New Spellings for week beginning 14.01.2019

If the ending is pronounced as in confusion, then it should be spelled -sion. For example: collision; division; revision; persuasion; explosion; decision; seclusion.

When the ending comes after an -l, it's always spelled -sion: compulsion; revulsion; expulsion; emulsion; propulsion.

When the ending follows an -n or -r, it's often spelled -sion, especially if the word is related to one that ends in -d or -se. For example: immersion (from immerse); comprehension (from comprehend). Here are some more examples: aversion; conversion; apprehension; diversion; extension; version.

Nouns based on words that end in -ss or -mit always end in -sion: permission comes from permit and discussion comes from discuss.

  1. vision
  1. division
  1. version
  1. decision
  1. session
  1. inclusion
  1. mission
  1. explosion
  1. pension
  1. admission
  1. mansion
  1. exclusion
  1. revision
  1. invasion
  1. occasion


New Spellings for week 06.01.2019

Hyphens can be used to join a prefix to a root word, especially if the prefix ends in a vowel letter and the root word also begins with one.


  1. co-ordinate
  1. passer-by
  1. re-enter
  1. self-evident
  1. co-operate
  1. cross-reference
  1. co-own
  1. check-in
  1. re-elect
  1. close-up
  1. re-alignment
  1. co-operative
  1. pre-eminent
  1. re-iterate
  1. by-election



New Spellings for week 10.12.2017

The ough formation can be found in lots of words but has several different sounds. It is always the same 4 letters o–u–g–h.

  1. although
  1. bought
  1. rough
  1. tough
  1. enough
  1. cough
  1. though
  1. thorough
  1. plough
  1. brought
  1. coughed
  1. thought
  1. thoughtful
  1. dough
  1. through



New Spellings for week 03.12.2017

Words with the /i:/ sound spelt ei after c

There is often a lot of confusion about spelling words containing ie and ei. Just remember this rhyme: i before e, except after c when the sound is ee. So, if the sound rhymes with ee you use ie, unless there is a c. Then it's ei. For example: conceit - the sound is "ee" but it follows a c, so you use ei. science - the sound is not "ee" even though it follows a c, so you use ie. However, there are some exceptions that do not follow this rule which you must learn: seize, weird, either.


  1. caffeine
  1. counterfeit
  1. foreign
  1. financier
  1. forfeit
  1. glacier
  1. sovereign
  1. kaleidoscope
  1. weird
  1. neighbour
  1. leisure
  1. neither
  1. onomatopoeia
  1. seize
  1. protein



New Spellings for week 27.11.2017


‘fer’ words

When adding suffixes to ‘fer’ words:

  • If the ‘fer’ syllable is stressed, double the last letter before adding the suffix.
  • E.g. In the word prefer, the syllable ‘fer’ is stressed so when adding suffixes –ing or ed, the r letter is doubled.
  • In the fer syllable is not stressed, you just add the suffix.
  • E.g. In the word preference, the ‘fer’ syllable is not stressed, so you just add the suffic –ence without doubling the r.


  1. refer
  1. referring
  1. referral
  1. prefer
  1. preferring
  1. preferred
  1. transfer
  1. transferring
  1. defer
  1. deferred
  1. referred
  1. infer
  1. inferred
  1. inferring
  1. transferred



New Spellings for week 19.11.2017

The -ation suffix.

There are many words in English which end with -ation. This is a very useful pattern to learn. Here are just a few common examples.

  1. station
  1. valuation
  1. vacation
  1. operation
  1. location
  1. occupation
  1. nation
  1. education
  1. population
  1. illustration
  1. conversation
  1. frustration
  1. preparation
  1. situation
  1. foundation



New Spellings for week 12.11.2017


The -ance suffix.


This suffix (-ance) is used to make nouns from verbs e.g. performance from perform.  If the word is formed from a verb that ends in -y, -ure, or -ear, then the ending will be spelled -ance. For example: alliance (from ally), endurance (from endure), or appearance (from appear).



