StarSpell Word Lists

Yr2 to KS3 Lists (Not 3.1)

Consists of a set of termly objectives for Key Stage 2, together with sets of useful words for individual subjects in Key Stage 3. Not in StarSpell 3.1

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Year 2 Term 1

i. phoneme /ai/

mixed /ai/ phoneme
great play paint flame baby cake snail spray tray train
/ai/ as in great
great break
/ai/ as in baby
shady baby lady
/ai/ as in nail
paint nail rain aim brain train wait snail
/ai/ as in cake
scrape cake flame game same scales late made
/ai/ as in spray
day say play crayon away spray stay way tray

i. phoneme /ee/

mixed /ee/ phoneme
speed these thief team steam street feel field meal
/ee/ as in swede
complete these delete theme swede
/ee/ as in thief
diesel field belief brief chief grief relief thief shield shriek
/ee/ as in tree
need green feel feet sleep screen speed street sweet tree
/ee/ as in beak
team stream steam beak beach heat meal seat

i. phoneme /igh/

mixed /igh/ phoneme
kind pie blind crime slide thigh tight try wild
/igh/ as in fly
reply dry cry fry fly by my sky try why
/igh/ as in kite
slide quite inside line like bike five dislike time white
/igh/ as in night
sigh tight thigh high right night
/igh/ as in pie
pie die tie lie

i. phoneme /oa/

mixed /oa/ phoneme
roll coach told throw stone stroke float coast coal grow hope
/oa/ as in coat
loaf road coal coast coat boat float foam soap coach
/oa/ as in note
pole stroke stone woke rose note hope home hole
/oa/ as in window
grow flow yellow window throw slow show
/oa/ as in toe
toe hoe goes foe woe
/oo/ as in do
into do to who two undo

i. phonemes /(y)oo/ /oo/

mixed /oo/ (food) phoneme
true tooth threw smooth crude blue brute grew
/(y)oo/ as in newt
newt new dew few stew
/(y)oo/ as in cube
tube tune use fuse cube compute
/oo/ as in screw
chew crew drew flew grew threw screw
/oo/ as in flute
June rule rude plume flute crude brute
/oo/ as in boot
boot cool food pool moon soon zoo rooftop too
/oo/ as in blue
untrue true glue blue clue

ii. Adding '-ing' and '-ed' to verbs

'-ing' for typical words
bending costing resting singing sulking standing visiting twisting
'-ed' for typical words
looked aimed lifted melted puffed growled jumped asked
'-ing' for words ending in e
caring hoping moving writing baking slicing braking diving
'-ed' for words ending in e
lived used bored hoped moved amused dared dated
-'ing' for single consonant ending
digging getting grinning hopping jogging writing swimming planning
'-ed' for single consonant ending
stopped slammed sunned hopped nodded preferred
'-ing' for words ending in y
carrying frying drying crying tidying
'-ed' for words ending in y
replied denied dried cried hurried fried

Year 2 Term 2

i. Compound words

High-frequency compound words
everyone everybody everything nobody anyone anybody someone something anywhere nowhere
Compound words
outside birthday earthquake dustbin greenhouse downstairs football waterfall weekend paintbrush farmyard inside

ii. Adding suffixes to form plurals

Add '-s' for typical nouns
legs pins beds chips toys boys dogs cards ears
Change y to i and add 'es'
armies stories ponies cities families babies puppies

ii. Adding suffixes to form adjectives

Add '-ful' to form adjective
powerful harmful beautiful careful faithful useful grateful hopeful peaceful cheerful
Add '-y' to form adjective
spotty shady funny shiny tasty foggy greedy messy dirty lucky
Add '-less' to form adjective
aimless careless pointless effortless senseless restless

Year 2 Term 3

i. 'un' and 'dis' prefixes

Use 'un-' to show negative
unsafe unwanted untrue unwell untidy unfair undo untwist
Use 'dis-' to show neagative
disconnect distrust disappear disagree dislike disease disloyal disorder

ii. Multisyllabic words

Multisyllabic words 1
cheerful pretending fanciful unwanted something another however powerful truthful colourful
Multisyllabic words 2
standing uncertain together happily disagree tomorrow merciful grandfather winning

Year 3 Term 1

i. '-le' endings

'-ckle' endings
pickled tickles trickles buckle
'-able' endings
unstable enable table breakable enjoyable cable
double letter + 'le'
dribble cuddle apple bottle bubble little middle
'-cle' endings
circle cycle obstacle uncle miracle bicycle
'-dle' endings
poodle bundle ladle sidle cradle candle handle
'-ble' endings
double grumble trouble able
'-ible' endings
visible sensible impossible invisible
'-ple' endings
simple triple purple example

