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Spelling - worksheets

 Right from the start of learning to spell children should use a combination of phonic sounds, the actual shape of a word and an understanding of how the word is used in the passage. It is essential albeit time-consuming that children when presenting the written word have the correct spelling. Parents can often help with this by using books with pictures and captions, computer programs either on a DS, Playstation, iPad or electronic pocket speller. The worksheets below are suggestions as to how spelling can be taught the traditional way. Remember your child will have to write with pen or pencil in school and also in most test situations without having a spell-checker.

One of the most common questions we are asked is 'How can I help my child with spelling?' Accurate spelling does not come automatically to all children. We have compiled some pages which will help with many common problems.

  Help with spelling

 How to teach spelling
How to teach spelling
 Stimulate spelling in children
Stimulate spelling in children
 Spelling rules
Spelling rules
 Help your child with spellings
Help your child with spellings
 Spelling test tips
Spelling test tips

 Children learn to spell in various ways - Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check is a traditional method of learning spelling.

  • LOOK - at the word, noting any parts which are particularly difficult.
  • SAY the word aloud. Close your eyes and try to ‘see’ it in your ‘mind’s eye’.
  • COVER - the word and remind yourself how you will remember it.
  • WRITE - the word, saying it as you write it.
  • CHECK - word, letter for letter, to see if you have written it correctly. Pay attention to any mistakes. Rewrite if necessary.

There are many games both interactive and paper-based which reinforce this learning. Phonics taught in most schools enables children to 'attack' new words in a positive and confident manner. Experienced parents and grandparents use storybooks to stimulate interest, increase vocabulary, improve spelling, and increase imagination.

Try these words out and find where your child needs help. We start with 'High Frequency Words' covered in Foundation Stage/Year 1. These are the most commonly used 100 words. Children should be able to read all these by the end of Year 1, and be able to spell most of them. These words usually play an important part in holding together the general coherence of texts and early familiarity with them will help pupils get pace and accuracy into their reading at an early stage.

Spelling lists including High Frequency reading words

 High frequency words R to 2
High frequency words R to 2
 High frequency words for KS1
High frequency words for KS1
 Spellings per day for KS1
Spellings per day for KS1
 100 high frequency words
100 high frequency words
 Next 200 High Frequency words
Next 200 High Frequency words
 Days of the week spellings etc
Days of the week spellings etc
 Spelling words to help with reading
Spelling words to help with reading
 Spelling of everyday things
Spelling of everyday things
 SATS spellings KS1 and 2
SATS spellings KS1 and 2
 Spelling words for Year 2
Spelling words for Year 2
 Spelling words for Year 1
Spelling words for Year 1
 Challenge spellings for KS1
Challenge spellings for KS1
 Spellings on colours
Spellings on colours
 Spelling list 1
Spelling list 1
 Spelling list 2
Spelling list 2
 Spelling list 3
Spelling list 3
 Key words spelling
Key words spelling
 High Frequency words list
High Frequency words list
 Family names
Family names
 Animals spelling
Animals spelling
 Toys spelling
Toys spelling
 Spell your numbers
Spell your numbers
 Vowel sounds ee and ea spelling
Vowel sounds ee and ea spelling
 Word list for Years 3 and 4
Word list for Years 3 and 4
 Word list for Years 5 and 6
Word list for Years 5 and 6
 Spelling lists for 9 to 10 year olds
Spelling lists for 9 to 10 year olds
 Spelling of different sports
Spelling of different sports
 Medium frequency words Years 4 and 5
Medium frequency words Years 4 and 5
 Commonly misspelt words
Commonly misspelt words
 Tricky words 2
Tricky words 2
 SATS spelling words for Year 6
SATS spelling words for Year 6
 Edmonton spelling test
Edmonton spelling test
 Year 3 optional spelling
Year 3 optional spelling
 Year 6 SATS frequent spelling words
Year 6 SATS frequent spelling words
 Spelling words for Years 3 and 4
Spelling words for Years 3 and 4
 Worksheet 2 on to too and two
Worksheet 2 on to too and two
 Thinking about to, too and two
Thinking about to, too and two
 English appendix 1: spelling
English appendix 1: spelling
 CK words KS1
CK words KS1
 Word list Years 5 and 6
Word list Years 5 and 6
 Word list Years 3 and 4
Word list Years 3 and 4
 Word list spellings Years 5 and 6
Word list spellings Years 5 and 6
 Word list spellings Years 3 and 4
Word list spellings Years 3 and 4

Spelling tips

To enable the children to continue the process of learning spellings it is sometimes useful to provide them with hints and rules to make life easier and more fun. 

