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Year 6 spelling words – 13 of the best worksheets and resources for KS2 SPaG

Accommodate your primary students' spelling needs with words to accompany them as they go on to achieve in years to come, with these great activities, games and classroom ideas...

  • Year 6 spelling words – 13 of the best worksheets and resources for KS2 SPaG

Spelling is important. We all know this. Sure, we have spellcheck and autocorrect, but the latter seems to cause just as many typos as it fixes.

Whether you’re reading or writing, knowing the correct spelling is an essential skill, but one that’s laced with seemingly contradictory ‘rules’ and exceptions that are ready to trip you up whenever possible, especially in English.

Plus, there are always people looking to correct you online, even when they don’t really know how to spell themselves.

The 100-word list for year 5 and 6 students will get pretty dull pretty quickly if they’re just forced to learn and revise the spellings over and over, so whether they’re going to write the great novel of their generation or just send a text to their friends, help them boost their language skills with these resources.

1 | Year 6 spelling word list

Nowhere better to start than the actual list of 100 common exception words that are statutory for year 5 and 6 students to know how to spell, right?

Presuming you haven’t got them committed to memory from ‘accommodate’ to ‘yacht’ this PDF on the Oxford Owl website has them clearly listed all on one page, it can be downloaded freely without signup and there’s no coloured background that will waste school ink if you want to print it out.

Get it here.


2 | Year 6 spelling revision worksheet

These spelling word worksheets provide a great way to practise and review the Year 5 and 6 words from the National Curriculum Spelling List.

All of the Year 5 and 6 spelling words are covered across five challenging worksheets, each containing three different types of spelling check challenges, including anagrams and cryptic clues.

Get this resource here.


3 | Year 5/6 spelling review

These spelling word worksheets provide a great way to practise and review the Year 5 and 6 words from the National Curriculum Spelling List.

All of the Year 5 and 6 spelling words are covered across five challenging worksheets, each containing three different types of spelling check challenges, including anagrams and cryptic clues.

Get this one here.


4 | 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 spellingframe.co.uk to check out all the options.


5 | Year 6 spelling bingo

This spelling Bingo resource pack is a fun way to support children in Year 6 and above in practising key spelling patterns. It revisits spelling patterns from Lower Key Stage 2 as well as Year 5 and 6 spelling patterns, and can be played as a class or in small groups.

Included in this pack are 30 bingo cards each containing 16 words containing spelling patterns from Key Stage 2, and a tick list to mark off the spelling patterns called out.

Get this resource here.


6 | Year 5 spelling anagram game

This fun little interactive game lets students work out the anagrams from a list of words all taken from the year 6 spelling list.

Just click the letters on the bouncing balls in the right order to spell the words out and cross them off list.

Play it here.


7 | Years 5 and 6 spelling word search revision pack

Help children to master all of the words from the Year 5 and 6 spelling lists with these word search activities.

There are seven different word searches in this pack which together cover all of the Year 5 and Year 6 spellings on the English curriculum.

One version provides a list of the words pupils are looking for, while in a more challenging version children have to find the words without guidance.

Answer sheets for all the word searches are included.

Get this resource here.


8 | Multiple year 6 spelling word lists

On the Emile Education site you’ll find downloadable lists of the year 6 spelling words all sorted into various groups.

There’s a high-frequency words list, one for words that are nouns and verbs, as well as most misspelled, silent letters, double letters and more.

You’ll find them all here.


9 | Year 6 spelling pattern resources

These spelling pattern resources come in three styles, there are posters, a word-sorting grammar game and a wordsearch revision pack.

The spelling pattern display poster pack contains five interactive posters illustrating Year 6 spelling concepts, and there are also graphics for you to make your own posters.

The Word sorting grammar game pack contains a variety of Key Stage 2 spellings split into different spelling patterns. Children can be given sets of word cards and asked to discuss the common spelling patterns, before sorting the cards into groups.

Finally, the wordsearch revision pack contains six different wordsearches. One version provides a list of the words pupils are looking for, while in a more challenging version children have to find the words without guidance. They are also asked to identify the spelling patterns, and explore the spelling patterns and vocabulary further.

Click the links above to check them out.


10 | Year 5/6 spelling workout worksheets

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

There are seven packs in total, just click the links to check them out:


11 | Tips for remembering silent letters

This short BBC Teach video has some handy advice for remembering the silent ‘n’ in words like ‘hymn’ or ‘autumn’, and the silent ‘t’ in ‘hustle’ and ‘wrestle’ among others. It’s well worth a watch.


12 | ‘-ent’ and ‘-ence’ endings

This resource is a 6-page sample of Keen Kite’s Ready, Steady, Practise! – Year 6 Spelling series.

Pages 1 to 3 feature sample questions and answers taken from Ready, Steady, Practise! – Year 6 Spelling Pupil Book: English KS2, while Pages 4 to 6 feature guidance, questions and answers taken from Ready, Steady, Practise! – Year 6 Spelling Teacher Resources: English KS2.

Download it here.


13 | 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.

Download it here.

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