SPELLING is a bit like learning to swim, or to ride a bicycle, or master a new computer game. But to be honest, it’s a lot more difficult because we are always finding words to learn that don’t follow any particular rule! 

Did you know? English spelling is the most irregular of all the languages in the world. But learning to spell well is a skill worth acquiring and it’s an effort worth making.

Ten minutes a day – six days a week – a few weeks later you will not be an expert speller but you will be a very good one, and this is an advantage that will last a lifetime.

Our spelling list is based on words that are listed in the national curriculum as being appropriate for children to know by the end of each year. The word-lists for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are statutory.

What can you do to help?

Here are some interesting spelling activities your child could follow to help them learn their spellings.

  • Write the words in colour in bubble writing
  • Play hangman
  • Use magnetic letters on the fridge
  • Make posters of the words and put them in visible places round the house
  • Spelling tennis - take it in turns to spell a word, each saying an alternate letter until the whole word is spelt
  • Try to find smaller words within the word
  • Write a short, silly story (a paragraph) using as many spellings words as possible

What if my child already knows these spellings?

CHALLENGE: Encourage your child to find more words connected with the same sounds that they are learning and talk about the similarities and differences. E.g. my, by, lie, high, fortify!


Remember – learning to spell is not just for now:

Learning to spell well is for Life!