Year 5 Spelling

23 September 2016

‘able’ and ‘ible’

This week’s spelling activity focuses on words ending in ‘able’ or ‘ible’ and recognising which suffix to use. This should be completed by Thursday 29 September.

Children should find words that end in either ‘able’ or ‘ible’ and begin to identify any patterns/rules they can see.

Children should present their findings in their homework books. We will discuss this in class and children will be given a word list to learn next week.

16 September 2016

‘ough’ words 

We have been focusing on learning how to spell (and say) words containing the ‘ough’ letter string.

Children should practise spelling these words in preparation for a test on Friday 23 September.

On the back page of every child’s homework book there is a sheet full of effective techniques to learn spellings. Children should be using these methods to ensure they learn how to spell these words effectively: for life, not just the test.


09 September 2016

In a change to past practice, children will no longer be given a list of words to learn each week before being tested on the Friday. Instead, we will focus on the same spelling rule for two weeks. This will allow children more time to learn, and retain, the spellings. One week, children will be given a task or activity to complete. The next, they will be given a list of words that follow the rule.

This week’s spelling activity is due on THURSDAY 15 September 2016.

Sort these words according to the sound the ‘ough’ letter string makes when you say the word.

For example, when you say ‘enough’, the ‘ough’ letter string makes an ‘uff’ sound.































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It’s the summer holidays at last, so there are no homework or spelling activities. Enjoy the holidays instead!

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15 July 2016

Gobblefunk words

To promote the big read and celebrate the work of Roald Dahl, this week’s spellings are all words found in his books.

Children should learn how to spell these words in preparation for their final spelling test on Thursday 21st July.

Although these are made-up words, your child be practising the skill of learning new words – a vital life skill. There are lots of rules in these words which apply to spelling real or made-up words. (‘Squibbling’, for example, is probably a verb, ‘to squibble’, and uses two key rules: ‘drop the e for i n g‘ and the always important ‘double up for short vowel sounds’.)


I wonder if you can figure out what they mean too or even track down some Roald Dahl books that have them in!

08 July 2016

This week’s spellings have been chosen by the children from an end of year test we did, identifying those which we’ve made mistakes on or find more difficult.

Think about what other spellings are similar to this: adding ‘ed‘, ‘ing‘ and any homophones that we might get confused with.

Spellings will be tested on Friday 15 July.

  • marvellous
  • interfere
  • sincere
  • comb
  • secretary
  • accommodate
  • stationery
  • category
  • confidence
  • suggest
  • island
  • reasonable
  • relevant
  • dough
  • physical
  • principle
  • essential
  • compliment
  • proceed
  • environment

01 July 2016

As you know, we have had to close school on Friday 01 July – Shadwell Lane had its water turned off.  For that reason, and because two classes are out of school today, there hasn’t been chance to set homework or spellings for this week.

Even though there is no set homework or spellings, please remember there are lots of things that the children can be doing to reflect on their learning from this week.

Again, I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the school closure.

24 June 2016

This week’s spellings highlight some words which require a hyphen along with some other simple words which have tricky spellings which we often forget.

  • to co-operate
  • co-operated
  • co-operating
  • to co-ordinate
  • co-ordinated
  • co-ordinating
  • to co-own
  • to re-enter
  • re-entering
  • re-entered
  • queue
  • rhythm
  • rhyme
  • shoulder

These spellings will be tested on Friday 01 July. Spelling should be practised at least four times a week for about ten minutes each time and we’ve created lots of different ways to practise spelling while in class which children can use at home.

17 June 2016

ei words and homophones

This week, we have a combination of words with ei in, as well as some more homophones.
deceive receive ceiling ascent – assent cereal – serial
conceive perceive weird bridal – bridle alter – altar

What other words can children find that have ei in? Lots come after a c, but some don’t. Homophones should always be practised in sentences.

10 June 2016

This week’s spellings have been chosen by the children and me because they’re words we’ve noticed lots of us make mistakes on. These spellings will be tested on Friday 17 June.

  • favourite
  • colour
  • excited
  • excellent
  • different
  • altogether
  • absolutely
  • definitely
  • necessarily
  • minutes