05 January 2018
These words are often tricky because they appear to not follow traditional spelling conventions.
Children should learn these words in preparation for a test on Friday 12 January.
08 December 2017
08.12.17 – revision
As it is the end of term, instead of giving children a list of words to learn, I would like children to use their homework books to revise all the rules we have learnt so far this year. They should prepare themselves for a test on Thursday 14 December.
01 December 2017
01.12.17 – Apostrophes
This week, I will not be giving you a spelling list. Instead, during our spelling test on Friday 08 December, I will read out ten sentences that contain at least one apostrophe. You will need to figure out which words need an apostrophe and use it correctly.
e.g Some of the book’s pages were torn.
I believe they are Mr Jones’ golf clubs.
I can’t believe you lost your book.
To prepare for the test, you should practise using apostrophes for possession and contraction/omission.
Use this page of your homework to prove you have practised.
24 November 2017
24.11.17 – Apostrophes
Apostrophes are used in the English language to show contraction and possession. This week, children should make a poster to help people use them correctly. This could include common errors or rules. The posters should be returned to school on Thursday 30 November.
17 November 2017
Last week, children investigated how to change a noun from the singular to the plural. This week, children should learn how to pluralise the words in this list in preparation for a test on Friday 24 November. (Take care – it’s not simply a case of adding an ‘s’!)
Some of the words also revise previously taught spelling rules.
10 November 2017
This week, children will not be given a list of words to learn. Instead, I would like them to investigate how we turn singular nouns into plurals. They will have learnt this lower down school but we’re still making errors with this rule in our everyday writing. Children should think of the different ways in which words can be pluralised and show their findings. This should be evidenced in their homework book. To get them started, think about these words: bus, cup, baby.
For an extra challenge, see if you can think of any common mistakes.
03 November 2017
This week’s words to learn are all homophones: words that sound the sound the same but have different meanings.
Children should not only learn how to spell the words but also how to use them correctly in context.
Children will be tested on these words on Friday 10 November 2017.
|isle – aisle|
|allowed – aloud|
|affect – effect|
|herd – heard|
|past – passed|
|your – you’re|
|their – there – they’re|
|of – off|
|wear – we’re|
|to – too – two|
13 October 2017
As it is the last week of this half-term, instead of being given a list of words to learn, you should revise all the rules we have focused on so far this year. You will be tested on these rules on Friday 20 October.
Evidence your revision on this page of your homework book.
So far this year, we have learnt about these three rules:
- ough – this letter string can be tricky because is makes many different sounds. For example, in the word plough, the ‘ough’ letter string makes a different sound to what it makes in the word tough.
- Double up – double up for a short vowel is a common rule in the English language. For example, the word butter has a double t because the u is a short vowel sound. Remember that there are exceptions to all spelling rules.
- -able or -ible – Our most recent spelling focus, choosing the correct suffix (-able or -ible) can be hard. We decided that in most cases, if you can see a root word and you are able to do it, use able (eg forgivable). If not, use ible (eg edible)
Friday 28 September 2017
Able vs ible
This week’s spelling activity focuses on words ending in ‘able’ or ‘ible’ and recognising which suffix to use.
Children should find words that end in either ‘able’ or ‘ible’ and begin to identify any patterns/rules they can see.
Children should present their findings in their homework books. We will discuss this in class and children will be given a word list to learn next week. This activity should be returned by Thursday o5 October.
22 September 2017
One of the most common, and important, spelling rules in the English language is the ‘double up’ rule.
Doubling up the consonant after a vowel makes the vowel sound short. For example, in the word dinner, having a the double consonant makes the ‘i’ a short i sound instead of the longer ‘eye’ sound (as in diner).
Children should learn how to spell these words in preparation for a test on Friday 29 September.