Spelling - worksheets

 Right from the start of learning to spell children should use a combination of phonic sounds, the actual shape of a word and an understanding of how the word is used in a passage. It is essential albeit time-consuming that children when presenting the written word have the correct spelling. Parents can often help with this by using books with pictures and captions, computer programs either on a DS, Playstation, iPad or electronic pocket speller. The worksheets below are suggestions as to how spelling can be taught the traditional way. Remember your child will have to write with pen or pencil in school and also in most test situations without having a spell-checker.

One of the most common questions we are asked is 'How can I help my child with spelling?' Accurate spelling does not come automatically to all children. We have compiled some pages which will help with many common problems.

  Help with spelling
Help with spelling, through the use of phonics and pictures, will reinforce and consolidate for children the patterns of words. Words such as flowers or stairs can be remembered if there are pictures to accompany them.

High Frequency words list
How to teach spelling
Stimulate spelling in children
Spelling rules
Help your child with spellings
Spelling test tips
Spelling games
Spelling tips

 Children learn to spell in various ways - Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check is a traditional method of learning spelling.

  • LOOK - at the word, noting any parts which are particularly difficult.
  • SAY the word aloud. Close your eyes and try to ‘see’ it in your ‘mind’s eye’.
  • COVER - the word and remind yourself how you will remember it.
  • WRITE - the word, saying it as you write it.
  • CHECK - the word, letter for letter, to see if you have written it correctly. Pay attention to any mistakes. Rewrite if necessary.

There are many games both interactive and paper-based which reinforce this learning. Phonics taught in most schools enables children to tackle new words in a positive and confident manner. Experienced parents and grandparents use storybooks to stimulate interest, increase vocabulary, improve spelling, and increase imagination.

Try words out and find where your child needs help. We start with 'High Frequency Words' covered in Foundation Stage/Year 1. These are the most commonly used 100 words. Children should be able to read all these by the end of Year 1, and be able to spell most of them. These words usually play an important part in holding together the general coherence of texts and early familiarity with them will help pupils get pace and accuracy into their reading at an early stage.

Spelling lists including High Frequency reading words

High frequency words R to 2
High frequency words for KS1
Spellings per day for KS1
100 high frequency words
Next 200 High Frequency words
Days of the week spellings etc
Spelling words to help with reading
Spelling of everyday things
SATS spellings KS1 and 2
Spelling words for Year 2
Spelling words for Year 1
Challenge spellings for KS1
Spellings on colours
Spelling list 1
Spelling list 2
Spelling list 3
Key words spelling
High Frequency words list
Family names
Animals spelling
Toys spelling
Spell your numbers
Vowel sounds ee and ea spelling
Word list for Years 3 and 4
Word list for Years 5 and 6
Spelling lists for 9 to 10 year olds
Spelling of different sports
Medium frequency words Years 4 and 5
Commonly misspelt words
Tricky words 2
SATS spelling words for Year 6
Edmonton spelling test
Year 3 optional spelling
Year 6 SATS frequent spelling words
Spelling words for Years 3 and 4
Worksheet 2 on to too and two
Thinking about to, too and two
English appendix 1: spelling
CK words KS1
Word list Years 5 and 6
Word list Years 3 and 4
Word list spellings Years 5 and 6
Word list spellings Years 3 and 4
ai spelling words
Everyday spelling words

Spelling tips

To enable the children to continue the process of learning spellings it is sometimes useful to provide them with hints and rules to make life easier and more fun. 

Spelling tips 1 and 2
Spelling rules 2
Spelling rules KS2
Spelling tips and rules
Spelling tips for Year 3
Spelling tips for Year 4
Spelling tips for Year 5
Spelling tips for Year 6
How to help with learning spellings KS2

Use these together for fun.

Word search 1 reception
Word search 2 KS1
Word search 3 for KS1
Word search 4 Years 3-4
Word search 5 Years4-5
Fun ideas for learning spellings Years 5 and 6



Books for reading aloud and Books to help with phonics as well as Phonic games, toys and software will reinforce learning and will be a useful guide for adults with young children.


