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.
Mix up the letters of the week’s spellings – can your partner solve the conundrum?
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.
History of Words
Use iPads to research the history of words.
Children use scrabble like tiles to assemble their spelling words.
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.
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.
A number of different activities for memorising spellings. You may wish to use these spelling card activities at home to reinforce school work.
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.
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”
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.
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.
Use a Highlighter Pen or a Set of Coloured Pencils
Highlight difficult parts of the word or words within words.