ii. Verb endings

'-s' like most verbs
works looks starts needs plays cooks
'-ing' like most verbs
happening limiting targeting visiting carpeting
'-ed' like most verbs
waited rained shouted jumped sailed painted rested
'-s' verb ends in 1 consonant
trots flaps laps wags
'-ing' verb ends in 1 consonant
hopping digging getting swimming rubbing
'-ed' verb ends in 1 consonant
grabbed hopped sunned slammed knitted nodded
'-ies' verb ends in consonant 'y'
cries carries worries tries
'-ing' verb ends in consonant 'y'
crying gratifying tidying carrying
'-ied' verb ends in consonant 'y'
dried hurried cried worried fried married buried
'-s' verb ends in 'e'
tickles uses lives likes
'-ing' verb ends in 'e'
hoping moving caring coming writing
'-ed' verb ends in e
moved droned hoped amused dared lived
'-es' verb ends in hiss or buzz
washes searches watches fixes
'-ing' verb ends in hiss or buzz
munching washing stitching mixing touching
'-ed' verb ends in hiss or buzz
flashed snatched perched switched crashed dressed reached
irregular past tenses
woke went swam taught told did came caught said grew blew sang wept found spoke

Year 3 Term 2

i. Rules for plurals

add 's' like most nouns
toes twins dogs birds bones bricks apples
noun ends in a hiss or buzz
matches kisses brushes coaches boxes
noun ends in a vowel then 'y'
boys guys toys keys monkeys ways trays
noun ends in consonant then 'y'
ponies stories cities daisies families babies puppies pennies

ii. '-er' '-est' comparatives

comparatives '-er' typical
older longer higher deeper taller smaller
comparatives '-est' typical
tallest oldest deepest highest longest smallest
comparatives '-er' -e words
later fiercer larger whiter simpler
comparatives '-est' -e words
latest fiercest simplest largest whitest
comparatives '-er' short vowels
bigger hotter redder
comparatives '-est short vowels
reddest biggest hottest
comparatives '-er' -y words
healthier happier funnier easier
comparatives '-est' -y words
happiest funniest easiest healthiest

ii. '-ly' '-ful' '-less' '-able' suffixes

'-ly' suffixes
cowardly beastly motherly friendly unfriendly lonely bodily
'-ful' suffixes
faithful powerful useful spoonful armful mouthful colourful hopeful
'-less' suffixes
restless effortless pointless breathless careless senseless aimless
'-able' suffixes
reasonable enjoyable drinkable acceptable breakable comfortable renewable
'-er' as in builder
defender helper announcer builder farmer cleaner composer

Year 3 Term 3

i. Pronouns

subject pronouns I, she etc.
he she they we you it I
object pronouns me, him etc.
her you us them him it me
possessive pronouns mine etc.
ours theirs hers mine yours
reflexive pronouns myself etc.
myself yourself herself himself itself
possessive determiners my etc.
its their your our my his her
demonstratives
that these this those

ii. Common prefixes

'de-' undo
dethrone defrost decode decamp deforested
'dis-' as negative
disconnect distrust disease dislike disagree disappear disorder
'pre-' before
preschool prehistoric prepacked precooked prefix
're-' do again
renew rehouse replay review replace
'un-' as an opposite
uncertain uncertain unfair unfair unfriendly unfriendly unwell untrue unwell unknown unknown untidy untidy untrue unsafe unsafe
'non-' not
nonconformist nondescript nonentity nonplussed
'anti-' against
anticlimax anticlockwise antidote antifreeze antiseptic
'mis-' do wrongly
mistreat misunderstood misuse mishap mislead misprint misspell mistimed
prefixes for words ending in '-ed'
precooked prepacked deforested uncovered

ii. Add prefixes to existing words

add 'anti-' to make a new word
anti-noise anti-rust anti-work anti-wrinkle
add 'ex-' to make a new word
ex-boyfriend ex-convict ex-serviceman ex-king ex-parrot ex-egg
add 'pre-' to make a new word
pre-punched pre-Roman pre-book
add 'pro-' to make a new word
pro-British pro-hunting pro-fitness pro-cycling

Year 4 Term 1

i. Homophones

long phoneme /ai/
rain reign wait weigh way weight great grate rein
long phoneme /air/
bare stare stair their there pear pair bear
long phoneme /ee/
flea flee meat meet reed peace piece read
long phoneme /oa/
loan lone sew rowed road so
spellings of /ole/
whole hold hole bold soul sole holed bowled
long phoneme /or/
board bored saw four for sore
phoneme /n/
knew knight knot night new not no know
phoneme /r/
rap right ring write wrap wring
phoneme /s/
licence license practise cereal serial practice
vowel phonemes
you're wood peace piece would your some threw through sum
consonant phonemes
right no one new knew hole wear where whole write know won
3-way homophones
they're too two there their to

ii. Rules for plurals

baby > babies
cities daisies families ponies stories babies pennies puppies
monkey > monkeys
boys guys keys monkeys toys trays ways
half > halves
shelves thieves wolves wives loaves halves knives
kiss > kisses
matches kisses boxes coaches brushes
hero > heroes
cargoes dominoes echoes heroes potatoes tomatoes volcanoes
kilo > kilos
kilos photos pianos radios solos videos
irregular plurals
women feet mice men geese teeth lice sheep salmon children
simply add 's' to make a plural
balloons animals birds fireworks chips beds chiefs roofs

