Year 3 Spelling

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.

09 January 2015

Posted on Friday 09 January 2015 by Mrs Valentine

The spellings this week focus on the rule: drop the ‘e’ for ‘ing’. This is a common spelling rule and as such, your child needs to be aware of when this rule applies:

  • arrive → arriving
  • believe → believing
  • breathe → breathing
  • cycle → cycling
  • centre → centring
  • circle → circling
  • complete → completing
  • continue → continuing
  • decide → deciding
  • describe → describing

When reading with your child each evening, try to spot if you can see this rule in the text. In addition, challenge your child by asking them which word class do ‘ing’ words belong to.

It’s Christmas…

Posted on Friday 12 December 2014 by Mr Roundtree

…so teachers are not giving new lists of spellings to learn this week.

If your child didn’t do so well in the Spellathon, please make sure (s)he keeps learning the spellings that you teacher has set this term.

The Department for Education has set out a list of 100 words which children in Y3,4 should know, and a further 100 words for children in Y5,6.  If you’d like to give your child a head-start, you might like to support your child in learning some of these.  The lists can be found on page 54 and page 61 of this document.

(This list is new for 2014; teachers have begun to include the words in their spelling lists.)

05 December 2014

Posted on Friday 05 December 2014 by Mrs O'Malley

This week’s times tables are the 8s.

Below are the phonics spellings for this week.

Scientific vocabulary

For the last two weeks, we’ve been doing lots of learning about rocks,
for our ‘What’s the matter?’ topic. Here are some interesting scientific
words that we’ve come across!

fossil

mold

soil

body

classify

resin

acid

trace

All children from A and B groups have the same spellings this week (see below).

Scientific vocabulary

For the last two weeks, we’ve been doing lots of learning about rocks,
for our ‘What’s the matter?’ topic. Here are some interesting scientific
words that we’ve come across!

permeable

scientific

impermeable

material

classify

properties

appearance

chalk

reaction

fossil

 

28 November 2014

Posted on Friday 28 November 2014 by Mrs O'Malley

This week’s spellings are a little different: there are 40 of them! These aren’t new words – they’re all words that the children have learned since the beginning of Year 3. As you know, we’re holding a sponsored ‘Spellathon’ next Friday (05 December) as part of our SEAL focus on remembering. Children should aim to correctly spell as many words as possible from the following lists:

Phonics spellings

1. splash 11. thick 21. obey 31. don’t
2. shift 12. Beth 22. prey 32. stone
3. some 13. today 23. body 33. window
4. chill 14. lake 24. cream 34. happiest
5. chest 15. Spain 25. speak 35. chillier
6. lunch 16. faint 26. dusty 36. luckiest
7. come 17. snake 27. mouldy 37. crispier
8. thump 18. apricot 28. shoulder 38. proud
9. this 19. they 29. yellow 39. brown
10. cloth 20. bacon 30. boast 40. shouted

 

Other spellings

1. stealthily 11. happier 21. your 31. laughed
2. desperately 12. tastier 22. you’re 32. gasped
3. noisily 13. heavier 23. there 33. walked
4. generously 14. highest 24. their 34. reached
5. politely 15. furthest 25. they’re 35. piercing
6. exciting 16. grateful 26. completely 36. changing
7. successful 17. thoughtful 27. unusually 37. managing
8. strangely 18. peaceful 28. joyfully 38. exploding
9. furious 19. beautiful 29. tried 39. sliding
10. enjoyed 20. wonderful 30. replied 40. writing