Year 5 Spelling

19 January 2018

Posted on Friday 19 January 2018 by Mr Catherall

This week our homework is Creative: I can find out about a plant I like.

This links well with our Life Forces topic and our class novel. In class, we discussed some ways in which you could respond creatively to this task:

  • create a map of the world and highlight where your favourite flowers grow
  • take pictures and create a slideshow with information
  • make a model of your favourite plant
  • complete an observational drawing of it
  • make a presentation to inform the rest of the class
  • create a word search of your favourite plant names
  • make an information leaflet
  • draw your favourite plant then label it with information
  • take pictures of your plant in the wild and make a collage in your book

Homework is due on Thursday 25 January 2018.

19 January 2018

Posted on Friday 19 January 2018 by Mr Catherall

‘-ably’ or ‘-ibly’ words 

We’ve been focusing on learning how to spell words ending in ‘-ably’ or ‘-ibly’.

Here’s a list of words that can be changed to end in ‘-ably’ or ‘-ibly’. Children should learn how to spell these words and be comfortable choosing and spelling the correct word ending.

eg For the word possible, children will be asked to spell possibly in the test.


12 January 2018

Posted on Friday 12 January 2018 by Mr Catherall

‘ably or ‘ibly’?

For the next two weeks, we’ll be focussing on the ‘ably’ and ‘ibly’ word ending. To help them learn when to use the correct ending, children should complete the following activity by Thursday 18 January.

Earlier in the year, we learnt about the ‘able’ and ‘ible’ word endings and identified some rules and conventions to help us spell these words correctly. Children should reflect on this learning and investigate the following questions:

  • True or false…all words that end in ‘able’ can be changed to end in ‘ably’?
  • True or false…all words that end in ‘ible’ can be changed to end in ‘ibly’?
  • Can you spot a pattern, rule or convention when changing words to end in ‘ably’ or ‘ibly’?
  • Is it always, sometimes or never true that words ending in ‘ably’ or ‘ibly’ are adverbs? Prove it.

05 January 2018

Posted on Thursday 04 January 2018 by Mr Catherall

Tricky words

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

Posted on Friday 08 December 2017 by Mr Catherall

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

Posted on Monday 04 December 2017 by Mr Catherall

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

Posted on Friday 24 November 2017 by Mr Catherall

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

Posted on Friday 17 November 2017 by Mr Catherall


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

Posted on Thursday 09 November 2017 by Mr Catherall


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

Posted on Thursday 02 November 2017 by Mr Catherall


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