Here are your new 40 words for this half-term. Let’s get learning them! How you decide to do this is up to you. You might decide to focus on the trickiest words first. Or, you might decide to learn 8 words a week and really focus on these whilst still practising the others, too. For some of you, you might already feel confident with some of the words so might choose to not practise these at all. If you need some ideas for practical things to do, check out the Super Spelling Strategies Guide on the school website.
This half-term, our spellings are linked to the rules and strategies we’ll be learning in class:
- plurals (more than one noun)
- ough words
- suffixes (for example, changing the root word ‘’success to ‘successful’ or ‘successfully’
- ible and able words
- apostrophes for possession (eg Brian’s bag, the school’s logo)
- more homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently
- adding the prefixes ‘co’ and ‘re’ using a hyphen
Each Friday, you’ll be tested on 8 of the words from the list below.
This year, spellings are going to be organised differently.
Instead of a weekly list, your child will have a list of 40 spellings which will span across a half term.
This method of practice (more words over a longer period of time) is said to improve memory according to a few cognitive science studies. Other classes, who have tried and tested this method, felt it had a positive impact.
Help at home by understanding the words your child is confident with and then focusing on the ones they’re not. You could choose a small number to practise each week, or one or two per day. It’s a good idea to regularly come back to the words they’re more unsure of. Most importantly, it’s about your child learning how they learn best.
Here are some ideas for how to make learning spellings more fun.
Every Friday, there will be a spelling test on eight words from the list at the bottom, chosen at random.
This half term, our spellings are linked to the rules and strategies we’ll be learning in class:
- homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently)
- ‘double up for a short vowel sound’
- ‘drop the y for an i’
- using apostrophes for contraction (eg can’t, won’t)
- adding the suffixes ed, ing, er, est
- adding the prefixes un, dis, im, in, ir, il
there – their – they’re – inactive – accommodate
occur/ing/ed – can’t – won’t – category – busy
opportunity – advice – advise – practice – practise
naughty – dictionary – witch – which – according
irregular – embarrass – determine/ing/ed – century – ordinary
curiosity – library – identity – achieve/ed/ing – aggressive
disappear – appreciate – device – devise – cemetery
queue/ing/ed – unavoidable – immediately – impossible – variety
14 July 2023
This week, we’ve been learning about words that contain the ant/ance, ent/ence word endings. Please learn the following words for a test on Friday 21st July:
07 July 2023
This week, we’ve been learning about words that contain the –cial and –tial word endings. Please learn the following words for a test on Friday 14th July.
30 June 2023
This week, we have been looking at words that contain specific spelling patterns. Please learn the words for a test on Friday 7th July.
23 June 2023
This week, we’ve been learning about using apostrophes for contractions – when letters are omitted from words. Learn these words for a test on Friday 30th June.
16 June 2023
This week we have been looking at different root words and how by adding prefixes and suffixes, this changes the meaning. Learn the following words for a test on Friday 23rd June.
09 June 2023
This week, we’ve been learning about the prefixes un-, re- and in-. Can your child create some words that contain these prefixes? For example, unable.
We also looked at other prefix roots. Use the table below to create your own words.
19 May 2023
This week, we’ve been learning words that allow us to apply a range of spelling rules. Learn these words for a test on Friday 26th May.
12 May 2023
This week we have been learning words that contain unusual spelling patterns. Learn these words for a test on Friday 19th May.