How to teach Spelling - Spelling Strategies

1 Break it into sounds (d-i-a-r-y)
2 Break it into syllables (re-mem-ber)
3 Break it into affixes (un + govern + able)
4 Use a mnemonic (necessary – one collar, two sleeves)
5 Refer to word in the same family (sign – signature)
6 Say it as it sounds (Wed-nes-day)
7 Words within words (library – has a bra in it)
8 Refer to etymology (bi + cycle = two + wheels)
9 Use analogy ( train, main, etc)
10  Apply spelling rules (double consonant with cvc verbs - stopping )
12 Learn by sight (look-cover-write-check)

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How to Respond to Spelling Mistakes

Pick up on common words first. Highlight the part of the word that is wrong in a different colour. Find a strategy, like a mnemonic

There is SPIT in a hospital.

Father And Mother I Love You - family

Never Eat Cucumber Eat Smoke Salmon And Remain Young - necessary

O U Lucky Duck - could, would

There is a RAT in separate

I to the END will be your FRIEND

Help with Learning Spellings

Use the website to make wordsearches and crosswords to support spelling.

Use Apps like Squeebles Spelling to learn spelling lists

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Rules for making words plural (more than one)

 Most words just add   s

 Add  es  if  the word ends in a hissing/ buzzing/ shushing sound.

Another way to remember this is to add es if you can hear an extra syllable when you make it plural.

 Words ending in e, just add   s.

 Words ending in y, add s if the final letter has a vowel in front. (boy - boys) change the y to i and add es if the final letter has a consonant in front. (city - cities)



Write the plurals of these words into a table:


pen   berry   sandwich   tick   key   toys   kiss   city

pass   game   baby   fly   witch   puppy   brush


Add s

Add es

Change y to i and add es







We are going to look at words ending in f.


1.   Can you think of any words that end in f?

 2.   What happens to the f when the word becomes plural (more than one)?

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Can you find any exceptions?


"q" is always written as "qu" in words (kw).


No English word ends in v, j, i or q.


Double l, f, s, after one vowel at the end of a short word, e.g. call, toss, stiff, stuff.


The "i" or "ee" sound at the end of a word is always written as "y".


Regular plurals are made by adding "s", e.g. dogs, horses, cliffs.


For plurals of words with a "hissing" end, add "es", e.g. buses, foxes, buzzes, wishes, churches, misses.


"ck", "dge", "tch" are usually after a short vowel.


If a word ends in a consonant plus "y", change the "y" to "I" before adding any ending except "ing". E.g. marry-married-marrying.


When "c" is followed by "e", "i" or "y", it says "s". Otherwise it says "k", e.g. centre- cream.


When two vowels go walking, the first does the talking and tells you it’s name the second says nothing at all.


When adding "ing" or "ed" think of the Add Double or Drop rule.


When "g" is followed by "e", "i" or "y", it says "j" as in gentle. Otherwise it says "g" as in gold.


When "w" comes before "or" it says "wer" as in worm, e.g. work, worst.


"y" only acts as a consonant at the beginning of a word, e.g. yes, otherwise it says "i", e.g. cry or "ee", e.g. very.

Spelling Curriculum.docx
Statutory Spelling information
LPU Spelling Challenges.pdf
useful spelling resource
Year 7 Spelling Bank.pdf
Useful KS3 Spelling resource
KS2 Spelling Bank.pdf
Literacy Strategy Spelling Ideas
Phonic Spellings.pdf
Phonic Spelling resource
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