Year 4 Term 2

i. Words with common letter strings

sounds of 'ough'
bough cough dough enough rough thorough thought through tough
sounds of 'ear'
hear bear fear earth learn wear spear
sounds of 'igh'
light height weight bright fight eight fright knight right night

ii. Suffixes change function of words

to verbs ('-ate', '-en', '-ify', '-ise')
strengthen circulate beautify glorify vaccinate lengthen fossilise idolise itemise
to nouns ('-tion', 'ity', '-ness')
reality generosity activity subtraction readiness happiness creation education kindness darkness

ii. Change words adding '-ible', '-able'

'-ible'
responsible irresistible sensible flexible terrible reversible collapsible digestible accessible
'-able'
variable renewable comfortable irreplaceable disposable breakable acceptable reasonable

ii. Suffixes '-al', '-ary', '-ic', '-ist'

'-ic'
alcoholic artistic athletic demonic historic magnetic metallic
'-ist'
journalist pianist florist guitarist soloist scientist chemist cyclist
'-al'
survival rehearsal electrical usual emotional burial industrial approval magical official personal
'-ary'
secondary imaginary documentary summary stationary dispensary

Year 4 Term 3

i. Word contractions

we are > we're
you're I'm we're they're
he has, he is > he's
she's he's it's there's where's
we will, we shall > we'll
they'll she'll it'll I'll we'll
I have > I've
I've we've could've should've might've must've
you had, you would > you'd
he'd I'd she'd they'd you'd
do not > don't
shan't won't isn't wasn't haven't couldn't didn't can't don't

ii. Prefixes and meaning

'de-' undo
dethrone defrost decode decamp deforested
'pre-' before
preschool prehistoric prepacked precooked prefix
'un-' as undoing actions
undo untwist unwrap unload uncover unearth
'anti-' against
anticlimax anticlockwise antidote antifreeze antiseptic
'mis-' not, do wrongly
mishap mislead misprint mistimed misspell mistreat misunderstood misuse
'ex-' outside, out of
exit extract excavate except export excursion excluding
're-' again
replace review renew rehouse replay

ii. Latin (+ Greek) prefixes

'auto-' self
autograph automatic autopilot automobile
'tele-' far
television telegram telepathy telescope telephone
'trans-' across
transfer transatlantic transform translate transmit transparent transport
'circ- round, around
circular circle circumstance circus circumference circulate
'bi-' two, twice
bicycle binary binoculars biscuit

ii. Affixes for diminutives

'micro-' little
microphone microscope microwave
'-ette' diminutive
cassette courgette maisonette marionette serviette cigarette
'-let' diminutive
booklet droplet leaflet piglet ringlet starlet
'-ling' diminutive
gosling nestling seedling underling yearling
'-ule' diminutive
capsule globule granule minuscule module molecule
'mini-' diminutive
minibus minimum

ii. Prefixes for numbers

'uni-' one
unique unit unicorn uniform
'bi-', 'bin-' twice
bicycle binary binoculars biscuit
'tri-' three
tricycle trio tripod triple
'quad-' four
quadrant quadruplet quadrilateral
'cent-' hundred
centurion centipede century
'pent-' five
pentagon pentathlon
'oct-' eight
octopus octagon October
'hex-' 'hept-' 'sept-' six, seven
September heptagon hexagon
'dec-' ten
decimal decagon decathlon December

ii. Further Latin prefixes

'aqua-' water
aquamarine aqualung aquarium
'audi-' hear
audible audition audio-visual audience
'multi-' many
multiply multiple multipurpose multitude
'prim-' first
primitive primary prime primate

Year 5 Term 1

i. Unstressed letters

unstressed vowel
carpet extra poisonous freedom company description portable interesting
unstressed or silent consonants
hour government scent engulf February calf castle Wednesday sign handbag

ii. Spoken in different ways

sounds of 'ough'
bough cough dough enough rough thorough thought through tough
sounds of 'ou'
wounded shouted should ground couple double route adventurous
sounds of 'our'
four fourteen behaviour colour hour journey encourage courtship
sounds of 'ea'
idea cleaner already ocean bread beautiful beach area reality theatre
sounds of 'ear'
hear bear fear earth learn wear spear
sounds of 'oo'
wooden shampoo childhood foolish cooperate door floor balloon
sounds of 'ight'
light height weight straight fight eight freight night right
sounds of 'ie'
pie friend field cries chief thief tries lie

ii. Spelled differently but same sound

'-sion'
tension confusion fusion precision profusion revision
'-ssion'
expression impression possession mission compression confession discussion
'-cian'
beautician electrician magician musician optician politician
'-tion'
education connection fraction addition fiction proportion nation

