Year 5 Spelling

11 May 2018

Posted on Thursday 10 May 2018 by Mr Catherall

homophones

This week, we’re recapping some spellings from Year 3 and 4. Because they can be a bit tricky, and because we must spell them correctly for our writing to make sense, they are very important. Despite this, many of us still make mistakes with these words in our writing.

Children should practise spelling these words in preparation for a test on Friday 18 May 2018.  

here / hear
where / were / we’re / wear
there / their / they’re
are / our
to / too / two
your / you’re
its / it’s
of / off
of / have (I shouldn’t have.)
which / witch

04 May 2018

Posted on Friday 04 May 2018 by Mr Catherall

“I before E except after C, when the sound is ‘ee’!”

This is a well-known spelling rule but it can still be very tricky. Here’s a list of words to learn that either follow or break this rule. The last three words are this week’s ‘Words of the Week’. We’ve been using them all week so you should now make sure you’re confident spelling them. You should learn all of these words in preparation for a test on Friday 11 May 2018.

achieve
conscience
convenience
foreign
mischievous
soldier
variety
abundance
relentless
fragile

27 April 2018

Posted on Thursday 26 April 2018 by Mr Catherall

27.04.18

I before e is one of the most common spelling rules we hear. However, it doesn’t always work. In fact, “I before e, except after c when the sound is ee” is much more accurate – of course, there are exceptions to this rule: either, weird, their. This homework is designed to help children recognise which words follow the rule and which words don’t. Read the text below and underline all the ie words. Then, write your own short text that contains all of these words.  You should return this completed activity on Thursday 3 May.

Brief Siege

Mrs Elizabeth Carver, niece of the Chief of Police, was besieged by wasps in her home yesterday. A ceiling fell down and knocked off an old mantelpiece. Hundreds of wasps flew out.

She shielded her face with a handkerchief and dialled 999. She gave a piercing shriek into the phone.

“Send the police. Believe me, these wasps will kill me if you don’t.”

The Chief of Police received the call and rushed to relieve her.

Friday 20 April 2018

Posted on Sunday 22 April 2018 by Mr Catherall

This week, children have been learning about how Greek and Latin root words are embedded within the English Language. Understanding the meaning of a root word can help us to identify the meaning of unfamiliar words. For example, if we know that ‘auto’ means self and ‘graph’ means writing, we are able to understand the word ‘autograph’ – even if we’ve never come across it before! We’ve identified these words during our spelling sessions this week. Children should practise learning them in preparation for a test on Friday 27 April 2018. We’ll also focus a lot on what strategies we’ve used to learn them so evidence this in your homework book. 

autobiography

photograph

autograph

telepathic

microphone

paragraph

television

telegraph

telephone

automatic

Friday 23 March 2018

Posted on Thursday 22 March 2018 by Mr Catherall

Homophones and near homophones

This week’s spellings are the same as last week. Because of other things happening in school, we haven’t practised these words as much as I would’ve liked. Because homophones are so important in our writing, I’d like children to be very confident with these words. Children should continue to learn these words in preparation for a test on Thursday 29 March.

break – brake
their – there – they’re
of – off
accept – except
meddle – medal
whose – who’s
where – wear – we’re
meat – meet
compliment – complement
practise – practice

16 March 2018

Posted on Friday 16 March 2018 by Mr Catherall

 Homophones and near homophones

This week’s spellings are all homophones (words that sound the same but are spelt differently) and near-homophones (words that sound similar but are spelt differently and have different meanings). Some of them we have covered, some are new learning. Children should learn these words in preparation for a test on Friday 23 March.

break – brake
their – there – they’re
of – off
accept – except
meddle – medal
whose – who’s
where – wear – we’re
meat – meet
compliment – complement
practise – practice

09 March 2018

Posted on Thursday 08 March 2018 by Mr Catherall

Suffixes

This week’s spellings are all words that contain suffixes. A suffix is added to a root word to change 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 16 March.

thoughtful
enjoyable
ownership
equipment
courageously
silliest
altruism
excitement
frequently
purposeful

23 February 2018

Posted on Thursday 22 February 2018 by Mr Catherall

Apostrophes

Recently, in our writing, I’ve noticed that children are still making lots of errors with apostrophes. Apostrophes can be used in three ways:

  • for contractionwe’re (instead of we are)
  • for singular possession – Tim’s ball (the ball belongs to Tim)
  • for plural possession – the dogs’ bed (the bed belongs to more than one dog)

This week, children have been given a worksheet to help them revise the use of apostrophes. They should be ready for a spelling test on Friday 02 February 2018. 

02 February 2018

Posted on Thursday 01 February 2018 by Mr Catherall

Revision

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 09 February 2017.

Use the spelling page of your homework book to evidence your revision.

26 January 2018

Posted on Sunday 28 January 2018 by Mr Catherall

This week, children have been given a spelling activity focussing on the use of hyphens. Hyphens are used to change the meaning of a chunk of text/to make it make sense. For example, a man-eating shark is much more dangerous than a man eating shark (a man eating a shark).

Children should complete the activity for Thursday 01 February.