Being able to spell is an incredibly important skill in primary school and all children at school in England will sit a spelling test at the end of Year 6. Children who can spell well are often more confident writers. They are more likely to write their ideas quickly and fluently as they don’t need to worry about whether or not their spelling is correct. They are also likely to be more adventurous with the words they use to express themselves.

Weekly Spellings

We follow Spelling Shed programme. Your child should have a Spelling Shed login to access the site and practice their weekly spellings that are set by their class teacher. A paper copy can also be sent home, if required. Spellings are set from Year 1 onwards and spelling tests will take place on Wednesdays.

Weekly spellings are set from Year 1 onwards and spelling tests take place on Wednesdays.

Spellings are set on Spelling Shed and your child will can also be given a paper copy (if required).

Common Exception Words

These words are sometimes called “tricky words”, they don’t quite follow the normal spelling and phonics rules.

Children should be able to read on sight, spell and use in their writing these words by the end of their age related year.

Y1 Common Exception Words
Y2 Common Exception Words
Y3/4 Word List
Y5/6 Word List

Helping with Spelling Homework

Memorising lists of words comes more easily to some children than to others. Here are a few ways to help children learn to spell and some tips for making spelling homework fun.

    • Build the words with magnetic letters, alphabet blocks, or scrabble pieces
    • Create your own crossword puzzle/word searches (there are online tools to help you do this https://www.puzzle-maker.com/CW)
    • Write the words in rainbow colours
    • Make flash cards
    • Play “Hangman”
    • Write a story using each spelling word
    • Find the words in a dictionary and use each word in a sentence

KS1 Spelling Challenge Cards
KS2 Spelling Challenge Cards