Overview of the spellings for the autumn term
For your easy reference, here is a copy of the spelling list for each week for the Lent term.
The children are given weekly spellings and we ask that you try to encourage your child to learn them. We give out spellings on a Monday and carry out a test on the following Monday. The children in Years 3 and 4 learn the same spelling patterns and the words get gradually harder over the two years. It is really important that children the learn the spelling rule and not just the words for the test. This will really help them when writing as they will be able to apply the spelling rules and not just learn each word individually.
These are the spelling rules the children need to cover by the end of Year 4.
Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words of more than one syllable e.g. forgetting, forgotten, beginning, beginner, prefer, preferred, gardening, gardener, limiting, limited, limitation
The i sound spelt y elsewhere than at the end of words e.g. myth, gym, Egypt, pyramid,
The sound spelt ou e.g. young, touch, double, trouble, country
More prefixes e.g. Like un–, the prefixes dis– and mis– have negative meanings. re– means ‘again’ or ‘back’, sub– means ‘under’., inter– means ‘between’ or ‘among’., super– means ‘above’., anti– means ‘against’., auto– means ‘self’ or ‘own’., dis–, mis–: disappoint, disagree, disobey, misbehave, mislead, misspell (mis + spell), in–: inactive, incorrect, illegal, illegible, immature, immortal, impossible, impatient, imperfect, irregular, irrelevant, irresponsible, re–: redo, refresh, return, reappear, redecorate, sub–: subdivide, subheading, submarine, submerge, inter–: interact, intercity, international, interrelated (inter + related), super–: supermarket, superman, superstar, anti–: antiseptic, anti-clockwise, antisocial, auto–: autobiography, autograph
The suffix –ation e.g. information, adoration, sensation
The suffix –ly e.g. gently, simply, happily
sure and ture e.g. treasure, pleasure, picture, furniture
Words ending with sion, tion, ssion, cian e.g. invasion, information, session, optician
The suffix ous e.g. obvious, dangerous
The k sound spelt ch e.g. chorus, chemist, scheme
Words with a French origin- chalet, brochure, chef
Words ending with gue and que- antique, tongue
Words with the sc sound- discipline, fascinate, science
The ey, eigh or ei sound- prey, eight, vein
Possessive apostrophe with plural words
Homophones- sea/see, ball/bawl
Tricky words the children are expected to learn;
accident(ally), actual(ly), address, answer, appear, arrive, believe, bicycle, breath, breathe, build, busy/business, calendar, caught, centre, century, certain, circle, complete, consider, continue, decide, describe, different, difficult, disappear, early, earth, eight/eighth, enough, exercise, experience, experiment, extreme, famous, favourite, February, forward(s), fruit, grammar, group, guard, guide, heard, heart, height, history, imagine, increase, important, interest, island, knowledge, learn, length, library, material, medicine, mention, minute, natural, naughty, notice, occasion(ally), often, opposite, ordinary, particular, peculiar, perhaps, popular, position, possess(ion), possible, potatoes, pressure, probably, promise, purpose, quarter, question, recent, regular, reign, remember, sentence, separate, special, straight, strange, strength, suppose, surprise, therefore, though/although, thought, through, various, weight, woman/women
Spelling with the Spellits
This website offers a fun way for your child to improve their spelling. There are 3 games designed for children between 7 11 years old. In each game the child is drawn into a story and has to follow a quest or solve a mystery by doing some spelling challenges. If your child makes a mistake, the game will automatically offer them some help. This means they can work through the challenges on their own. Many children will enjoy the games more if they play with a friend. They'll find it easier to say the words out loud and have a giggle over some of the 'say it silly' spelling strategies. Don't forget to write down the clues as you go along so, if dinner-time interrupts a game, it can be continued later. Once your child has collected all the clues in a game, click on the Finished button, type in the clues and see how the story ends