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Year 5 Spelling

Spelling is a vital skill to practice every day! This page will have resources related to the Year 5 spelling curriculum, to support you with your learning. You have three main things to practice:

  • the Year 5 & 6 Statutory Spelling List (and any words from previous year lists that you need to practice).
  • spelling rules that we have been learning each week. All the spelling rules for Years 5 and 6 can be seen in the National Curriculum Spelling Document.
  • Personal spellings which you have identified to practice and master. You will write some down to take home every week.

Spelling Strategies

As a school, we follow the national guidance to employ synthetic phonics as a primary strategy in your child's formative years, supported with other spelling strategies as they become proficient with the phonemes and their related graphemes in Years 1 and 2. By Year 5, most children will be using a wider range of spelling strategies which will enable them to recall related spellings, recognise word families, tackle tricky non-phonetic words, and to make plausible predictions for new words. Some of the strategies we will practice are listed below:

  • synthetic phonics: learning each phoneme and their related graphemes, and making plausible predictions (consolidating Years 1 to 3)
  • learning specific words in families related to their correct grapheme and phoneme, e.g. thought, bought, sought, fought; plough, bough; tough, rough, enough
  • learning word families by using a root word, suffixes and prefixes, e.g. fine, define, refine, confine, definite, definition, confinement, finite, infinite, infinity, refined, defined
  • looking at the etymology of root words, e.g. the meaning of words and their parts in ancient Greek, Latin, Old English, Norse and other world languages.
  • finding the definition of new and unfamiliar words.
  • Spelling games to aid memory and recall, e.g. rainbow write, blue vowels, pyramid words, word shape, acrostic mnemonics.
  • Making our own Personal Spelling Dictionaries.
  • Writing sentence using new words.

You can download a set of spelling strategy games similar to the ones we practice with each week in school here: Spelling Strategy Games,  more Spelling Strategy Games

 SPELLING YEAR 5 Autumn Term
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-ible and -able words

This week, we have been looking at turning nouns into adjectives with the suffixes -ible and -able. The main rule as to which word uses which is whether you can hear the full root word or not. If you can, most use -able; if you can only hear part of the root word, it usually uses -ible. There are exceptions to this rule!


Silent letter words

This week we have been looking at words with a silent letter, and grouping them into families.


-ough words

This week we have been looking at words which have the same vowel grapheme -ough, but different sounds for it. We have put them into different groups based upon the phoneme sound that they employ: