Year 5 Spelling

Have a happy and healthy holiday

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

Does your child spend less time outdoors than prison inmates? A survey suggests three-quarters of children do, as the time spent playing in parks, woods and fields has shrunk dramatically due to lack of green spaces, digital technology and parents’ fears.

Research shows that playing outdoors promotes social skills, improves vision, reduces stress, increases attention span and provides vitamin D.

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


Summer Half Term

In line with our Homework Policy, there are no homework tasks or spellings to learn next week because it’s the Summer half-term holiday. Of course, there are plenty of ways to help your child continue learning: get reading, go places, talk lots!

Have a happy and healthy holiday.

20 May 2016

This week’s spellings link to our themed ‘Money Week’ and will be tested on Friday 27 May.

  • expensive
  • extortionate
  • discounted
  • bargain
  • accumulate
  • contribute
  • squander
  • currency
  • income
  • earnings

As we’re going to be developing our understanding of money next week – what it’s worth, where it comes from, where it goes – it is just as important that the children explore what these words mean as well as how they are spelled.

13 May 2016

This week’s spellings are to practise changing …ble to …bly. Note how each word initially ends in ‘e’ but this is removed when the ‘y’ is added.

  • possible, possibly,
  • impossible
  • horrible, horribly,
  • terrible, terribly,
  • visible, visibly,
  • invisible
  • incredible, incredibly,
  • sensible, sensibly

These words will be tested on Friday 20 May but, don’t forget, the point of learning these spellings is to spell them correctly – not to do well in a test!

The words have now been added to Spellodrome so there are plenty of different ways we can practise our spellings.