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Spelling Guide

Here are some simple ways to help you assist your child to learn spellings.

Practice these techniques with the spelling list of words that pupils at KS3 will often encounter. If you would like more advice contact Mrs Roden or your son/daughter’s teacher at school.


1) Look Cover Write Check

  • Look at the word.
  • Cover it - try to picture it in your mind.
  • Write it out once.
  • Check to see if it is correct.
  • If you get it right, write it out three times covering it each time.
  • If you get it wrong, underline the incorrect letters.
  • Repeat the process until you spell it correctly!


2) Look for patterns and words within words

  • I will be your friend to the end / vegetable
  • Or take a word like dissatisfied,
  • The prefix rule dis + satisfied (so it has two Ss)
  • Think of other linked words - satisfactory, satisfy


3) Highlighting

  • Highlight the difficult part of the word. For example “separate” find a way of remembering the problem letters.

“There’s a rat in separate.”


4) Syllables

  • Break the word down into syllables. Each syllable should have a vowel – a, e, i, o, u. For example  - Man-u-fac-ture


5) Look at word families

  • light might night fight tight
  • strength length


6) Mnemonics

  • A mnemonic is a way of helping you to remember.

For example - Necessary - “a shirt has one collar and two sleeves”.

  • Make up your own mnemonics.


7) Say it!

  • Say the word as it looks, rather than how it is spoken.
  • For example - Wed-nes-day