Year 5 Term 2

i. Rules for 'c' followed by a vowel

'ci' sounds as /sh/
sufficient social special precious official crucial efficient artificial conscious conscience
'ci' sounds as /s/
pencil council cinema circle circus city civil citizen acid decide fanciful
words containing 'ce'
recent decent century cell ceiling December deceive parcel receive uncertain
words containing 'cy'
piracy accuracy mercy fancy cyclist bicycle
words containing 'ca'
carpet delicate vocal forecast candle local musical careless camera
words containing 'co'
second record coat coffee cough cobweb barcode

ii. Prefixes meaning 'not'

'im-' as negative
impatient impolite immortal immature imperfect impossible
'in-' as negative
incredible invalid inhuman insincere inactive indignity
'il-' as negative
illogical illicit illegible illegal
'ir-' as negative
irrelevant irregular irrational irreversible irresponsible irresistible irreplaceable
'anti-' as negative
anticlimax anticlockwise antifreeze antiseptic antidote antibiotic
'non-' as negative
nonplussed nondescript nonconformist nonentity non-fiction

Year 5 Term 3

i. Vowel suffixes

'-able' reason > reasonable
reasonable breakable drinkable enjoyable bookable acceptable
'-ing' dig > digging
swimming rubbing digging getting hopping
'-ing' write > writing
hoping moving caring coming writing
'-ish' fool > foolish
babyish darkish fiendish foolish greenish outlandish smallish
'-ing' with eye, -ie, -o, -oe
echoing eyeing hoeing lying shoeing tying vetoing radioing
'-ed' grab > grabbed
grabbed hopped sunned slammed nodded knitted
'-ed' amuse > amused
dated dared amused droned hoped moved
'-ed' cry > cried
cried dried hurried worried fried married buried
hot > hotter > hottest
hottest bigger redder reddest biggest hotter
large > larger > largest
latest simpler larger whiter largest whitest simplest fiercest fiercer later
happy > happier > happiest
funniest happier healthier healthiest easiest funnier happiest easier
'-ing', '-ly' carry >carrying
carrying crying gratifying shyly tidying
'-ous' joined with a vowel
continuous outrageous courageous superfluous ambiguous various mysterious furious

i. Consonant suffixes

'-ly' brave > bravely
suddenly silently slowly quietly loudly lonely bravely
'-ly' happy > happily
noisily hungrily happily busily angrily bodily easily
'-ful' spoon > spoonful
armful bucketful cupful mouthful spoonful
'-less' care > careless
aimless airless breathless careless countless effortless pointless
'-ness' sad > sadness
carelessness eagerness sickness darkness fitness sadness goodness kindness
'-ful' faith > faithful
colourful truthful useful powerful harmful faithful careful peaceful
'-ly' queen > queenly
beastly cowardly friendly motherly queenly
'-ment' measure > measurement
treatment measurement payment advertisement movement development engagement
'-ly' bad > badly
badly quickly wrongly suddenly slowly silently quietly
'-ful' beauty > beautiful
merciful fanciful beautiful
'-ness' busy > business
business happiness bossiness juiciness readiness

ii. Latin roots

'-aqua-' water
subaqua aquarium aqualung aquamarine aqueduct
'-port-' carry
report support transport import export portable
'-miss-' send
omission permission admission transmission commission missile missionary
'-ann-' year
anniversary annuity biennial perennial annual
'-cav-' hollow
concave cave cavity excavate
'-duc-' lead
introduce deduct ductile education aqueduct conductor duke product
'-fort-' strong
effort force fortress fortify reinforce comfort
'-mort-' death
murderous mortal mortify immortal mortgage
'-pend-' hang
independent appendix depend pendant pending suspense pendulum
'-scrib-' write
scribe inscribe nondescript postscript scribble script description
'-terr-' the earth
extraterrestrial inter subterranean terrace terrain terrier
'-vis-' see
envy videos revision television survey advice invisible provide
'prim-' first
primitive primary prime primate
'mob' move
mobility automobile mobile

ii. Greek roots

'hydro-' water
hydrofoil hydrotherapy hydrogen dehydrated hydraulic
'-phil-' love
philanthropist philatelist philosopher anglophile
'-photo-' light
telephoto photocopier photogenic photon photosynthesis photograph
'-techne-' art or skill
technophobia technician pyrotechnics polytechnic technology technical technique
'-graph-' writing
autograph graphite photograph paragraph graph geography
'-logo-' word
biology illogical dialogue prologue technology
'-scope' view
stethoscope telescope periscope microscope scope
'-gram-' letter
hologram grammar programme anagram diagram
'-phon-' sound
symphony cacophony phonetics microphone telephone
'-poli-' city
politics cosmopolitan metropolis politician
'-theo-' a god
theology atheist enthusiasm
'-zoo-' animal
zoo zoology protozoan zodiac
'-ast-' star
astronomy asteroid asterisk disaster astronaut
'-chron-' time
chronic chronicle synchronous chronology anachronism
'-bio-' life
amphibious antibiotic biosphere biography biology