 Spelling tips 1 and 2
Spelling tips 1 and 2
 Spelling rules 2
Spelling rules 2
 Spelling rules KS2
Spelling rules KS2
 Spelling tips and rules
Spelling tips and rules
 Spelling tips for Year 3
Spelling tips for Year 3
 Spelling tips for Year 4
Spelling tips for Year 4
 Spelling tips for Year 5
Spelling tips for Year 5
 Spelling tips for Year 6
Spelling tips for Year 6

Use these together for fun

 Word search 1 reception
Word search 1 reception
 Word search 2 KS1
Word search 2 KS1
 Word search 3 for KS1
Word search 3 for KS1
 Word search 4 Years 3-4
Word search 4 Years 3-4
 Word search 5 Years4-5
Word search 5 Years4-5
 Fun ideas for learning spellings Years 5 and 6
Fun ideas for learning spellings Years 5 and 6

 

Books

Books for reading aloud and Books to help with phonics as well as Phonic games, toys and software will reinforce learning and will be a useful guide for adults with young children.

 

 The essential spelling list
The essential spelling list
 The essential spelling book 2
The essential spelling book 2
 KS2 English spelling SAT buster
KS2 English spelling SAT buster
 KS2 National Literacy Strategy spelling rules
KS2 National Literacy Strategy spelling rules

 

 National Literacy Strategy spelling bank
National Literacy Strategy spelling bank
 Support for spelling
Support for spelling
 Year 7 spelling bank
Year 7 spelling bank

Using a dictionary

Some children find working with a dictionary baffling. There are so many learning points in discovering the sequencing of the alphabet that the sooner it is started the better. Here are dictionaries and other reference books suitable for this age group.

 Using a dictionary
Using a dictionary
 Look up these words
Look up these words
 Alphabetical order
Alphabetical order
 Dictionaries and English words
Dictionaries and English words
 Alphabetical order for Year 3
Alphabetical order for Year 3
 Using a thesaurus
Using a thesaurus
 Playing with words-KS2
Playing with words-KS2
 Dictionaries and glossaries
Dictionaries and glossaries
 Using a dictionary KS2, no2
Using a dictionary KS2, no2
 Using a dictionary KS2, no1
Using a dictionary KS2, no1
 Using a dictionary KS2, no3
Using a dictionary KS2, no3
 Dictionary work upper KS2
Dictionary work upper KS2
 Dictionaries and spelling
Dictionaries and spelling
 More dictionary work
More dictionary work
 Using a dictionary KS3
Using a dictionary KS3
 

KS1 spelling and tests

Many schools will ask children to learn a list of new spelling words each week and these tests are ideal for reinforcing this work. SATS include spelling tests and accurate spelling is expected in all tests and exams so constant practise is invaluable. Ensuring your child knows the High Frequency Words will be invaluable.

 

 KS1 spelling Coconut
KS1 spelling Coconut
 KS1 spelling In the park
KS1 spelling In the park
 2003 Key stage 1 spelling test
2003 Key stage 1 spelling test
 2004  KS1 Spelling - making soup
2004 KS1 Spelling - making soup
 Spelling plural story KS!
Spelling plural story KS!
 Dictation spelling test
Dictation spelling test
 Schonell spelling test
Schonell spelling test
 Dictation spelling passage for Year 2
Dictation spelling passage for Year 2
 Spelling and thoughts for Year 2
Spelling and thoughts for Year 2
 Spellings for 6 year olds
Spellings for 6 year olds
 Spelling and rhyme
Spelling and rhyme
 Can you spell 2?
Can you spell 2?

 

 KS2 spelling and tests

We have compiled some papers to help consolidate spellings taught in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

