Spelling

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Spelling has always been a cornerstone of literacy learning and you can pretty much guarantee that at some stage you'll find yourself with a list of spelling words that you're trying to drum into your child for their weekly spelling test!

In this section of the site you'll find lots of great suggestions, as well as spelling games, spelling strategies for SATs, teachers' tricks for spellings and expert advice to help tricky spellings stick. Spelling is also now formally assessed in the new Year 6 Punctuation, Grammar and Spelling (SPAG) test, so you'll want to download our practice papers to help your child prepare beforehand.

To find out what spelling rules and patterns your child will be taught in each year of primary school, read our parents' guides to spelling in Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6.

Articles

Playing with Scrabble letters
Simple ways to make spellings fun
If your child’s spellings have become the bane of your week-end it’s time to take a look at how you tackle the weekly-test challenge. Teacher Phoebe Doyle offers 10 suggestions to help make spelling practice more playful than stressful.
Alphabet letter magnets
9 spelling strategies from real parents
Helping your child master spelling starts in Reception and continues throughout the primary years. Lucy Dimbylow asked real parents for their top tips on making learning spellings fun.
What is Look, Cover, Write, Check?
What is Look, Cover, Write, Check?
Look, Cover, Check, Write is a strategy your child will be taught in schools to help them learn spellings. Find out how the strategy is taught in the classroom so you can reinforce learning at home in the same way.

Worksheets

Spelling patterns: the suffix -ful
Spelling patterns: the suffix -ful
We use the suffix -ful to make adjectives, but watch out – although the word ‘full’ has been put on the end of ‘hope’, the last l is dropped. Can you complete this table to show how words are changed by adding the suffix-ful? Then find all the words ending -ful above in this wordsearch.
Correcting spelling using phonic knowledge worksheet
Correcting spelling using phonic knowledge
Sammy has had a spelling test today. Some of the words he has written correctly, others he has got wrong. Can you put a tick next to the words he has spelled correctly and help him by writing the wrong words out properly below?
My very first spelling test
My very first spelling test
Spelling isn’t usually tested in Reception, but your child might really like the idea of doing a ‘grown-up spelling test’ (especially if they’ve seen an older sibling prepare for spelling tests!).
Also see 

Year-by-year guide to spelling learning

Understand the spelling rules and patterns your child is taught in each year group in primary school, as well as the importance of high frequency words and exception words, with our explanatory guides for parents.

Spelling pack

Have fun with spelling

Does your child’s spelling really let their writing down? Have fun with spelling offers you practical and effective strategies to help support your child’s learning at home, based on a real understanding of how spelling is taught and why it’s tricky to master. The bad news? Your child will be beating you at Scrabble before you know it!

Spelling Made Magic

Spelling Made Magic

Spelling Made Magic is a brilliant resource bursting with a variety of games, activities and strategies that will get your child learning to spell in a way you've never imagined before, whatever their age or ability. Together, you'll use all of your senses – sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste – and everyday objects such as chocolate cake and glitter to help your child remember the correct spelling of a word.

Spelling Made Magic is built around short, game-like activities for you and your child to enjoy together, all using a unique multi-sensory apporach to leanring.

It's not about teaching, it's about learning.  It's not about lessons, it's about fun.

Thinkalink

Thinkalink!

Using hilarious ‘links’ to help your child remember how to spell any word, Thinkalink! will take them from mixing up letters to spelling even the most difficult words.

Spelling enthusiast Andy Salmon (or Sir Linkalot, as you’ll come to know him) will show you and your child how to create quick and funny rhymes that put the letters in a word in the correct formation, making them far easier to remember. This fantastic eBook is packed with more than a thousand links to get you started, and a super simple guide to creating your own.


Prepare your child for the Year 6 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (SPAG) test

The new English grammar, punctuation and spelling test (informally known as the SPAG test) is now part of the KS2 SATs programme for Year 6 pupils, replacing the previous English writing test. Find out all about the test and download practice papers to help your child prepare:

KS2 SATs Grammar, punctuation and spelling practice paper A
KS2 SATs Grammar, punctuation and spelling practice paper B
KS2 SATs Grammar, punctuation and spelling practice paper C
KS2 SATs Grammar, punctuation and spelling practice paper D
KS2 SATs Grammar, punctuation and spelling practice paper E


Crack that code spelling rules puzzle pack

It's time to save the world... one correct spelling at a time! Designed to help kids practise common KS2 spelling patterns and tricky words the fun way, the Crack that code spelling rules puzzle pack offers wordsearches, crosswords, puzzles and codes galore.

Spelling