  1.  Romance
  1. Chance
  1. Instance
  1. Fragrance
  1. Balance
  1. Advance
  1. Substance
  1. Assistance
  1. Insurance
  1. Importance
  1. Guidance
  1. Finance
  1. Entrance
  1. Attendance
  1. Ambulance


New Spellings for week 05.11.2018

(As we are out on Monday 12th, we will be having our spelling test on Tuesday)

The ible and ibly suffix.


-ible words come from Latin and as a general rule; they do not leave the root word when removed, e.g. terr/ible. horr/ible, vis/ible. However, there are always exceptions - look at these: corrupt + ible = corruptible, destruct/ible, contempt/ible, perfect/ible, convertible, digestible (notice the -tible pattern. It's always great to see patterns and also to know and understand exceptions to rules.)

We also drop the 'e' with -ible: collapse + ible = collapsible, response + ible = responsible, sense + ible = sensible, reduce + ible = reducible

  1. bible
  1. flexible
  1. edible
  1. invisible
  1. visible
  1. accessible
  1. visibly
  1. possible
  1. terrible
  1. possibly
  1. terribly
  1. sensibly
  1. sensible
  1. responsibly
  1. responsible




New Spellings for week beginning 15.10.2018

Words that end in the ‘able’ suffix mean 'able to' or 'fit for' - acceptable, understandable, responsible...


The following words mean 'able to be' -

available: able to be used or obtained

breakable: able to be broken


  1. Unusable
  1. Changeable
  1. Perishable
  1. Available
  1. Remarkable
  1. Suitable
  1. Cable
  1. Unable
  1. Miserable
  1. Vegetable
  1. Enjoyable
  1. Respectable
  1. Probable
  1. Reliable
  1. Enable



New Spellings for week 08.10.2018

Use –ent and –ence/–ency after soft c, soft g and qu, or if there is a related word with a clear sound in the right position. There are many words, however, where the above guidance does not help. These words just have to be learnt.


  1. Disobedient
  1. Instrument
  1. Continent
  1. Contentment
  1. Ancient
  1. Urgent
  1. Complement
  1. Fragment
  1. Compliment
  1. Punishment
  1. Violent
  1. Impatient
  1. Unconfident
  1. Confident
  1. Obedient




New Spellings for week 01.10.2018

Use –ent and –ence/–ency after soft c, soft g and qu, or if there is a related word with a clear sound in the right position. There are many words, however, where the above guidance does not help. These words just have to be learnt.


  1. innocent
  1. present
  1. decent
  1. comment
  1. patient
  1. monument
  1. recent
  1. payment
  1. content
  1. urgent
  1. department
  1. argument
  1. moment
  1. crescent
  1. movement




New Spellings for week 24.09.2018


Use –ant and –ance/–ancy if there is a related word with a /æ/ or /eɪ/ sound in the right position; ation endings are often a clue.


  1. Observant
  1. Observance
  1. Expectant
  1. Expectation
  1. Hesitant
  1. Observation
  1. Hesitation
  1. Tolerant
  1. Tolerance

10. Toleration

11. Substance

12. Infant

13. Pleasant

14. Distance

15. Brilliant




New Spellings for week 17.09.2018


 The –cial suffix is common after a vowel letter and –tial after a consonant letter, but there are some exceptions.

Exceptions: initial, financial, commercial, provincial (the spelling of the last three is clearly related to finance, commerce and province).


  1. Antisocial
  1. Beneficial
  1. Artificial
  1. Official
  1. Commercial
  1. Crucial
  1. Facial
  1. Financial
  1. Glacial

10. Judicial

11. Racial

12. Social

13. Special

14. Unofficial

15. Unsocial



New Spellings for week 10/09/2018 


This week we are looking and learning words with endings that sound like ‘shuhs’ spelt -cious



  1. Vicious
  1. Gracious
  1. Spacious
  1. Malicious
  1. Precious
  1. Conscious
  1. Delicious
  1. Suspicious
  1. Atrocious

10. Ferocious

11. Obvious

12. Serious

13. Anxious

14. Various

15. Envious


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