Spelling Activities

We choose the spelling words from the revised National Curriculum list. There are two lists of words and these are divided into lower school (Year 3 and 4) and upper school (Year 5 and 6). All schools in England will be following this collection of words and their associated rules.

Word lists will be given as homework each week and should correlate with the list in the Spelling Handbook.

spelling overview

Choice Activities

Spelling Battle

Mix up the letters of the week’s spellings – can your partner solve the conundrum?

In pairs

Spelling Battle

Pictionary

One partner draws one of the week’s spelling words, breaking up the syllables of big words to help them. The partner has to guess the word and write down the correct spelling on a mini whiteboard.

In pairs

Pictionary

History of Words

Use iPads to research the history of words.

In pairs

History of Words

Spelling Muddle

Children use scrabble like tiles to assemble their spelling words.

Bananagrams

Charades

Children act out words, this will sometimes mean they break words down into their separate syllables, then a partner has to guess the word and write down the answer.

In pairs

Charades

Hidden Words

Children read out one of the week’s spellings. They challenge each other to see, how many hidden words they can find within that word in a minute.

In pairs

Hidden Words

Spelling Cards

A number of different activities for memorising spellings. You may wish to use these spelling card activities at home to reinforce school work.

Spelling Cards

Activities to Help Your Child with Spelling

Look, Cover, Say, Write, Check

Spend some time looking at a word and the cover it with a card or book, attempt to write the word one letter at a time. Now reveal the word and check whether you were correct.

Look Cover Say Write Check

Create Mnemonics

Creating memorable acronyms or visual pictures can make tricky words easier to remember. An example could be spelling “because” by remembering:

big elephants can always understand small elephants”

Mnemonics

Create a Spelling Rich Environment

Display spelling words and posters around the home. You can find a whole host of posters including mnemonics on the Teaching Ideas website.

Spelling poster

Use a Tablet or Desktop Computer

Use suitable computer tools to practice spelling. Go to Apps to Aid Spelling for a list of recommended apps.

Learning spelling with the help of a tablet

Use a Highlighter Pen or a Set of Coloured Pencils

Highlight difficult parts of the word or words within words.

Spelling Cards