Ideas for spellings

Ideas to keep you up to speed with spelling and vocabulary skills


 There are lots of ways you could make sure you’re developing your spellings. We have put together the following ‘sequence of learning’. Just decide where you personally need to start and see how far you can get through it.

  1. High Frequency Words Some of you will have these in your Spelling Book.
  2. If you have your Spelling Book at home, check through the lists and rules you have covered so far this year. Which did you find particularly tricky? Are there any other words you know you struggle to spell correctly in your writing? Have a go at those
  3. Have a look at the Statutory Word Lists. These are words the Government thinks you should be able to spell by the end of Year 4 and Year 6. There are two lists: one for Years 3 and 4; one for Years 5 and 6. Practise the words on either list if you find the one for your Year Group too tricky or easy!
  4. When you have had a look at all of that, use a dictionary (real life or online!) to find some synonyms (words with the same meaning) for words you overuse in your writing or are interested in. Learn how to spell them and then make sure you know how to use them appropriately. For example, lovely, delicious, beautiful, splendid could all be used as synonyms for ‘nice’ but how would you choose which to use to describe a tree?

The first 100 high frequency words

The next 200 most common words in order of frequency

Year 3 and 4 Word List

Year 5 and 6 Word List

We have some fun ways to practise spelling – we are sure you will come up with some other ways of your own. Set yourself a spelling/vocabulary challenge each week and ask someone at home to test you. You might be able to think of different ways to do this; could you hold a family Spelling Bee (competition)? Could you make a ‘Spot the Mistake’ game? We’d love to see some of the different ways you think of to practise and be tested on your words.

Spelling ideas for learning

Spelling activities for home