 Spelling KS2 tests
Spelling KS2 tests
 Year 6 SATS frequent spelling words
Year 6 SATS frequent spelling words
 Year 4 spelling test
Year 4 spelling test
 Key stage 2 shorter writing task
Key stage 2 shorter writing task
 Spelling test dictation Year 4
Spelling test dictation Year 4
 Writing test for KS2 and spelling
Writing test for KS2 and spelling
 Spelling test
Spelling test
 Spelling test Years 3 and 4 - clothes
Spelling test Years 3 and 4 - clothes
 Spelling passage Year 4 - 1
Spelling passage Year 4 - 1
 Spelling test for KS2 tests
Spelling test for KS2 tests
 Dictation passage for KS2
Dictation passage for KS2
 Spelling activity sheet before football
Spelling activity sheet before football
 Spelling list for football fans
Spelling list for football fans
 Spelling tests Year 5 and 6
Spelling tests Year 5 and 6
 Can you spell?
Can you spell?
 Olympic sports spellings
Olympic sports spellings
 Spelling words on the Olympics Year 3
Spelling words on the Olympics Year 3
 Spelling test contractions KS2
Spelling test contractions KS2
 Spelling ideas to help you remember
Spelling ideas to help you remember
 Safer cycling spelling passage
Safer cycling spelling passage
 Try these spellings for Year 4
Try these spellings for Year 4
 KS2 SATS type spelling test 1
KS2 SATS type spelling test 1
 KS2 SATS type spelling test 2
KS2 SATS type spelling test 2
 KS2 SATS type spelling test 3
KS2 SATS type spelling test 3
 Spelling topic for year 4
Spelling topic for year 4
 Spelling practice Year 5 and 6 no 1
Spelling practice Year 5 and 6 no 1
 Spelling practice Year 5 and 6 no 2
Spelling practice Year 5 and 6 no 2
 Spelling compound words
Spelling compound words
 Spelling ei ar ie
Spelling ei ar ie
 Spelling ideas for Year 3
Spelling ideas for Year 3
 Word endings for Year 5
Word endings for Year 5
 Tricky word pairs Years 5 and 6
Tricky word pairs Years 5 and 6
 Ory ery ary KS2
Ory ery ary KS2
 Silent letters KS2
Silent letters KS2
 Spelling words and their uses
Spelling words and their uses
 Word chains
Word chains
 Can you spell these words?
Can you spell these words?
 Wet world spelling KS2
Wet world spelling KS2
 Vocabulary KS2
Vocabulary KS2
 Double consonant spelling Year 4
Double consonant spelling Year 4
 Christmas spelling KS2
Christmas spelling KS2

 

There are some rules about English spelling but they are often very complicated and there are often exceptions! A few useful rules are given below:
  • When you add "all" to the beginning of a word, use one "l" e.g. although, also, always, almost
  • When you add "full" to the end of a word, use one "l" e.g. wonderful, faithful, hateful, useful
  • You only ever add "ly" to the end of a word, not "lly". If the word ends in "l" to start with, you finish up with "lly" – e.g. faithful – faithfully, careful – carefully.
  • Words ending in "y" often change the "y" to "i" before a suffix is added e.g. happy – happily, funny – funniest. Exceptions: where –ing is added e.g. worry – worrying, fly – flying
  • Words ending in "e" often lose the "e" before a suffix that starts with a vowel e.g. believe – believable, expense – expensive, hope – hoping. Exceptions – some words ending in –ce or – ge keep the "e" before –ous and –able e.g. notice – noticeable, courage – courageous

Parents in Touch spelling worksheets

Children will be taught spelling patterns which enable children to grasp the concept. We have listed some of these by year below or used as a specific reason arises. These pages explain the rules and include practice questions.

 

 Spelling patterns le Year 3
Spelling patterns le Year 3
 Spelling patterns silent letters Year 4
Spelling patterns silent letters Year 4
 Spelling patterns ei Year 5
Spelling patterns ei Year 5
 Spelling patterns ance and ence Year 6
Spelling patterns ance and ence Year 6
 Spelling patterns ance/ence Year 6 no 2
Spelling patterns ance/ence Year 6 no 2
 Spelling patterns ch
Spelling patterns ch
 Spelling patterns ai ay igh
Spelling patterns ai ay igh
 Spelling patterns ei Year 5
Spelling patterns ei Year 5
 able words 2
able words 2
 Year 4 spelling qu and our
Year 4 spelling qu and our
 CVCe pattern words
CVCe pattern words
 Short vowel sound spelling
Short vowel sound spelling
 Help your spelling words with ch
Help your spelling words with ch
 Difficult spellings for reference
Difficult spellings for reference
 Silent letters
Silent letters
 Sports we enjoy spellings
Sports we enjoy spellings
 Spellingscrossword1
Spellingscrossword1
 Spelling of homophones
Spelling of homophones
 y and i word endings for Year 3
y and i word endings for Year 3
 Spelling passages for Year 4
Spelling passages for Year 4

 

Break difficult words up, by using space and colour/highlighter, or put a box around the part of the word you find difficult or change the ‘look’ of the word e.g. bourg eoi sie div / ide d ivi de
Write the word in a coloured pen and then look up and to the left and try to visualise the word in your ‘minds eye’.

