How Big Spelling Works
In Big Spelling there are 10 or 15 words for each child to learn on a weekly basis, although teachers may adapt the word lists to suit individual needs.
First of all, each child will be assessed to work out which list they need. The lists start at A, which is very simple, progressing as far as list R where there are lots of very challenging words to learn.
Every day the children will use a spelling strategy to learn the words from their allocated list, the list may also include 1 or 2 personal spellings. Within classrooms there will be access to sand trays to trace the letters, magnetic letters and tiles etc for those children to use who need a more multisensory approach to learning spelling. Spelling lists will also be set up within Spelling Shed.
If within a week children secure get 9 or 10 out of 10, or 14 or 15 out of 15, they will move on to the next set of spellings on the sheet which they will work on next week. They will highlight all the ones they got right on their spelling list sheet. If they make one mistake they can still move on but they will be checked on this word the following Friday. If they get 8 or less out of 10 or 13 or less out of 15 they will not move on to the next set of spellings and have to keep practising these to be rechecked on them the next week.
Words related to the class learning theme will be noticed, “taught” & practised across the curriculum.
Big Spelling Lists Overview
A easiest list
CVC + High Frequency Words
c-r-c-v ,s-c-v-c -ing, sh-, ch-, th-, a-e
ow, or, HFW, ee, igh/i-e, oo, ar
oa/o-e, er/ur/ir, aw, ore/or, oi, HFW, prefix un- are/air
ear, HFW, suffix -le, ing -ed, plurals
HFW, suffixes -er, -est, -ness, -ment, silent letters
-wh, air, ear revise ur/ir/er/or/ar
(15 spellings from now on)
ee/ea , i-e/igh, oa/ou/o-e/ow , ue/ow/ew/oo, ar/a
ur/er/or, or/aw/au, ou/ow, oi/oy
Year 4/5 Medium Frequency Words
Prefixes un- de- , air/are/ear , ea/ee/ei/ie,
suffixes -le, -ing, -ed, -ful plurals, Y4/5 MFW
Suffixes -er and -est, silent letters, wh, drop the e +ing ir/er/ar/ , adding y to words ending in 'e' , ur air/ear and ere, Yr 4/5 MFW
HFW , words ending in o, suffix -ful, tricky numbers,
maths words, homophones, plurals,words ending in y, irregular plurals, words ending in a, doubling the consonant when adding -ed or -ing,
-igh/ie adding er and est to words ending in y
silent letters, apostrophes, prefixes , suffixes -ary and -al, -hood, -ship, -tion and -ious. irregular tense changes, -nouns and adjectives into verbs
prefix al- ass- aff- att- , suffixes -ive -ible -able -ian -tion -tion, v words, k words , ss, root words
root words, words ending in u and I , prefixes auto-, bi- and tele- , homophones, wow words,
suffixes -ness -ment -tion/-sion -able and -ible
prefixes cir- trans- , soft 'c'
suffixes -sion -tion -ness and -ment, unstressed vowels, word endings, ie/ei, prefixes im- and in-
O hard list
-Lots of very tricky words, -ex suffixes -ology -re -le prefix re- ,qu- , homophones
P top misspelled words +GCSE list
Q extremely hard
some from BBC hard spell quiz and Spellingcity.com and others hard words beginning with letters letters A to G
R unusual words extremely hard
Find out the meaning of the unfamiliar ones-this makes it more interesting and purposeful!
Big Spelling Lists (A - R)
Reception High Frequency Words
Year 1 High Frequency Words
Year 2 High Frequency Words