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Spelling

Every week, we share a spelling rule and ask you to find up to ten of your own words that fit that spelling rule.

In Year 5, we set spellings on a Friday, as this gives you time over the weekend to find words that fit the rule, recording these in your blue spelling book.

On a Monday, we share the spellings that have been found in class and help anyone who has had difficulties over the weekend. We therefore ask that your blue spelling books is brought back into school on a Monday so it can be used in class.

Over the next few days, we investigate the spelling rule in class and then test you on words that fit the rule on a Friday. This test is usually by means of a short dictation, as this provides handwriting and punctuation practice too. You will be awarded a mark if you spell the rule correctly and a bonus mark if you spell the rest of the word correctly. Sometimes, if a spelling rule is particularly complex (or has many intricate parts!), it may be explored in class over a period of multiple weeks rather than just one.

Autumn Term - Spellings

Number of weeks

Sound/Spelling Rule

Example words

 Ideas for learning

 Autumn Week 1 - 2

Words with endings sounding like /ʒə/ always spelt –sure.

 

The ending sounding like  /t_ʃə/  is often spelt –ture, but check that the word is not a root word ending in (t)ch with an er ending – e.g. teacher, catcher, richer, stretcher

measure, treasure, pleasure, enclosure,

creature, furniture, picture, nature, adventure

Week 1 and 2

Autumn Week 3 - 7 The suffix –ous

Sometimes the root word is obvious and the usual rules apply for adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters.

Sometimes there is no root word.

 

-our is changed to –or before –ous is added.

 

A final ‘e’ must be kept if the /dʒ/ sound of ‘g’ is to be kept.

 

If there is an /i:/ sound before the –ous ending, it is usually spelt as i, but a few words have e
poisonous, dangerous, mountainous, famous, various

 

tremendous, enormous, jealous

humorous, glamorous

courageous, outrageous

 

serious, obvious, curious

hideous, spontaneous
  • Read about the rule
  • Play a selection of online games 
  • Try Challenge 1 online quiz to practise key spellings for this rule
  • Try Challenge 2 online quiz to practise key spellings for this rule
  • Try Challenge 3 online quiz to practise key spellings. This quiz helps you understand the different parts of the rule when you add the suffix ous.
  • Have a go at some of these resources in this google drive folder

Week 3 - 7



 Autumn Week 8 Words with the /k/ sound spelt ch (Greek in origin)  scheme, chorus, chemist, echo, character
  • A list of words which meet the spelling rule. Listen to them to hear the /k/ sound.
  • Play a selection of online games
  • Try this online quiz to practise key spellings for the rule
  • Try this challenge and solve the clues to work out the spelling words
  • Have a go at some of these resources in this google drive folder

Week 8

 Autumn Week 9 Words with the /ʃ/ sound spelt ch (mostly French in origin)  chef, chalet, machine, brochure
  • A list of words which meet the spelling rule. Listen to them to hear the /sh/ sound.
  • Play a selection of online games
  • Try this online quiz to practise key spellings for the rule
  • Have a go at some of these resources in this google drive folder

Week 9

 Autumn Week 10-12Endings which sound like /ʃən/, spelt –tion, -sion, -ssion and –cian

 

Strictly speaking the suffixes are –ion and –cian. Clues about whether to put t, s, ss, or c before these suffixes often come from the last letter or letters of the root word.

-tion is the most common spelling. It is used if the root word ends in t or te.

-ssion is used if the root word ends in ss or –mit.

 

-sion is used if the root word ends in d or se

 

invention, injection, action

 

expression, discussion, confession, permission

expansion, extension

Week 10-12


Spring Term - Spellings

 
Number of weeks

Sound/Spelling Rule

 Example words

 Ideas for learning
 
Spring Week 1
 

Words with the /s/ sound spelt sc (Latin in origin)

 
science, scene, discipline, fascinate, crescent
  • Read about the rule
  • Play a selection of online games related to the rule
  • Have a go at some of these resources in this google drive folder.

Week 1

 
Spring Week 2
 

Words with the /e_ɪ/ sound spelt ei, eigh, or ey

Homophones and near-homophones


vein, weigh, eight, neighbour, they, obey
  • Read about the rule by opening the document in the drive folder below called 'The Rule Explained'
  • Play a selection of online games related to the rule
  • Try some of these worksheets related to the rule
  • Have a go at some of these resources in this google drive folder.

Week 2


 
Spring Week 3 & 4
  Possessive apostrophes with plural words
The apostrophe is placed after the plural form of the word;
-s is not added if the plural already ends in –s
(i.e. is an irregular plural – e.g. children’s)

girls’, boys’, babies’, men’s

 

Note: singular proper nouns ending in an s  use the ‘s suffix – e.g. Cyprus’s population
  •  Read about the rules. The rules are also explained in powerpoints found in the google drive folder below.
  • Watch this song to revise all about plural nouns. Recognise the tune?

YouTube Video

  • Watch this song to learn all about the possessive apostrophe with plurals. Will it get stuck in your head?
  • YouTube Video

  • Try a selection of resources in this google drive folder to learn about possessive apostrophes with plurals
    

Week 3 and 4


 
Spring Week 5 & 6
Endings which sound like /ʃəs/ spelt –cious or -tious

Not many common words end like this.

If the root word ends in –ce the /ʃ/ sound is usually

spelt as c – e.g. vicious, grace - gracious, space – spacious, malice – malicious

Exception = anxious
 vicious, precious, conscious, delicious, malicious, suspicious,
ambitious, cautious, fictitious, infectious, nutritious
  • Play a selection of online games for words ending -cious
  • Try some of these worksheet activities for words ending -cious
  • Play a selection of online games for words ending -tious
  • Try some of these worksheet activities for words ending -tious
  • Have a go at some of these resources in this google drive folder.

Week 5 and 6

 
Spring Week 7 & 8
 

Words ending in –ible and -able

possible, horrible, terrible, visible
dependable, comfortable, understandable, reasonable, enjoyable, reliable
  •  Play a selection of online games to learn about the rule
  • Try some of these worksheet activities to learn about the rule
  • Watch this video to learn about the rule and read about it here 

    YouTube Video

  • Have a go at some of these resources in this google drive folder.

Week 7 and 8

 
Spring Week 9
 

Words ending in –ibly and –ably

 

adorable/adorably (adoration)

applicable/applicably (application)

considerable/considerably (consideration)

tolerable/tolerably (toleration)

agreeably

comfortably

 

possible/possibly

horrible/horribly

terrible/terribly

visible/visibly

incredible/incredibly

  • Read about the rule by opening the document in the drive folder below called 'The Rule Explained'
  • Play a selection of online games to learn about words ending -ible and -ibly
  • Play a selection of online games to learn about words ending -able and -ably
  • Try some of these worksheet activities to learn about words ending -ible and -ibly
  • Try some of these worksheet activities to learn about words ending -able and -ably
  • Have a go at some of these resources in this google drive folder.

Week 9

 
Spring Week 10
  Spelling Prove it week
  •  Try going back and practising activities from our Autumn and Spring term spelling rules!