Keep an eye out here for the types of words you can expect to be tested on. Why not revise your Y1 and Y2, Y3 and Y4 and your Y5 words? These will all be useful...
Keep an eye out here for the words we're working on, along with anything useful we talk about in class that might help us to remember our spellings.
We have a fun way to practise your spelling! Spelling Shed is a great way to practise your spellings and have fun by earning honey pots for rewards within the game. Earn points for our class and try to get on the school leader board...
You can log in with your own username and password here: https://play.edshed.co/login
You should be using Spelling Shed here to be practising your Year 5 and Year 6 words now. Any un-highlighted words in the front of your spelling books are the ones you should be working on.
If you know you have problems with any of the Year 2 words or words that you learned in Year 3 or Year 4 then you should also be working on learning those too - I have added all the lists from Y1 to Y6 lower down this page.
The Spelling SAT will include words from Years 3 to 6 but the focus will be on words from Years 5 and 6.
How can school and families support the children with their spelling?
At home, please practise your spellings for five to ten minutes every night - try to make this fun by playing games, using art materials, getting messy, setting up competitions with each other or by using the internet! I have put together a document outlining 20 ideas for learning and practising spelling at home - see above.
At school, children will be practising their spelling regularly in a variety of different ways as we follow the No Nonsense Spelling scheme. They will be encouraged to be independently checking and improving their own spelling and partners will be able to help each other.
I will provide word lists (in spelling books or on this page) to focus on at home. On occasion, I may also produce wordsearches or other games to help to make practice more fun!
Why should children practise their spelling?
As part of the new primary curriculum, the government have placed an increased emphasis on being able to spell well. Spelling must be accurate in all lessons (including in English, Maths and Topic), in the children's independent written work as well as in spelling tests.
How will spelling be assessed?
Spellings will be tested weekly. These tests will be made up of some of the words following the patterns/rules that are currently being practised in class and those that have been studied previously. Some words from the Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 spelling lists will also be included along with personal 'problem' words.
Testing will either be formal, when results will be recorded by the teacher, or will take place in pairs, when partners will be helping each other to correct mistakes and highlight misconceptions. The intention of carrying out testing in this way is that children become better spellers and won't just learn words for a test without applying their learning.
What are the expectations for spelling in Y6?
Children are expected to include an increasing number of advanced words in their written school work. By Year 6, it is expected that all Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 words are now being spelled correctly with very few errors - I have collated the National Curriculum rules and word list and it is available below. On this list you can see which are the Year 3/4 or Year 5/6 words.
Children are able to use word mats, dictionaries and classroom resources to support their spelling during class work but not during spelling tests.