Year 4 Spelling

Week beginning 11 January 2021

Posted on Monday 11 January 2021 by Mr Wilks

This week we are recapping learning of the alternative graphemes (different spellings) for long vowel sounds. We have looked at these before last term, so we are only spending a day on each sound. The words that we will focus on each day are in the list below. Concentrate on a couple of words that you are less confident with for each day – you choose which ones you will work on, as we are all different. Choose which ten words you are going to focus on and ask someone at home to test you on those ten words on Friday.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
eight believe bicycle could crust
eighth breathe decide should mantle
famous complete describe would core
favourite extreme exercise said  
straight increase guide friend  
strange   height    
weight   surprise    

05 January 2021

Posted on Tuesday 05 January 2021 by Mr Wain

Hi everyone!

Your spellings for this week are all about the alternative graphemes for ‘ai’, ‘ee’ and ‘ie’.

A grapheme is how a single unit of sound (phoneme) is written.

For example, for ‘ai’, you could have the word bait. For ‘ay’, which is the same sound as ‘ai’ but is just written differently, you could have bay.

ai and ay are alternative graphemes

Your spellings to remember for this week are:

favourite, straight, weight, believe, appear, increase, height, describe, decide, surprise

Send an email to your class teacher if you want to ask any questions!

 

04 December 2020

Posted on Friday 04 December 2020 by Mr Wilks

In spelling lessons next week, we’ll be recapping and practising homophones. These are words that sound the same but have a different spelling and meaning. For example: their, there, they’re

We’ve had some of these words already this year but children are still getting mixed up when using them in their writing. It’s really important that children are not just learning to spell the words but practising using them correctly. Click here for a homophone guide (please challenge your child with other homophones if they are really solid on the ones given). There’s also a worksheet to complete (please practise using sentences like this rather than just writing out the words).

This week’s homophones to practise:

their of
there off
they’re to
your two
you’re too

27 November 2020

Posted on Friday 27 November 2020 by Mr Wain

This week, we’re focussing on the spelling rule: change y to i.

When adding suffixes such as ed, er and est to words that end in y, we normally change the y to an i then add our suffix.

However, If the suffix we are adding is ing, we don’t normally change the y – we keep it. For example the word party would become partying Practise by adding any of the above suffixes to the root words below – some will work, some won’t.

E.g. for cry, you will want to practise cried, crier, crying and adding est doesn’t work.

For busy, you’ll have busied, busier, busiest and busying.

busy creepy library ordinary worry
century marry naughty carry cry

20 November 2020

Posted on Friday 20 November 2020 by Mr Wilks

This week, we’re focussing on plurals. To make a noun into a plural you usually have to just add s. However, there are some other rules we’ll be recapping and learning:
add es
drop the y for an i and add es
drop the f for a v and add es

address(es) wolf(ves)
answer(s) roof(ves)
bicycle(s) church(es)
century(ies) lorry(ies)
group(s)
potato(es)

13 November 2020

Posted on Friday 13 November 2020 by Mr Wilks

In spelling lessons next week, we’re learning about the er and est suffix and we’ll be applying it to root words. A common mistake that children make with the er suffix is that they don’t drop the y for an i before adding er or est.
For example, happier may be spelled happyer or happiest.

nice nicer nicest
happy happier happiest
hot hotter hottest
tall taller tallest
funny funnier funniest
late later latest
write writer

06 November 2020

Posted on Friday 06 November 2020 by Mr Wilks

In spelling lessons next week, we’re learning about the ed and ing suffix. This is a suffix we’ve  been practising for a while but we’ll be applying it to trickier root words which contain some of our key spelling rules (double up for a short vowel sound and drop the e for ing).

Common mistakes that children make with the ed suffix is that they hear a t sound at the end or they forget the e.
For example,  walked may be spelled walkt or walkd.

answer answering answered
arrive arriving arrived
notice noticing noticed
surprise surprising surprised
suppose supposing supposed
learn learning learned

16 October 2020

Posted on Friday 16 October 2020 by Mr Wilks

In spelling lessons next week, we’ll be continuing to recap and practise homophones. These are words that sound the same but have a different spelling and meaning.
For example: their, there, they’re

In lessons, the children will be exploring different homophones whilst practising writing them alone and in sentences.
Although the spellings this week are not difficult, they must use the correct word in the correct context so practise them by saying the word within a sentence and then writing the word correctly.

to
too
two
which
witch
off
of

09 October 2020

Posted on Friday 09 October 2020 by Mr Wain

In spelling lessons next week, we’ll be recapping and practising homophones. These are words that sound the same but have a different spelling and meaning.

For example: their, there, they’re   

In lessons, the children will be exploring different homophones whilst practising writing them alone and in sentences.

Here are the specific words for the children to practise at home:

their, there, they’re, where, wear, were, hear, here

Posted on Friday 02 October 2020 by Mr Wilks

Times tables

In spelling lessons next week, we’ll be recapping and practising the long vowel oo phoneme (sound). This sound can be written in lots of different ways. These are called graphemes. For example:
glue, too, grew, conclude
In lessons, the children will be exploring these alternate graphemes in lessons.
Here are the specific words for the children to practise at home:

continue rescue
peculiar conclude
popular amuse
regular issue
particular queue

Times tables

Your child’s login details for Times Table Rock Stars is stuck into their homework books. Please login and practise regularly.
Your Times Table Rock Stars questions will be set to practise the 10s, 2s, 5s, 3s, 4s and 8 times tables (with a few exceptions for children who have already shown they have mastered these tables).