09 June 2017
Commonly misspelt words
This week, we’ve spent some time reflecting on our spelling during our written work. We looked back over the last couple of months and created a bank of words we had spelt incorrectly.
Here is a selection of those words. Some of these words may not be used that often. However, the skill of learning how to learn how to spell the word is what’s important.
19 May 2017
For the next week, we’ll continue our focus on using apostrophes correctly.
However, this week, instead of giving the children a list of words to learn, I would instead like them to create a poster that would help other people learn. They can go about this however they feel best. It may be wise to concentrate on the two main rules (apostrophes for possession or contraction). For an extra challenge, create a poster educating people about some common apostrophe related mistakes.
11 May 2017
For the next two weeks, our spelling focus will be all about adding apostrophes. We add apostrophes for possession (to show that something belongs to someone – eg Jack’s hat) or for contraction (to shorten words – eg isn’t).
To get our learning started, children have been given a sheet to complete. This should be returned by Thursday 18 May.
05 May 2017
This week’s spellings are all words that contain suffixes. A suffix is added to a root word to change/alter its meaning. Children often make spelling mistakes when adding suffixes to words. They should learn how to spell these words in preparation for a test on Friday 12 May.
28 April 2017
For the next two weeks, we will be focusing all of our ‘spelling energy’ on some tricky suffixes. To help us practise choosing the correct suffix, children should complete the worksheet they have been given. This should be completed by Thursday 04 May.
24 March 2017
|i before e except after c – when the sound is ‘ee’.
Last week, children investigated the rule. As a class, we refined the rule to be the above. This week, in preparation for a test on Friday 31 March, children should learn how to spell the following words.
|their – there|
17 March 2017
“i before e except after c!”
Many of us have heard this rule but just how true is it? Children should investigate this ‘rule’ and find out how true it is. Are there many exceptions? Can you find examples where the rule does help? Children should evidence their investigation on the spelling page of their homework book.
10 March 2017
This week, in preparation for an end of term spelling test next week, children have been given a copy of the Year 5/6 statutory word list (taken from the Primary National Curriculum).
Children should practise spelling these words as they are likely to be tested on similar words during the test.
Children know lots of ways to practise their spellings so they should choose a method that they think will work for them. One way to get yourself involved would be to say a sentence with the word and ask children to spell the word correctly. It is important that children know how to use the words and not just how to spell them.
03 March 2017
This week’s spellings activity is to explore some common word families. Words we use every day but might not stop to think about.
Children will not be given a list to learn but should explore the following word families:
24 February 2017
Double up for a short vowel sound
This week, we have focussed on a spelling rule that we have previously learned but still make mistakes with.
The ‘double up for a short vowel’ sound is very common in the English language although, as we have found, there are exceptions to the rule.
Here are a list of words that double up for a short vowel sound. You should familiarise yourself with the rule and learn how to spell these words. You will be tested on ten of these words on Friday 03 March.