Year 6 Term 1

i. Homophones

long phoneme /ai/
rain reign wait weigh way weight great grate rein
long phoneme /air/
bare stare stair their there pear pair bear
long phoneme /ee/
flea flee meat meet reed peace piece read
long phoneme /oa/
loan lone sew rowed road so
spellings of /ole/
whole hold hole bold soul sole holed bowled
long phoneme /or/
board bored saw four for sore
phoneme /n/
knew knight knot night new not no know
phoneme /r/
rap right ring write wrap wring
other homophones
aloud whether weather lesson dear deer lessen allowed
phoneme /s/
licence license practise cereal serial practice
consonant phonemes
right no one new knew hole wear where whole write know won
3-way homophones
they're too two there their to

i. Words often misspelled

are letters doubled? 1
referred reference omission omitted occurrence occurred
are letters doubled? 2
prefer preferred preference transferred transferable transfer
awkward words 1
water vehicle yacht women woman quarter people medicine leisure journey
awkward words 2
lovely interesting opposite beautiful desperate especially exaggerate embarrassed suppose separate
confusing homophones 1
check current canvas canvass cheque currant
confusing homophones 2
formally formerly licence license principal principle practise stationary practice stationery
words often confused 1
advice advise wander were where except quite accept loose lose quiet wonder
words often confused 2
affect decease emigrant eligible eminent imminent human disease effect immigrant illegible humane

i. Syllables and spelling

compound words
birthday windmill dustbin handbag lipstick milkman notebook sunset
split like kit-ten
hidden kitten cotton lesson paddock puffin rabbit sudden
split like bas-ket
zebra napkin pumpkin plastic basket trumpet panda picnic
split like lem-on
robin lemon metal habit finish body shadow visit
split like la-bel
label hotel minus silent stupid moment pilot pupil secret
split like du-et
lion poem diet duet triumph

i. Patterns in word endings

'-il' as in daffodil
stencil utensil civil council daffodil fossil pencil lentil
'-ery' as in jewellery
machinery jewellery stationery confectionery embroidery finery lottery
'-ar' as in cellar
sugar vinegar mortar collar cellar
'-ey' as in donkey
chimney money monkey journey honey valley turkey donkey
'-le' as in cradle
table noble ladle maple cable sidle cradle
'-le' as in ankle
candle ankle handle grumble nimble bundle simple single
'-le' as in apple
gobble cuddle dribble apple middle battle bottle bubble
'-el' as in angel
angel model level label kennel parcel quarrel travel

ii. Connectives

narrative connectives
until before later finally meanwhile
connectives to explain, contrast
moreover besides however however furthermore because although instead
compound word connectives
furthermore notwithstanding however nevertheless moreover meanwhile

Year 6 Term 2

i. Unstressed vowels

unstressed vowel
carpet extra poisonous freedom company description portable interesting

ii. Prefixes for negation

'de-' undo
dethrone defrost decode decamp deforested
'dis-' as negative
disconnect distrust disease dislike disagree disappear disorder
'non-' not
nonconformist nondescript nonentity nonplussed
'anti-' against
anticlimax anticlockwise antidote antifreeze antiseptic
'il-' as negative
illogical illicit illegible illegal
'ir-' as negative
irrelevant irregular irrational irreversible irresponsible irresistible irreplaceable
'un-' as negative
undo unwrap unload unknown unwell uncertain unearth uncover unfair unsafe unwanted

ii. Word to noun suffixes

'-ance'
allowance attendance clearance disturbance performance appearance
'-ment' measure > measurement
treatment measurement payment advertisement movement development engagement
'-age'
blockage coverage leakage passage postage wastage
'-ant'
servant attendant descendant inhabitant immigrant assistant informant
'-er'
builder teacher worker cleaner farmer painter speaker
'-or'
sailor actor editor narrator sculptor visitor director
'-ism'
criticism mechanism hypnotism terrorism vandalism idealism realism
'-tion'
election pollution invention information collection description decoration variation reflection explanation exploration
'-ness'
readiness bossiness happiness freshness fitness business goodness kindness eagerness sickness
'-ity'
mobility activity agility generosity ability flexibility reality
'-ist'
journalist pianist florist guitarist soloist scientist chemist cyclist

ii. Noun to verb suffixes

'-ise'
fossilise idolise itemise legalise patronise
'-ify'
mummify notify signify solidify glorify beautify
'-en'
lengthen strengthen
'-ate'
vaccinate activate motivate circulate

ii. Suffixes for tenses

'-ing' dig > digging
swimming rubbing digging getting hopping
'-ing' write > writing
hoping moving caring coming writing
'-ing' grin > grinning
referring travelling grinning beginning stirring planning dialling winning
'-ing' carpet > carpeting
carpeting happening limiting targeting visiting
'-ing' with eye, -ie, -o, -oe
echoing eyeing hoeing lying shoeing tying vetoing radioing
'-ed' grab > grabbed
grabbed hopped sunned slammed nodded knitted
'-ed' amuse > amused
dated dared amused droned hoped moved
'-ed' cry > cried
cried dried hurried worried fried married buried
'-ed' video > videoed
echoed radioed vetoed videoed
'-ing' carry > carrying
carrying frying drying tidying gratifying crying
present tense '-es'
tries goes does hurries worries carries cries

ii. Comparatives

high > higher
longer higher older deeper younger smaller taller
high > highest
tallest oldest deepest fastest highest longest smallest youngest
'-ish' fool > foolish
babyish darkish fiendish foolish greenish outlandish smallish
'-like' war > warlike
businesslike childlike ghostlike lifelike sportsmanlike warlike

