Year 5 Spelling

24 March 2016

Posted on Wednesday 23 March 2016 by Mr Roundtree

This week’s spellings will test how well children are retaining information they are learning by focussing on spellings covered across the year so far.

There have been many different spelling rules and patterns explored up to this point in the year. Next week’s test will be from the spelling lists learnt in the first half term (07.09.15 – 23.10.16). Children should look over these lists and note the patterns we learnt about, picking out words they think they found most tricky at the time.

Ten spellings from this list will be tested as children are not expected to learn spelling simply for a test but for long term use of these words.


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18 March 2016

Posted on Friday 18 March 2016 by Mr Roundtree

Spellings this week are not one specific list. The children have gone through their English book and picked out words they have spelt incorrectly in the past in order to learn these and not make the same mistake again.

It’s best if ten minutes of each day is given to practising spellings and we’ve looked at lots of different ways in which we can practise in class.

  • word shapes
  • word pyramids
  • missing vowels
  • create a crossword
  • make it into a wordsearch
  • good old look, write, cover, check.

These spellings will be tested on Thursday 24 March.

11 March 2016

Posted on Friday 11 March 2016 by Mr Owen


This week’s words are all words with prefixes which change the word to mean the opposite of its original meaning. Can you think of any more? Many of these words can be turned into adverbs by adding the suffix ‘ly’- when do you need to drop the last ‘e’ to add ‘ly’?


word 1 word 2 word 3
ir irreplaceable irregular


in insane inaccurate



misunderstanding mistaken




il illegal


im impolite immobile


04 March 2016

Posted on Thursday 03 March 2016 by Mr Roundtree

This week’s spellings all require ‘ed’ to be added for past tense and are words that we often make mistakes with in class (for example, by missing the ‘e’).

to happen    happened
to wonder    wondered
to abandon    abandoned
to stutter   stuttered
to listen   listened
to chat    chatted
to chatter   chattered
to clatter    clattered
to remember    remembered
to whisper   whispered

These must be practised in your red spelling book ready to be tested on Friday 11 March.

26 February 2016

Posted on Thursday 25 February 2016 by Mr Roundtree

This week’s spelling are a little different. I won’t be sending a list of spelling for the children to learn but a spelling rule to practise instead:

double up for a short vowel sound

At home, see if you and other members of your family can think of words that follow this rule and practise these. Remember the different ways we’ve used to practise spelling:

  • pyramid spelling
  • word shapes
  • missing letters

There will be a test on Friday and all of the words tested will follow the double up rule.

05 February 2016

Posted on Friday 05 February 2016 by Mr Owen

This week’s spelling are, again, all unrelated words. Just learn them, please!

  • forty
  • frequently
  • government (watch the silent n – it helps to think about the verb to govern and the noun governors)
  • guarantee (watch the silent u!)
  • harass
  • hindrance
  • identity
  • immediately

Children will also be tested on some spellings that they have previously learnt.

29 January 2016

Posted on Friday 29 January 2016 by Mr Owen

This week’s spellings don’t follow any rule – they’re just ones to learn! As always, we’ll expect children to be able to use them in sentences, so they should practise this.

  1. equip – equipment – equipped
  2. especially
  3. exaggerate
  4. excellent
  5. existence
  6. explanation
  7. familiar
  8. foreign

We will also test some from previous lists, so please don’t forget to always revise.

22 January 2016

Posted on Friday 22 January 2016 by Mr Owen

This week, all of our words are ones which have an ‘…able‘ ending, or words which come from the same root. They are written as the verb, then the adjective and, sometimes, as the adverb, too.

change – changeable
notice – noticeable – noticeably
depend – dependable
comfort – comfortable – comfortably
understand – understandable – understandably
reason – reasonable – reasonably
enjoy – enjoyable
rely – reliable – reliably

15 January 2016

Posted on Thursday 14 January 2016 by Mr Roundtree

This week’s spellings are homophones therefore they need to be practised within a sentence in order for the correct choice to be made.

precede – proceed

  • C precedes D in the alphabet.
  • “Please proceed with your class assembly, Y5,” said Mr Roundtree.

principal – principle

  • The principal part of the Solar System is the sun.
  • You need to have good principles.

profit – prophet

  • A business needs to make a profit to succeed.
  • A prophet said I would win the lottery.

stationary – stationery

  • Remain stationary when a wasp comes near you.
  • We use use lots of stationery in school: pencils, pens, rulers and sharpeners.

where – wear – were

  • Where is the nearest supermarket?
  • I like to wear warm clothing in Winter.
  • We were enjoying learning about different materials.

there – their – they’re

  • There’s a pink elephant over there!
  • They went to get their lunch boxes.
  • They’re going to Leeds City Museum very soon.

are – our – hour

  • We are looking forward to moving on to learning out ‘Life’.
  • Our favourite topic so far has been ‘Mission to Space’.
  • A lesson usually lasts about 1 hour.

wait – weight

  • Wait here while I hide.
  • It’s good to be a healthy weight.

would – wood

  • Would you like to come and have a picnic?
  • Let’s go to the woods and have a picnic.

allowed – aloud

  • I’m allowed to stay up later at a weekend.
  • Sometimes it’s helpful to read things aloud.


08 January 2016

Posted on Friday 08 January 2016 by Mr Roundtree

The spellings this week follow a similar pattern, involving changing a t to a c.

innocent – innocence
decent – decency
frequent – frequency
confident – confidence – confidential
observant – observance – observation
expectant – expectance – expectancy
tolerant – tolerance – toleration
substance – substantial

These spellings will be practised throughout the week before being tested on Friday 15 January.