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Spelling in Year 3 at RJS

 

 

At RJS, each pupil in Year 3 has a 30 minute spelling or phonics session every day, which is with their English teacher. Below are a list of spelling patterns which children in Y3 are taught: these include words from the Y3/4 program of study and a review of some patterns from KS1. Alongside these, we also teach the Y3/4 spelling list, which provides a list of words children should spell by the time they enter Year 5. If you have any questions about how spelling is taught, please contact your child's class teacher.

 

Spelling Patterns in Year 3:

Spelling Pattern Examples of words
-tch and -ch at the end of words. catch, batch     which, stich
Vowel digraphs and trigraphs long and short a, e, i, o and u spellings
-s and -es at the end of words for plurals sweets, hats      stitches, witches
Suffix: -er and -est bigger, biggest   smaller, smallest   happier, happiest
Suffix: -ed  jumped, walked
Suffix: -ing running, flying, crawling
Suffixes: -ness and -ment enjoyment, merriment    happiness, sadness
Suffix: -ly happily, sadly, specifically
Words ending in -le, -el, -al and -il pencil, camel, purple
Prefixes: mis- and re- misbehave, misplace     redo, reorganise
Prefixes: Un- and Dis- unable, unacceptable     disorganised, disobey
Prefix: Sub- submarine, subtropical
Prefix: Tele- Telescope, Telephone
Prefix: Super- Superhero, Supersonic
Prefixes: Anti- and Auto- Antiseptic, Antibiotic     Automatic, automobile
The u sound spelt 'o' govern, some, done
The 'u' sound spelt 'ou' touch, would, courage
The 'ay' sound spelt 'ei' vein, reign
The 'ay' sound spelt 'ey' prey, obey
The 'i' sound spelt 'y' myth, Egypt
The 'ur' sound spelt 'ear' earth
The 'sh' sound spelt 'ch' chalet, chef
The 'k' sound spelt 'ch' chemist, chorus
the 'g' sound spelt 'gue' plague, vague, intrigue 
The  'k' sound spelt 'que' mosque, antique, unique
The 'shure' sound spelt sure treasure
The 'cher' sound spelt 'ture' future
Homophones see/sea   their/there/they're
Apostrophes: Contractions can't   won't  shan't
Apostrophes: possession people's    James'

 

The Year 3/4 Spelling List:

accident(ally)

actual(ly)

address

answer

appear

arrive

believe

bicycle

breath

breathe

build

busy/business

calendar

caught

centre

century

certain

circle

complete

consider

continue

decide

describe

different

difficult

disappear

early

earth

eight/eighth

enough

exercise

experience

experiment

extreme

famous

favourite

February

forward(s)

fruit

grammar

group

guard

guide

heard

heart

height

history

imagine

increase

important

interest

island

knowledge

learn

length

library

material

medicine

mention

minute

natural

naughty

notice

occasion(ally)

often

opposite

ordinary

particular

peculiar

perhaps

popular

position

possess(ion)

possible

potatoes

pressure

probably

promise

purpose

quarter

question

recent

regular

reign

remember

sentence

separate

special

straight

strange

strength

suppose

surprise

therefore

though/although

thought

through

various

weight

woman/women

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