Year 6 Term 3

i. Spelling patterns

'tch'
hutch match kitchen scratch pitch catch witch stretch switch
'kn'
knock knot knee kneel knew knife knight knit knob
'wr'
wrap wreck wren wrench wring wrist write wrong
'mb'
tomb thumb lamb limb numb comb climb crumb
'gn'
design gnome gnash gnat reign sign gnarled
'gue'
intrigue league plague rogue catalogue tongue vague
'rh'
rhythm rhyme rhea rhetorical rhino rhubarb rhombus
'ctu'
punctuate punctuation picture actually nocturnal manufacture structure

ii. Approaching roots

'super-' over
superfluous superimposed superlative supernatural supersede supersonic superstitious supervisor
'micro-' little
microphone microscope microwave
'quad-' four
quadrant quadruplet quadrilateral
'bi-' two, twice
bicycle binary binoculars biscuit
'-spec-' see
perspective prospect suspect respect
'-tract-' pull
tractor subtraction subtract extract attractive

ii. Investigate roots

'aero-' air
aeroplane aerobatics aerobics aerodrome aerodynamic
'con-' together
concern concert condemn connect conquer contain continue confront
'pre-' before
presume pretend prevent preserve preside prefer predict
'ex-' outside, out of
exit extract excavate except export excursion excluding
'audi-' hear
audible audition audio-visual audience
'-phobia' fear
hydrophobic technophobia
'-ology' study
zoology theology chronology technology biology mythology meteorology
'-port-' carry
export portable transport import report support
'-struct-' build
instruct obstruct structure construction infrastructure instructions destruction

ii. Practise roots

'man-' hand
management manufacture manipulate manuscript manicure
'min-' small
minimises minim minimum minibus
'mari-' sea
ultramarine submarine aquamarine
'-multi-' many
multitude multiplication multipurpose multimedia multiply multiple
'-aqua-' water
aquarium aquamarine aqualung

ii. Further roots

'-photo-' light
telephoto photocopier photogenic photon photosynthesis photograph
'sub-' under
subdue suburbs subject submarine submerged subside subtract
'-scrib-' write
scribe inscribe nondescript postscript scribble script description
'-cede-' yield
precede precedent concede recede
'-clude-' close
exclude conclude secluded include
'-cred-' believe
incredible credible credit discredit
'-vis-' sight
visual visible improvise revise invisible advise supervisor television visit

KS1 high frequency words

Early words

people words 1
we she he me
being words
is are am can was
doing words 1
went go get like said
where words
on in at up to
names
cat dog dad day mum
other words 1
it and the of
people words 2
they you all my
doing words 2
play look come going see
other words 2
yes this away big for no

'People' words

people words
our him her their them your us

'Being and doing' words

being words 1
were will have has had been be
doing words 1
came do did got made want saw live
being words 2
can't don't may would should must could
doing words 2
ran put make look lived called seen take
doing words 3
laugh help love jump push pull dig

'When and where' words

when words 1
first last then next once
where words 1
there with here down by
where words 2
about from off out over
when words 2
now just again after

Nouns (names of things)

nouns 1
ball home house name school tree
nouns 2
way water night bed door time

Words before nouns

words before nouns 1
an one two these that three some
words before nouns 2
old good little more another many

Other lists

joining-up words
than if or because as but so
other frequent words
back not much too very
question words
how who what when where

Numbers, days, months, colours

numbers 1 to 10
four five eight one nine seven six three ten two
days of the week
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Sunday Saturday Monday Friday
months
February December April August May March July June January November October September
numbers 11 to 20
twenty fourteen eleven twelve thirteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen
colour words
white purple black blue brown red green yellow

Alphabetical lists

about to as
as after again about an another
back to boy
ball back be boy because bed been
brother to could
brother but call by came could called can't
did to first
don't door do down dig did first
from to has
from girl good got had half has
have to home
have her his him here home help
house to laugh
laugh house how if jump just last
little to many
man make made little love many live lived
may to next
next May more much must name new
night to one
night not now old off one once
or to pull
or over out our people pull push
put to sister
ran put school should saw seen sister
so to their
take than so some that their
them to time
them then there these three time
too to very
too very two us tree took
want to when
water way want when what were
where to your
where who will your with would

