Helping with Spelling

To help you achieve the challenges of the new spelling curriculum and to become a confident speller, it is vital that you practise spellings at home.

Key Words

In the new curriculum, children are expected to spell key words as part of their new age related expectations. At Bowsland Green we have split the key words into colours to make them more manageable for your child and to allow each child to work at their own level. You will find your child’s key words in the front of their home learning book. These key words are checked regularly in school and once a child has spelt each key word correctly, they will change colour.

Green and Orange key words (KS1) are devised of high frequency words and words which are common exception words (words which contain sounds which do not fit the grapheme-phoneme correspondence which have previously been taught).

Purple, Blue, Red and Gold key words (KS2) are statutory words which children must learn by the time they leave primary school. These words are grouped into colours to ensure secure coverage of all the statutory words.

Children in Year 6 must be able to spell all of the key words correctly. Children are assessed regularly to monitor their progress. Children should be encouraged to self-assess which words they need to focus on in lessons and at home.

Key Word Progression:

Green

Orange

Purple

Blue

Red

Gold

Spelling Patterns

Children will be given a termly spelling sheet, which will highlight spelling patterns and objectives which are being taught that term; examples of words which fit each spelling pattern; their key words and challenges for children to help them apply spelling patterns/rules.

*Please note these words are examples of words which fit each spelling patterns and they are not a set of exclusive words which children will be tested on. A wide range of words will be explored during spelling sessions and investigations, and additional words may be added during the termly test to assess whether children are secure applying the spelling rule.

Key words are a list of specific words each child must be confident spelling.

My Key Words

I

a

the

do

to

so

no

of

me

we

 

is

he

be

go

my

she

was

has

you

 

off

put

one

saw

what

when

have

who

very

I’m

 

said

his

her

she

will

are

our

all

your

with

 

come

some

want

they

says

there

their

were

where

here

 

 

My Key Words

could (n’t)

should (n’t)

would (n’t)

because

called

does

came

same

asked

why

 

these

live

into

made

going

doing

things

new

knew

know

 

others

people

only

any

many

looked

sure

again

children

 

through

thought

something

every

everything

everyone

whole

 

 

My Key Words

actual (ly)

answer

appear

arrive

believe

build

busy

caught

centre

certain

 

circle

complete

consider

continue

decide

describe

different

difficult

disappear

early

 

 

earth

eight/eighth

enough

experience

favourite

February

forward

group

heard

height

 

increase

important

knowledge

learn

length

minute

often

particular

possible

probably

 

purpose

quarter

question

remember

sentence

separate

special

therefore

though/

although

weight

 

My Key Words

accident (ally)

address

bicycle

breath

breathe

busy /business

calendar

century

exercise

experiment

 

extreme

famous

fruit

grammar

guard

guide

heart

history

imagine

interest

 

island

library

material

medicine

mention

natural

naughty

notice

occasion (ally)

 

opposite

ordinary

peculiar

perhaps

popular

position

possession

potatoes

pressure

promise

 

recent

regular

reign

straight

strange

strength

suppose

surprise

various

woman/women

 

 

My Key Words

according

achieve

aggressive

ancient

apparent

appreciate

attached

available

average

awkward

 

bargain

communicate

community

criticise

curiosity

definite

desperate

determined

develop

dictionary

 

environment

equip (ped-ment)

especially

excellent

explanation

familiar

forty

identity

immediately

individual

 

interrupt

language

leisure

lightning

muscle

necessary

occupy

occur

opportunity

persuade

 

physical

recognise

rhyme/ rhythm

sincere (ly)

soldier

suggest

symbol

temperature

thorough

variety

 

 

My Key Words

accommodate

accompany

amateur

bruise

category

cemetery

committee

conscience

conscious

 

controversy

convenience

competition

correspond

disastrous

embarrass

exaggerate

existence

foreign

frequently

 

government

guarantee

harass

hindrance

interfere

marvellous

mischievous

neighbour

nuisance

parliament

 

prejudice

privilege

profession

programme

pronunciation

queue

recommend

relevant

restaurant

sacrifice

 

secretary

shoulder

signature

stomach

sufficient

system

twelfth

vegetable

vehicle

yacht