Mrs Valentine

The spellings this week are ordinal numbers, which link to our maths learning:

1st first
2nd second
3rd third
4th fourth
5th fifth
6th sixth
7th seventh
8th eighth
9th ninth
10th tenth

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

Posted on Thursday 05 March 2015 by Mrs Valentine

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:

1. there their they’re
2. right write
3. which witch
4. knight night
5. hair hare
6. eight ate
7. weight wait
8. your you’re
9. to too two
10. heal heel he’ll

As always, call in if you’d like any ideas on how to best to teach these words – they’re tricky!

27 February 2015

Posted on Monday 02 March 2015 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s spellings focus on adverbs. These words tend to end in ‘ly’ but be careful – not all adverbs follow this rule.

  • accidentally
  • definitely
  • increasingly
  • importantly
  • naturally
  • peculiarly
  • actually
  • certainly
  • completely
  • strangely

Be sure to be on the look out for these words when reading with your child each night!

06 February 2015

Posted on Friday 06 February 2015 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s spellings link to a spelling rule: drop the ‘y’ for an ‘i’.

  • vary – various
  • ordinary – ordinarily
  • naughty-naughtily
  • 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

Posted on Friday 30 January 2015 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s spellings will help improve our knowledge of letter strings:

  • eight
  • height
  • weight
  • reign
  • sleight
  • freight
  • seventh
  • twelfth
  • length
  • strength

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

Posted on Friday 23 January 2015 by Mrs Valentine

This week, our spellings are helping us to learn to double up for a short vowel sound.

  • address
  • (dis) appear
  • arrive
  • different
  • difficult
  • grammar
  • opposite
  • possess/possession
  • possible
  • suppose

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

Posted on Friday 16 January 2015 by Mrs Valentine

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.

  • accident
  • bicycle
  • address
  • answer
  • business
  • belief
  • surprise
  • difficulty
  • experience
  • experiment

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.