Yr R alphabetical

all to are
are all am and
at to can
away at big can
cat to dog
cat come dog dad day
for to he
he go get for going
in to look
in is it look like
me to of
me no my mum of
on to she
see on play said she
the to up
this to they the up
was to you
went was we you yes

KS2 medium frequency

Verbs

some useful verbs 1
write walk show told might coming walking does being began
some useful verbs 2
tries leave found change heard watch
verbs, adding '-ed'
jumped asked opened turned started used walked stopped
verbs, past and present
goes woken know gone brought knew woke thought think
verbs, contractions
didn't I'm can't don't

Nouns

some nouns 1
birthday balloon children clothes world work word head brother baby garden
some nouns 2
father earth lady money paper mother window sister eyes friends

Time words

time words 1
always suddenly before before during never often sometimes
time words 2
year while today first morning still second until

Whereabouts words

whereabouts words 1
around above across along between below high inside
whereabouts words 2
round where together through under outside near

Other useful words

useful words
almost young half only much better every any upon number
more useful words
without both following place such also right other different
further useful words
great something those swimming sure happy heard
yet more useful words
whole why small sound important light own white

Alphabetical lists

A
any animals also always almost across above along around asked
B
baby better between below before brother brought both balloon birthday being began
C to D
does children clothes during change didn't don't can't coming different
E to F
earth first father found every following friends eyes follow
G to H
great goes gone garden happy half head heard high
I to L
important inside lady knew jumped know I'm light leave
M to N
never number near morning mother money might much
O to R
only other paper right round outside place often own opened
S
started sister something sometimes stopped small sound second show sure swimming suddenly such
T
those thought through together told think turn today tries turned
U to white
walking used walked white while under upon until where watch walk
whole to Z
whole why window young word world woke write without year woken

KS3 subject lists

Art

forms of art
portrait landscape frieze sketch abstract perspective
tools and materials
colour kiln palette acrylic charcoal easel
talking about art
display gallery collection dimension spectrum exhibition
technique
foreground collage highlight illusion impasto crosshatch pastel

Design + Technology

food
nutrition hygiene recipe vitamin carbohydrate protein natural knives flour knife ingredient
textiles
tension polyester fibre fabric linen textile sew
designing
specification aesthetic flowchart innovation portfolio brief design technology
making
technology manufacture evaluation machine disassemble mineral presentation production component

Drama

the show
applause curtain entrance perform theatrical exit theatre freeze performance
presenting
character stage rehearse movement share characteristics position spotlight director rehearsal lighting
creating
dramatise scenario improvise script inspire playwright scene

English

the writer's craft
rhyme synonym alliteration imagery simile personification onomatopoeia metaphor figurative
structure of words
vowel suffix consonant plural prefix
grammar/punctuation
grammar paragraph exclamation subordinate comma preposition conjunction clause apostrophe
genres
narrative myth advertise tabloid genre advertisement narrator
talking about text
playwright expression resolution dialogue scene comparison chorus soliloquy atmosphere

Geography

maps
contour county globe atlas country latitude longitude
people
employment tourist amenity tourism infrastructure nation poverty habitat national wealth provision
places
international desert region rural urban abroad regional estuary settlement authority location
general terms
pollution climate erosion situation transportation transport physical landscape function weather

History

social
civilisation emigration disease citizen immigrant
economic
agriculture economy economic economical trade agricultural
religious
religious cathedral priest Protestant
government
government reign parliament politics republic colony political independence colonisation dynasty constitutional imperialism imperial
terms (general)
bias propaganda source document chronological contradiction motive contradict current chronology
conflict/warfare
castle invasion revolution defence conflict rebel revolt siege traitor rebellion

ICT

handling information
data cursor justify byte document binary database delete megabyte
equipment
computer monitor hardware module cartridge CD-ROM disk processor scanner electronic memory modem
interface
icon interface input interactive output password preview sensor multimedia keyboard
network
connection server internet network connect cable
software
graphic virus software spreadsheet program

Library

book types
anthology encyclopaedia non-fiction series genre romance fantasy magazine thesaurus novel dictionary
people
author editor librarian publisher
ordering/classification
classification irrelevance relevance system alphabetical relevant irrelevant alphabet catalogue
inside books
article index extract content copyright section glossary

Mathematics

operations
estimate approximately calculate divide multiply guess subtraction division multiplication addition average
arithmetic terms
fraction positive percentage negative recurring denominator numerator ratio decimal minus digit
triangles & angles
alternate vertical equilateral isosceles perpendicular vertex corresponding vertices degree angle adjacent
shapes
diameter square parallelogram radius perimeter triangular rhombus quadrilateral triangle circumference
measuring
kilometre centimetre kilogram litre metre tonne amount volume measure weight
geometry
regular irregular rotation reflection horizontal axis axes reflect rotate symmetrical parallel symmetry
algebra and graphs
graph co-ordinate equation

Music

performing
instrument orchestral synchronise timbre syncopation tempo orchestra percussion conductor choir musician
composing
rhythm melody harmony dynamics instrumental ostinato pitch lyric ternary triad vocal composition score octave
reading music
interval minor quaver semibreve crotchet major minim chromatic chord