The essential spelling list
The essential spelling book 2
KS2 English spelling SAT buster
KS2 National Literacy Strategy spelling rules


Support for spelling
Support for spelling
Year 7 spelling bank

Using a dictionary

Some children find working with a dictionary baffling. There are so many learning points in discovering the sequencing of the alphabet that the sooner it is started the better. Here are dictionaries and other reference books suitable for this age group.

Using a dictionary
Look up these words
Alphabetical order
Dictionaries and English words
Alphabetical order for Year 3
Using a thesaurus
Playing with words-KS2
Dictionaries and glossaries
Using a dictionary KS2, no2
Using a dictionary KS2, no1
Using a dictionary KS2, no3
Dictionary work upper KS2
Dictionaries and spelling
More dictionary work
Using a dictionary KS3

KS1 spelling and tests

Many schools will ask children to learn a list of new spelling words each week and these tests are ideal for reinforcing this work. SATS include spelling tests and accurate spelling is expected in all tests and exams so constant practise is invaluable. Ensuring your child knows the High Frequency Words will be invaluable.


KS1 spelling Coconut
KS1 spelling In the park
Spelling plural story KS!
Dictation spelling test
Schonell spelling test
Dictation spelling passage for Year 2
Spelling revision Year 1
Spelling revision Year 2
Animal names
Finding words
Spelling and thoughts for Year 2
Spellings for 6 year olds
Spelling and rhyme
Can you spell 2?
Compound word spelling Year 2
Missing vowels Year 1
Missing last sound
X or cks Year 1
th sh ch for Year 1
Word searches for Year 1

KS2 spelling and tests

We have compiled some papers to help consolidate spellings taught in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Spelling KS2 tests
Year 6 SATS frequent spelling words
Year 4 spelling test
Key stage 2 shorter writing task
Spelling test dictation Year 4
Spelling task Year 5
Writing test for KS2 and spelling
Spelling test
Spelling test Years 3 and 4 - clothes
Spelling passage Year 4 - 1
Spelling test for KS2
Dictation passage for KS2
Spelling activity sheet before football
Spelling list for football fans
Spelling tests Year 5 and 6
Can you spell?
Olympic sports spellings
Spelling words on the Olympics Year 3
Spelling test contractions KS2
Spelling ideas to help you remember
Safer cycling spelling passage
Spelling made from foreign words
Exercise on spelling for Year 3
Try these spellings for Year 4
KS2 SATS type spelling test 1
KS2 SATS type spelling test 2
KS2 SATS type spelling test 3
Spelling topic for year 4
Spelling practice Year 5 and 6 no 1
Spelling practice Year 5 and 6 no 2
Spelling compound words
Spelling ei ar ie
Spelling ideas for Year 3
Word endings for Year 5
Tricky word pairs Years 5 and 6
Ory ery ary KS2
Silent letters KS2
Spelling words and their uses
Word chains
Can you spell these words?
Wet world spelling KS2
Vocabulary KS2
Double consonant spelling Year 4
Do you know any ig words?
Spell these un words
Spelling test KS2
Compound words
Spellings KS2
Spell these words
Family spellings KS2
Spelling tion and ious words
Words with ight and ite
Sporting words to spell
Spelling and group words KS2
Spelling words KS2
Compound spellings Year 4
Spell these words correctly for Year 4
Spelling practice for Year 5
Spelling the 'schwa' sound
Silent letter spelling Year 6
Root words & word families for Year 4
Curriculum spelling Year 4 no 1
Curriculum spelling Year 4 no 2
Curriculum spelling Year 4 no 3
Curriculum spelling Year 4 no 4


There are some rules about English spelling but they are often very complicated and there are often exceptions. A few useful rules are given below:
  • When you add "all" to the beginning of a word, use one "l" e.g. although, also, always, almost
  • When you add "full" to the end of a word, use one "l" e.g. wonderful, faithful, hateful, useful
  • You only ever add "ly" to the end of a word, not "lly". If the word ends in "l" to start with, you finish up with "lly" – e.g. faithful – faithfully, careful – carefully.
  • Words ending in "y" often change the "y" to "i" before a suffix is added e.g. happy – happily, funny – funniest. Exceptions: where –ing is added e.g. worry – worrying, fly – flying
  • Words ending in "e" often lose the "e" before a suffix that starts with a vowel e.g. believe – believable, expense – expensive, hope – hoping. Exceptions – some words ending in –ce or – ge keep the "e" before –ous and –able e.g. notice – noticeable, courage – courageous

Parents in Touch spelling worksheets

Children will be taught spelling patterns which enable children to grasp the concept. We have listed some of these by year below or used as a specific reason arises. These pages explain the rules and include practice questions.


