11 of the best spelling resources for KS1 and KS2
Whether you still spell it 'SPaG' or go for the modern 'GPS', that 'S' part is a key component that you can help children master with these games, activities, strategies and advice…
- by Teachwire
1 | Great speller and reader certificates
These free printable certificates are for giving out a ‘Great Reader Award’ and one ‘Great Speller Award’.
Use them in class or in school-wide competitions and literacy initiatives.
2 | Interactive spelling games
Give these five free-to-play games a go to consolidate spelling skills and eradicate common mistakes.
3 | Custom word lists
At SpellingFrame you pick a year group, then a spelling rule, then get a word list to either view, print or test yourself with online.
So, for example, you can choose from adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words of more than one syllable, words with the /s/ sound spelt sc, homophones and near-homophones, and more.
In the interactive tests, children can opt to have the entire sentence read out, or just the word they need to spell.
4 | Year 2 spelling workout homophones
These review worksheets, covering the Year 2 homophones and near-homophone list from the English Programme of Study, are an excellent way to revise and practise these words.
Words featured on the sheet include: there/their/they’re, here/hear, quite/quiet, see/sea, bare/bear, one/won, sun/son, to/too/two, be/bee, blue/blew, night/knight.
The worksheets include five different activities in which children look at spelling patterns, identify misspelt words and apply their spellings in context.
5 | Year 3/4 spelling review
These spelling word worksheets provide a great way to practise and test the Year 3 and 4 words from the National Curriculum Spelling List.
All of the Year 3 and 4 spelling words are covered across five challenge sheets, each containing three different types of spelling challenge.
6 | Year 5/6 spelling review
And for upper-KS2 students, these worksheets do exactly the same, with the addition of anagrams and cryptic clues.
7 | Spelling Crime Scene Investigators
This is a proof-reading resource suitable for Y6 children, including grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors.
The PDF includes a report about a class trip to a museum, and children are told that there are 19 spelling mistakes, nine of which are homophones, as well as eight punctuation errors and five grammar slip-ups.
Their job is to spot and correct them.
8 | ‘Ough’ doughnut phonics
Use these doughnut-themed resources to explain to children how the ‘ough’ spelling can represent many different sounds.
9 | Memorable strategies and games to make spelling stick
Does your class learn how to spell words one week, only to forget the next? It’s time for more-memorable strategies, and Rachel Clarke offers six of her favourites here.
10 | Teach spelling as a problem-solving skill…like maths
Why do we consistently give children the answer when working with words when we would never dream of doing so with numbers, asks Laura Dobson.
11 | Strategies for teaching spelling, from a poor speller
Look, say, cover, write, check didn’t work for Ruth Baker-Leask, but these strategies would have made all the difference.