Year 5 Spelling

05 February 2016

This week’s spelling are, again, all unrelated words. Just learn them, please!

  • forty
  • frequently
  • government (watch the silent n – it helps to think about the verb to govern and the noun governors)
  • guarantee (watch the silent u!)
  • harass
  • hindrance
  • identity
  • immediately

Children will also be tested on some spellings that they have previously learnt.

29 January 2016

This week’s spellings don’t follow any rule – they’re just ones to learn! As always, we’ll expect children to be able to use them in sentences, so they should practise this.

  1. equip – equipment – equipped
  2. especially
  3. exaggerate
  4. excellent
  5. existence
  6. explanation
  7. familiar
  8. foreign

We will also test some from previous lists, so please don’t forget to always revise.

22 January 2016

This week, all of our words are ones which have an ‘…able‘ ending, or words which come from the same root. They are written as the verb, then the adjective and, sometimes, as the adverb, too.

change – changeable
notice – noticeable – noticeably
depend – dependable
comfort – comfortable – comfortably
understand – understandable – understandably
reason – reasonable – reasonably
enjoy – enjoyable
rely – reliable – reliably

15 January 2016

This week’s spellings are homophones therefore they need to be practised within a sentence in order for the correct choice to be made.

precede – proceed

  • C precedes D in the alphabet.
  • “Please proceed with your class assembly, Y5,” said Mr Roundtree.

principal – principle

  • The principal part of the Solar System is the sun.
  • You need to have good principles.

profit – prophet

  • A business needs to make a profit to succeed.
  • A prophet said I would win the lottery.

stationary – stationery

  • Remain stationary when a wasp comes near you.
  • We use use lots of stationery in school: pencils, pens, rulers and sharpeners.

where – wear – were

  • Where is the nearest supermarket?
  • I like to wear warm clothing in Winter.
  • We were enjoying learning about different materials.

there – their – they’re

  • There’s a pink elephant over there!
  • They went to get their lunch boxes.
  • They’re going to Leeds City Museum very soon.

are – our – hour

  • We are looking forward to moving on to learning out ‘Life’.
  • Our favourite topic so far has been ‘Mission to Space’.
  • A lesson usually lasts about 1 hour.

wait – weight

  • Wait here while I hide.
  • It’s good to be a healthy weight.

would – wood

  • Would you like to come and have a picnic?
  • Let’s go to the woods and have a picnic.

allowed – aloud

  • I’m allowed to stay up later at a weekend.
  • Sometimes it’s helpful to read things aloud.


08 January 2016

The spellings this week follow a similar pattern, involving changing a t to a c.

innocent – innocence
decent – decency
frequent – frequency
confident – confidence – confidential
observant – observance – observation
expectant – expectance – expectancy
tolerant – tolerance – toleration
substance – substantial

These spellings will be practised throughout the week before being tested on Friday 15 January.

It’s Christmas…

There are no homework tasks or spellings during the holiday period.

Instead, support your child in other ways. Make sure they take part in family events, encourage them to relax and catch up on some reading at home, encourage them to send thank you notes (emails are fine, too!) – all these things will help their English skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Plenty of maths skills can be practised, too – planning some top telly and considering times and durations of programmes, working out what half price is when the sales start… could your child even help with some cooking to use various measures?

Whatever they do, make sure your child, and you, have a happy and healthy Christmas break.

11 December 2015

Our spellings this week have no particular rule or thing in common.

  • courtesy
  • convenience
  • disastrous
  • determined
  • desperate
  • curiosity
  • definite
  • dictionary
  • controversy
  • discipline


04 December 2015

This week’s spellings are all words with letters that you can’t hear. Children should remember to practise changing the root word (on the left) into other words that come from that root. Some are listed for children here.

  1. environment – environmental
  2. government – governing – governed
  3. marriage
  4. doubt – doubting – doubted
  5. resign – resigning – resigned
  6. wrist
  7. calm – calming – calmed
  8. guard – guarding – guarded
  9. mortgage – mortgaging – mortgaged
  10. ghost – ghosting – ghosted

20 November 2015

This week, we have lots of verbs to learn. Children have been given the infinitive verbs, but should be ready to change them to different versions of the same verb. For example, the first word is “to publicise”, but children should be able to spell “publicised” or “publish”.

  • to publicise
  • to criticise
  • to exercise
  • to correspond
  • to develop
  • to encourage
  • to embarrass
  • to fascinate
  • to ignite
  • to pulsate

13 November 2015

This week’s spellings are homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings) or near-homophones. We’ve discussed meanings and uses in class.

  • guest – guessed
  • heard – herd
  • farther – further – father
  • led – lead
  • morning – mourning
  • past – passed
  • he’ll – heal – heel
  • break – brake
  • affect – effect
  • accept – except