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.
Year-by-year guide to spelling learning
Ready-made spelling tests for all ages
Each test uses the Look, Cover, Write and Check method to help your child revise spellings (and to make them feel very grown-up!). A final "end-of-year" word list is provided to boost their confidence in their own writing abilities.
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 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.
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
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.