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Supporting your child spell

Spelling is quite a complex skill to develop which involves a lot of multi tasking.  Firstly children need to be able to recognise, write and hear letter sounds.   However simple that may sound, it really isn’t!   Children will soon realise that some words no matter how much you sound them out do not look like that when written.  For example – what when sounded out is w-o-t. 

As children progress through the school they will meet vowel diagraphs and trigraphs – for more on this look at the phonics document on the parents page. 

Reading is a huge benefit when learning to spell because your child will learn and remember what some words look like and then apply them to their writing. 

Please see below the spelling lists for each year group.

Year 1 to 2 High Frequency Words

about

can't

her

many

over

then

who

after

could

here

may

people

there

will

again

did

him

more

push

these

with

an

do

his

much

pull

three

would

another

don't

home

must

put

time

your

as

dig

house

name

ran

too

 

back

door

how

new

saw

took

ball

down

if

next

school

tree

be

first

jump

night

seen

two

because

from

just

not

should

us

bed

girl

last

now

sister

very

been

good

laugh

off

so

want

boy

got

little

old

some

water

brother

had

live(d)

once

take

way

but

half

love

one

than

were

by

has

made

or

that

what

call(ed)

have

make

our

their

when

came

help

man

out

them

where

Plus

  • days of the week
  • months of the year
  • numbers to twenty
  • common colour words
  • pupil's name and address
  • pupil's name and address

 

Year  3

 

accident(ally)

actual(ly)

address

answer

appear

arrive

believe

bicycle

breath

breathe

build

busy/business

calendar

caught

centre

century

certain

circle

complete

consider

continue

decide

describe

different

difficult

disappear

early

earth

eight/eighth

enough

exercise

experience

Year 3

Year 4

through

various

weight

woman/women

occasion(ally)

special

notice

 

experiment

extreme

famous

favourite

February

forward(s)

fruit

grammar

often

opposite

ordinary

particular

peculiar

perhaps

popular

position

possess(ion)

possible

potatoes

pressure

probably

promise

purpose

quarter

minute

Year 4

question

recent

regular

reign

remember

sentence

separate

material

medicine

increase

important

interest

island

knowledge

learn

length

library

mention

straight

strange

strength

suppose

surprise

therefore

though

although

thought

group

guard

guide

heard

heart

height

history

imagine naughty

natural

 

 

Year 5

accommodate

accompany

according

achieve

aggressive

amateur

ancient

apparent

 

appreciate

attached

available

average

awkward

bargain

bruise

category

 

cemetery

committee

communicate

community

competition

conscience*

conscious*

controversy

dictionary

disastrous

embarrass

environment

equipped/ment

especially

exaggerate

excellent

existence

Year  5

Year  6

convenience

correspond

criticise (critic + ise)

curiosity

definite

desperate

determined

develop

pronunciation

queue

recognise

recommend

relevant

restaurant

rhyme

rhythm

sacrifice

secretary

shoulder

signature

sincere(ly)

soldier

stomach

sufficient

suggest

explanation

symbol

system

temperature

thorough

twelfth

variety

vegetable

vehicle

yacht

Year  6  

opportunity

parliament

persuade

physical

prejudice

privilege

profession

programme

marvellous

mischievous

muscle

necessary

neighbour

nuisance

occupy

occur

identity

immediate(ly)

individual

interfere

interrupt

language

leisure

lightning

familiar

foreign

forty

frequently

government

guarantee

harass

hindrance


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