Key Stage 1 Spellings

Why is spelling important?

We want all children at Mount Charles School to be able to spell a range of words accurately and confidently. We spend time every day teaching children how to decode words to read and it is therefore logical that they can work out the sounds they need to write words correctly. When children are confident in their ability to spell, they feel more empowered to write and to use more challenging words. This means that their writing skills are greatly enhanced by learning to spell.

How will the programme run at Mount Charles School?

We have devised a number of spelling challenges to teach the children to use the sounds they learn in reading and to learn the tricky words that do not follow rules. We will assess the children and place them at the right level on the challenges. They will be sent home with a list of words to learn. They may have 4 or more words to learn at a time depending on their ability. Please help them to learn their spellings at home. We have suggested some ways to help them below. At school they will spend time in learning their spelling words and they will be supported in this process. Each Friday your child will be tested on the words sent home. If they get all their spellings right they will be given a new list to learn for the following Friday. If they make errors in their test, they will spend another week learning the words before the next test. We always look at the positive, emphasising the number they have got right. At some stage, all children will need extra time to learn tricky words.

How can you help your child learn their spellings?

  • Look in your child’s home school book for their spellings.
  • Ask your child to read the spelling and check they understand the meaning.
  • Talk about what is tricky about the spelling. Some words can be sounded out but words like was and walk cannot be worked out in that way. Make up ways of remembering these tricky words and ensure they are memorable. Because can be learned as “Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants.”
  • As children learn the names of the letters of the alphabet, ask them to use those rather than sounds.
  • Ask them to write the words in the sky, on your back, in the sand or use a paint brush and water to write on the ground or on a wall.
  • Sing them
  • Practise in the bath, on the way to school or any other spare 5 minutes.
  • Write them out in bubble writing, rainbow colours, on the fridge with magnetic letters.
  • Please remember to go over the ones already done in previous weeks.
  • Look for the words when you are out and about.
  • See if you can spot any of the spellings when you are reading together.
  • Praise your child often. Learning to spell should be fun and not a punishment. If your child gets stuck at one stage remind them how many words they have already learned.
  • If you have any problems, ask your child’s teacher for help.
 
What words will be tested?

Spellings will be selected from the following challenge lists:
 

1

2

3

4

5

I
so
go
no

we
he
she
me

sad
tin
it
in

is
am
as
at

put
to
be
the

6

7

8

9

10

is
has
my
was

cap
pig
sack
kick

cot
pat
sock
top

all
tall
call
small

said
are
of
you

11

12

13

14

15

fed
mug
hit
but

help
hug
felt
cost

shut
rock
went
jump

van
yes
yum
wish

your
saw
love
they

16

17

18

19

20

do
says
his
her

thin
zip
this
zap

chin
chat
quiz
quit

six
box
sing
bang

thing
wing
bank
think

 

21

22

23

24

25

were
by
here
some

come
walk
talk
where

stink
sunk
honk
tank

where
down
now
like

fight 
day
night
feed

26

27

28

29

30

stay
tree
high
play

today
ask
friend
push

pull
full
house
our

spoon 
car
know
too

start
show
park
blow

31

32

33

34

35

school
there
one
any

many
want
what
why

chair
book
short
stair

horse
shook
hair
fork

who
anyone
once
watch

36

37

38

39

40

would
should
could
two

other
mother
brother
does

because
child
children
sure

enjoy
girl
shout
round

third
mouth
boy
dirt

 

41

42

43

44

45

again
door
floor
poor

find
kind
mind
behind

noise
please
join
dream

scream
voice
real
coin

wild
paint
climb
Mr.

46

47

48

49

50

Mrs.
parents
Christmas
baby

like
make
shine
late

smile
game
nice
brave

tune
home
huge
phone

excuse
note
rude
spoke

51

52

53

54

55

class
grass
pass
after

plant
sugar
half
buy

scare
saw
care
straw

share
crawl
square
yawn

worse
father
great
wear

56

57

58

59

60

whole
over
above
son

after
burn
over
turn

slurp
better
nurse
never

most
only
both
old

cold
gold
hold
told

61

62

63

64

 

stain
how
paid
now

town
paint
crowd
train

path
bath
eye
money

water
caught
bought
thought

 

Challenges 65-70 are the extension lists:

65

66

67

through
every
everybody
even
break
busy
steak
pretty
beautiful
people
whole
clothes

stew
toast
knew
oak
new
road
chew
cloak
grew
throat
crew
roast

one
two
three
four
five
six
seven
eight
nine
ten
eleven
twelve

68

69

70

temperature
bonfire
spear
picture
inspire
creature
year
adventure
conspire
future
mixture
near

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November 
December

delicious
conversation
suspicious
station
vicious
attention
precious
celebration
ferocious
invitation
scrumptious
tradition