Year 4 Spelling

13 September 2019

Posted on Sunday 15 September 2019 by Miss Rushbrooke

This week’s spelling focuses on the ai and ee sounds. Practise these spellings – think about how creative you can be. There will be a test on Thursday 19 September (because we’re on our trip on Friday) where ten of these words will be tested.


ai ee
eight/eighth famous























06 September 2019

Posted on Friday 06 September 2019 by Miss Rushbrooke

This week’s spelling activity focuses on the ‘ai’ sound and the alternative graphemes for this sound: ai, ay, ey, a-e, eigh, aigh, a, ei, ea.

See how many words you can think of that include the ‘ai’ sound and record them in your homework book – try sorting them according to the grapheme use to make the ‘ai’ sound.

This homework is due on Thursday 12 October and there will be no test on Friday.

The times table focus this week is the 2 x table. This includes up to 12 x, including the division facts to go with it. Challenge your children by seeing whether they can use their 2 x table knowledge to answer 20 and 200 times table questions:

  • 3 x 2 = 6
  • 3 x 20 = 60
  • 3 x 200 = 600

Chn can record practice in their books but this is not compulsory. There will be a test on Friday 13 October.

5 July 2019

Posted on Friday 05 July 2019 by Mrs Freeman

For their spelling task, the children have been asked to create a game/puzzle to challenge a friend with. Using the spellings from this year, the class can be as creative as they like. We discussed some ideas in class.

Also, as an alternative, the children could do the above with the times tables they have learnt during the year.

This needs to be returned by Thursday 11th July ready for our game playing review.

28 June 2019

Posted on Saturday 29 June 2019 by Mr Owen


Children have been asked to write sentences using a variety of homophones (words that sound the same but have different spellings).

Some examples:

  • I know that you’re going to their house too.
  • Where are you having your main meal?
  • She might see a light coloured sea.

Silly sentences are fine, as long as the homophones are used correctly!

21 June 2019

Posted on Saturday 22 June 2019 by Mr Owen

This week, we’d like children to revise all of the spelling patterns and rules that they’ve been taught this year.

Use the Y3/4 spelling list in books for examples of the words they might need to spell in next week’s end of year test.


14 June 2019

Posted on Saturday 15 June 2019 by Mr Owen

We’ve learnt three patterns when changing adjectives to adverbs ending in ‘ly’.

  • When an adjective ends in an ‘e’

Drop the ‘e’, and add a ‘y’: gentle è gently

  • When an adjective ends in a ‘y’

Drop the ‘y’ for and ‘i’: grumpy è grumpily

  • When an adjective ends in ‘ic’

Add ‘ally’: dramatic è dramatically

Now, children have been asked to change the ‘alien words’ below from their adjective form to become an adverb, ending in ‘ly’. Remember to follow the patterns that we’ve spotted above. On Friday 21st June, we’ll be tested on the real words from last week – this exercise is just good practice at changing words.

alien adjective

alien adverb



07 June 2019

Posted on Monday 10 June 2019 by Mr Owen

Sorry for the delayed posting of this week’s spellings.

  ‘ly’ words

We’re looking at words that end in ‘ly’ this week. Learn these spellings and look for a pattern when adding ‘ly’ to a root word. Do we need to change anything about the root word before adding the ‘ly’? As always, make sure you know what the words mean and can use them in sentences.
greedy – greedily clumsy – clumsily gentle – gently humble – humbly frantic – frantically
angry – angrily sleepy – sleepily simple – simply basic – basically dramatic – dramatically

17 May 2019

Posted on Sunday 19 May 2019 by Mr Owen

This week, we’ve given children a task to do which will help them understand various prefixes (starts of words).


How many words can you find that use the prefixes ‘un-’, ‘dis-’, ‘in-’, ‘re-’, ‘sub-’, ‘inter-’, ‘super-’, ‘anti-’, ‘auto-’? What do they mean? Create lists of words using these prefixes, making sure that you…

  • have ideas for each one
  • can explain what the words mean
  • know how to use them

03 May 2019

Posted on Saturday 04 May 2019 by Mr Owen

This week, we’ve asked children to use last week’s spellings in sentences and to find synonyms or antonyms for those words. They have been given a short slip of paper to record some words and should then write their sentences carefully underneath.

This activity should give children an opportunity to practise the spelling of ‘ous’ words and become more familiar with a range of vocabulary and its use.

26 April 2019

Posted on Friday 26 April 2019 by Mr Owen

ous words

This week’s spellings are all adjectives with an ‘ous’ suffix, mostly added to a noun. Take care with differences in these spellings, such as dropping the ‘e’ on ‘fame’ or ‘space’ before adding ‘ous’, but not dropping it for ‘courage’. Also notice that ‘monstrous’ isn’t spelt ‘monsterous’. Several of these words also follow our ‘drop the y for an i’ spelling rule.

fame – famous

envy – envious

danger – dangerous

courage – courageous

space – spacious

monster – monstrous

vary – various

poison – poisonous

mountain – mountainous

fury – furious