Year 5 Spelling

02 October 2015

This week’s spellings will be tested on Friday 09 October.

They are homophones whose spelling shouldn’t be difficult, but understanding their role in the sentence (noun or verb) is trickier.

advise – advice 

  • Verb – I advise you to stop smoking.
  • Noun – That was good advice you gave me.

devise – device

  • Verb – We need to devise a plan.
  • Noun – This device will help us with our plan.

license – licence 

  • Verb – I am licensed to drive.
  • Noun – I hope I can get my driving licence.

practise – practice

  • Verb – I’m going to go and practise my piano.
  • Noun – I need to walk to the piano practice.

prophesy – prophecy

  • Verb – I prophesy that I will get top marks.
  • Noun – The prophecy said I would get top marks.

compliment – complement

  • Verb – That jumper complements your eyes.
  • Noun – A full complement of workers built the house.
  • Verb – I complimented my mum’s eyes.
  • Noun – What a lovely compliment.

descent – dissent

  • Verb – The crew dissented from the captain’s decision.
  • Noun – A steep descent loomed in front of me.

25 September 2015

This week’s spellings focus on the ‘double up for a short vowel‘ rule and will be tested on Friday 02 October.

  • aggression
  • accommodate
  • accompany
  • according
  • lugging
  • possibility
  • approached
  • clattering
  • pummelled
  • toppled

Your child will be tested on six of these spellings. In addition, they’ll be tested on two spellings they’ve learnt in previous weeks and two spellings that follow the double up rule but aren’t on the spelling list.

Additional spellings

Although we’re learning the spellings given in our red learning list books, here are some additional ones picked from mistakes in books this week.

  • thing
  • there
  • for
  • no-one
  • found
  • saw

18 September 2015

This week’s spellings use the spelling part ‘ough’ – this week, the ‘ough’ is pronounced in different ways. There are some tricky words to remember as well. We’re focusing on the 8 times table. Both will be tested on Friday 25 September.

  • though
  • although
  • dough
  • through
  • thorough
  • borough
  • plough

…And here are the tricky words.

  • achieve
  • amateur
  • ancient

11 September 2015

Children have been given a new Learning List book, which gives lots of great tips for learning spellings as well as being designed to allow children to practise independently.

This week’s spellings are all words that include ough:











10 July 2015

The spellings this week are a little different. The children won’t know the spelling list until the test. However, they have been told that the words will be from the three main spelling rules we talk about:

  • drop the e for ing
  • double up for short vowel sounds
  • drop the y for an i



Children should look back at their learning lists for spelling lists featuring these rules.

03 July 2015

This week in Year 5, there are no spellings to learn.

Next week, we’ll be carrying out short progress tests to help inform my end of year assessments.  These will include a spelling test.

26 June 2015

The spellings this week are all homophones (words which sound the same but have different meanings or spellings). The words are listed in pairs and children may be tested on any of the words. As the spellings sound the same, they will need to understand the context that the word is read in.

Group 2 should learn all of the words.

Group 1 do not have to (but are encouraged) to learn the bold words.

1. where wear
2. weak week
3. our are
4. new knew
5. bean been
6. past passed
7. through threw
8. aloud allowed
9. guessed guest
10. weather whether


19 June 2015

The spellings this week are all words with silent letters. The silent letter in each word is in bold.

1. doubt
2. lamb
3. limb
4. tomb
5. knight
6. knock
7. knowledge
8. honest
9. ghastly
10. rhyme


12 June 2015

All the spellings this week contain the letter string ough. It’s important to practise reading these words as well as writing them down as there are a variety of sounds that the ough words can make.

The sound which the ough word make are shown in bold in the list eg ‘uff‘.


1. enough
2. rough
3. tough


4. bought
5. thought
6. brought
7. fought


8. though
9. dough
10. although


11. cough


12. plough