 

 Spelling FS aeiou
Spelling FS aeiou
 Winter weather words and spelling
Winter weather words and spelling
 Spelling-plurals
Spelling-plurals
 Complete the sentences
Complete the sentences
 There, they're and their
There, they're and their
 First and last letter spelling
First and last letter spelling
 Spelling -the 1-6 game
Spelling -the 1-6 game
 Words to learn to read and spell
Words to learn to read and spell
 Frequently misspelt words
Frequently misspelt words
 Spell correctly
Spell correctly
 Spelling ideas 2
Spelling ideas 2
 Looking at words KS2
Looking at words KS2

 

 Spelling- silent letters
Spelling- silent letters
 First and last letter spellings Year 2
First and last letter spellings Year 2
 el and le words
el and le words
 ow and ou words
ow and ou words
 Can you spell and read these words?
Can you spell and read these words?
 Plurals s es and ies
Plurals s es and ies
 Spellings and meanings
Spellings and meanings
 Silent g words for KS2
Silent g words for KS2
 Compound word cards
Compound word cards
 Spellings for KS2
Spellings for KS2
 Learn to spell
Learn to spell
 Exercises to learn spellings
Exercises to learn spellings
 Common spelling mistakes KS2
Common spelling mistakes KS2
 Sound out these words and learn to spell them
Sound out these words and learn to spell them
 Our changing language
Our changing language
 Anagrams
Anagrams
 Spelling mnemonics
Spelling mnemonics
 How words are made
How words are made
 How words are made Literacy practice Y6
How words are made Literacy practice Y6
 Spelling ideas
Spelling ideas
 Proof reading and spelling for Year 6
Proof reading and spelling for Year 6
 Proof reading and spelling for Year 6
Proof reading and spelling for Year 6
 Look at these compound words
Look at these compound words
 Words from other languages
Words from other languages
 Spelling help Year 3 and 4
Spelling help Year 3 and 4
 Our changing language
Our changing language
 Spelling ideas - alphabetical order
Spelling ideas - alphabetical order
 Plurals
Plurals
 Spelling ideas
Spelling ideas
 Spelling: words with silent letters
Spelling: words with silent letters
 Spelling root words
Spelling root words
 Dictation on Sports Day
Dictation on Sports Day
 Spelling list for Year 4
Spelling list for Year 4
 Spellings for Year 5
Spellings for Year 5
 Spelling questions Year 4
Spelling questions Year 4

Homophones and homonyms

Homonyms are words which have the same spelling and pronunciation as each other but different meanings, eg bear can be a soft toy or mean ‘to carry’.
 
Homophones are words which sound the same as each other (eg there and their) but have different spellings and meanings.

 

 Homophones and spelling mistakes
Homophones and spelling mistakes
 Spellng same word different meaning
Spellng same word different meaning
 Homonyms Year 3
Homonyms Year 3
 Homophones KS 1 to 3
Homophones KS 1 to 3
 Homophones
Homophones
 Homophones upper KS2
Homophones upper KS2
 Same sound different meaning
Same sound different meaning
 Advanced homophones
Advanced homophones
 Spelling help on homophones
Spelling help on homophones

 

Spelling is primarily a visual/motor activity and to spell correctly, you will usually need a visual image of the word, plus practice at writing the word to reinforce your motor memory. Relying on sounding out words is not always the best strategy, as many words in the English language are not written as they sound. When trying to remember a word, you need to look with interest and with the intention of remembering it. Merely copying words doesn’t always help you to learn!

Key stage 3

 Years 7, 8 and 9 spellings
Years 7, 8 and 9 spellings
 Spelling list KS3
Spelling list KS3
 KS3 spellings
KS3 spellings
 Revision for KS3 English spelling and grammar
Revision for KS3 English spelling and grammar
 Spelling Year 7
Spelling Year 7
 KS3 spelling list
KS3 spelling list
 Progress tests 2006 English spelling task
Progress tests 2006 English spelling task
 Progress tests 2006 English teacher spelling
Progress tests 2006 English teacher spelling
 Progress tests 2007 English spelling task
Progress tests 2007 English spelling task
 Progress tests 2007 English teacher's spelling
Progress tests 2007 English teacher's spelling
 Spelling test for KS3
Spelling test for KS3
 Year 7 spelling bank
Year 7 spelling bank
 Spelling pupil booklet
Spelling pupil booklet
 Word families KS3 spelling
Word families KS3 spelling
 Spelling list Years 8 and 9
Spelling list Years 8 and 9
 Spelling booklet KS3
Spelling booklet KS3
 Spellings help your writing
Spellings help your writing
 Words with silent e for KS3
Words with silent e for KS3
 Thoughts on spellings Year 8
Thoughts on spellings Year 8
 Spelling KS3
Spelling KS3
 Tricky word pairs KS3
Tricky word pairs KS3
 Can you spell? KS3
Can you spell? KS3
 Spellings KS3 no 2
Spellings KS3 no 2

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