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Year 2 spelling words – 13 of the best worksheets and resources for KS1 SPaG

Help young learners get a good grasp on spelling before they get to KS2 with these activities, ideas, games and more…

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National Curriculum English Programme of Study

Pupils should be taught to

  • Spell by:
    • segmenting spoken words into phonemes and representing these by graphemes, spelling many correctly
    • learning new ways of spelling phonemes for which one or more spellings are already known, and learn some words with each spelling, including a few common homophones
    • learning to spell common exception words
    • learning to spell more words with contracted forms
    • learning the possessive apostrophe (singular) [for example, the girl’s book]
    • distinguishing between homophones and near-homophones
  • Add suffixes to spell longer words, including –ment, –ness, –ful, –less, –ly

1 | Year 2 spelling workout worksheets

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.

This comprehensive set of teaching, practice and revision activities cover the statutory word lists and spelling patterns for Year 2, encouraging children to master rules and exceptions, identify misspelt words and apply their spellings creatively in context.

The worksheets include five different activities in which children look at spelling patterns, identify misspelt words and apply their spellings in context.

Check them all out here.

2 | Year 2 common exception words worksheet packs

These Y2 common exception word (CEW) packs allow pupils to practise reading and spelling a selection of the 64 tricky words.

Each of the 6 worksheets includes two or three words for Key Stage 1 pupils to read, spell and understand, with an opportunity to develop letter formation using handwriting line guides.

Find them all here.

3 | Year 2 common exception words – Word mat and word cards pack

This Key Stage 1 pack has been put together to support you in ensuring that children are familiar with the Y2 common exception words, both for reading and for spelling.

The words are presented on cards for display; and as mats (in alphabetical and non-alphabetical order) that can be used for table work.

Get this pack here.

4 | One-syllable word families spelling activities

Looking for activities for Year 2 spellings? The resources in this spelling games KS1 word family pack will help children in KS1 to practise recognising letter patterns through interactive wall displays and card sorting activities.

This pack is great for covering KS1 spellings because there are 20 word families to look at.

Get this resource here.

5 | Interactive spelling games

For something a little different and a bit more fun, give these free-to-play games a go to consolidate spelling skills and eradicate common mistakes.

Check them out here.

6 | 7 ways to boost spelling in primary

Greater accuracy will free children to write fluently, at greater length and to include more challenging vocabulary, so try these tips from Kirstie Hewett.

Check them out here.

7 | Year 2 spelling patterns classroom display packs

Enhance your KS1 classroom displays with these sets of 14 colourful posters based around Year 2 spelling patterns.

Each poster shows the spelling pattern surrounded by 8 eye-catching images illustrating words that use that pattern.

As well as the completed posters, the packs include:

  • posters where the example illustrations aren’t labelled, so children can be challenged to identify the missing words;
  • posters showing the spelling pattern only, so children can add their own example words and pictures;
  • individual elements of the posters, which can be cut out and assembled as part of any larger wall display, and added to by the children.

Click here for pack 1 and here for pack 2.

8 | Year 2 spellings word-sorting activity pack

This Year 2 spelling words PDF pack contains a variety of Key Stage 1 spellings split into different Year 2 spelling rules and patterns.

Children can be given sets of word cards and asked to discuss the common spelling patterns, before sorting the cards into groups.

Get it here.

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.

Click here to check them out.

10 | 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.

Print them out here.

11 | Year 2 spelling bingo

This spelling Bingo game is a fun way to support children in Y2 and above to practise and master key spelling patterns, and can be played as a class or in small groups.

It includes a 21-page PDF of bingo cards and caller sheets, as well as teacher notes.

And you can get it here.

12 | Year 2 spelling patterns word search revision pack

This Y2 spelling revision pack contains 25 PDF worksheets, each covering a different Key Stage 1 spelling pattern.

The children are asked to find hidden words in the letter grid, then identify the spelling pattern they share. Further questions on the spelling pattern are included on the second sheet. The hidden words are listed at the bottom of the page to help children with their search.

Two versions of each sheet are included – one with the list of words that children need to find, and one without for children who need more challenge.

Answer sheets for all the word searches are also included.

Get it here.

13 | 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.

Head to to check out all the options.

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