Spelling patterns le Year 3
Spelling patterns silent letters Year 4
Spelling patterns ei Year 5
Spelling patterns ance and ence Year 6
Spelling patterns ance/ence Year 6 no 2
Spelling patterns ch
Spelling patterns ai ay igh
Spelling patterns ei Year 5
able words 2
Year 4 spelling qu and our
CVCe pattern words
Short vowel sound spelling
Help your spelling words with ch
Difficult spellings for reference
Silent letters
Sports we enjoy spellings
Spelling of homophones
y and i word endings for Year 3
Spelling passages for Year 4


Break difficult words up, by using space and colour/highlighter, or put a box around the part of the word you find difficult or change the ‘look’ of the word e.g. bourg eoi sie div / ide d ivi de
Write the word in a coloured pen and then look up and to the left and try to visualise the word in your ‘minds eye’.


Spelling FS aeiou
Winter weather words and spelling
Complete the sentences
There, they're and their
First and last letter spelling
Spelling -the 1-6 game
Words to learn to read and spell
Frequently misspelt words
Spell correctly
Spelling ideas 2
Looking at words KS2


Spelling- silent letters
First and last letter spellings Year 2
el and le words
ow and ou words
Can you spell and read these words?
Plurals s es and ies
Spellings and meanings
Silent g words for KS2
Compound word cards
Spellings for KS2
Learn to spell
Exercises to learn spellings
Common spelling mistakes KS2
Sound out these words and learn to spell them
Our changing language
Spelling mnemonics
How words are made
How words are made Literacy practice Y6
Spelling ideas
Proof reading and spelling for Year 6
Proof reading and spelling for Year 6
Triple consonant blend word endings
Look at these compound words
Words from other languages
Spelling help Year 3 and 4
Our changing language
Spelling ideas - alphabetical order
Spelling ideas
Spelling: words with silent letters
Spelling root words
Dictation on Sports Day
Spelling list for Year 4
Spellings for Year 5
Spelling questions Year 4
Can you spell? KS2
Spellings for all KS2
Vowels within words spelling
Spelling help
Compound words KS2
Vowels and suffixes revision KS2
Commonly misspelt words 2
Spelling and dictation Years 3 and 4

Homophones and homonyms

Homonyms are words which have the same spelling and pronunciation as each other but different meanings, eg bear can be a soft toy or mean ‘to carry’.
Homophones are words which sound the same as each other (eg there and their) but have different spellings and meanings.


Homophones and spelling mistakes
Spellng same word different meaning
Homonyms Year 3
Homophones KS 1 to 3
More homophones Years 5 and 6
Same sound different meaning
Advanced homophones
Spelling help on homophones
Homophones Years 3 and 4
Homophones Years 5 and 6
Homophones worksheet KS2
Homophone sentences Years 3 and 4
Homophone sentences Years 5 and 6


Spelling is primarily a visual/motor activity and to spell correctly, you will usually need a visual image of the word, plus practice at writing the word to reinforce your motor memory. Relying on sounding out words is not always the best strategy, as many words in the English language are not written as they sound. When trying to remember a word, you need to look with interest and with the intention of remembering it. Merely copying words doesn’t always help you to learn!

Key stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9 spellings
Spelling list KS3
KS3 spellings
Spelling Test for Key Stage 3
Spelling Year 7
KS3 spelling list
Spelling test for KS3
Year 7 spelling bank
Spelling pupil booklet
Word families KS3 spelling
Spelling list Years 8 and 9
Spelling booklet KS3
Spelling challenge KS3
Spellings help your writing
Words with silent e for KS3
Thoughts on spellings Year 8
Spelling KS3
Tricky word pairs KS3
Can you spell? KS3
Spellings KS3 no 2
Word formation spelling KS3
Talking in phonetics
Spelling of everyday words

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