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Use this page to find spelling lists and rules for you to practise at home.


 In Year 3, children are expected to be able to spell all of the year 1 and 2 common exception words, as well as being able to apply their knowledge of spelling patterns in their writing. They should be beginning to spell the Year 3/4 words and patterns correctly in their writing.


How will spelling be assessed?


Children will be assessed on their spelling weekly.


On Week A, the children will be tested on a set of words that have been sent home for practise and these scores will be recorded. Please support your children to learn these words at home. The children's spellings will be glued near the front of their spelling book. The children will do their spelling test in the back of their spelling book so that you can see how they got on with their spellings when they bring their book home.


On Week B, the children will test each other on words from their personal spelling lists. These are words that your child finds particularly tricky to spell. These tests will be informal and scores will not be recorded.


The children need to learn their spelling words to use in their writing so at times they will be tested on words they have had previously to help them to keep the words fresh in their memories. This may sometimes be at other times to their usual spelling test or in addition to words they've been asked to learn. 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.


Children should have their spelling book in school every day.


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 for children to meet the expected standard.


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! A document has been put together outlining 20 ideas for learning and practising spelling at home - see below.


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. The spelling words for the year have been published above, though children may have additional personal spellings to learn on particular weeks.