PE

competition
relay athlete qualify squad tactic tournament field pitch league athletic
parts of body
injury medicine mobile biceps hamstring mobility quadriceps triceps muscle
exercise
activity agility gymnastic exercise personal active gym agile

PSHE

personal
discussion approval prefer preference pressure encourage reality approve control discipline encouragement gender involve involvement reward
relationship
represent representative dependent communication relationship
problem areas
addict addiction dependency racism racist sanction sexism sexist stereotype
qualities
achieve achievement emotion emotional generous generosity effort able ability

RE

religious
creation Hinduism Buddhist Christian Hindu Israel Jewish Muslim Sikh Islam Sikhism Judaism Buddhism
ceremony
funeral baptism burial celebrate celebration festival wedding ceremony marriage
practice
religion prayer Bible commitment hymn pilgrim pray shrine spiritual religious mosque temple synagogue pilgrimage disciple
symbols and signs
miracle prophet spirit sign special symbol
morality
parable prejudice biblical commandment immoral immorality moral morality

Science

experimental
hazard chemical method vessel temperature laboratory apparatus thermometer
other processes
pressure evaporation exchange condensation friction combustion freeze
material
liquid alkaline element particles oxygen acid solution frequency
life
insect organism mammal vertebrate amphibian predator
life processes
digestion reproduce respire circulate growth digest cycle function nutrient respiration circulation

KS3 words + helpful spellings

acco- To audi-

word list
audible alcohol analysis atmosphere analyse audience assessment actually although accommodation argument
practise actually
actually normally officially originally usually
practise assessment
assessment embarrass possession parallel necessary interrupt
practise although
already almost always also although
practise audible
responsible incredible sensible audible visible reversible digestible collapsible accessible
practise audience
patience audience obedience conscience convenience

autu- to choc-

word list
caught business beautiful beneath believe autumn beginning buried chocolate
practise chocolate
chocolate definite deliberate desperate interesting separate poisonous
practise caught
taught naughty daughter caught
practise autumn
condemn solemn hymn column autumn
practise beneath
beneath below behind between beside beyond because before
practise beginning
grinning referring travelling beginning stirring dialling winning planning
practise buried
buried dried hurried cried worried fried married

clim- to daug-

word list
daughter conclusion conscience conscious climb concentration continuous creation consequence column
practise climb
climb comb crumb limb numb tomb thumb
practise concentration
relegation illustration demonstration education relation dictation isolation concentration
practise conclusion
collision persuasion invasion decision division explosion conclusion
practise consequence
evidence difference reference silence presence consequence sequence

deci- to emba-

word list
diamond decide embarrass disappoint development definite diary design disappear decision
practise diary
diary biology violin diamond creation reaction
practise disappoint
disappoint disloyal disorder disprove disappear disease dislike
practise decision
decision acid city cigarette cinder cinema pencil decide society
practise design
gnarled reign design gnome gnat gnash sign
practise development
treatment payment measurement advertisement movement engagement development

ener- to fort-

word list
environment evaluation engagement enquire fierce explanation forty evidence energy February
practise fierce
fierce pierced pier cashier
practise energy
strategy energy gym stingy
practise evaluation
demonstration completion relegation illustration promotion relation pollution evaluation
practise enquire
enquire enable encircle engulf enforce enrich encourage enlarge

fulf- to indu-

word list
guard health imaginary fulfil happened height industrial improvise furthermore
practise height
height neigh neighbour eighty weigh weight sleigh
practise happened
happened listened loosened fastened frightened ripened opened
practise health
sweat wealth deaf dead bread breath head health instead
practise industrial
material memorial radial aerial terrestrial industrial
practise imaginary
secondary imaginary dictionary necessary ordinary library voluntary temporary
practise guard
guess guide guest guard guarantee guitar guilty disguise biscuit build

inte- to mean-

word list
interesting material marriage lovely lonely interrupt jealous knowledge meanwhile issue
practise issue
rescue overdue tissue avenue argue barbecue value continue
practise jealous
already breakfast treasure deadly jealous measure
practise lonely
surely extremely rudely safely closely bravely lonely lovely

misc- to part-

word list
original parallel necessary miscellaneous mischief moreover modern murmur participation nervous
practise miscellaneous
spontaneous instantaneous miscellaneous simultaneous
practise mischief
mischief diesel relief belief
practise modern
concern eastern modern lantern cavern pattern
practise nervous
continuous famous nervous carnivorous
practise murmur
murmur turnip church burst curly hurt
practise original
magic rigid original origin giant ginger gin

patt- to poss-

word list
people performance possession permanent persuade pattern physical persuasion peaceful
practise persuade
persuasion persuasive persuade suede
practise people
example multiple purple people couple
practise physical '-y'
gym sympathy myth mystery typical physical system
practise physical '-ical'
physical political electrical typical medical magical chemical musical
practise peaceful
powerful harmful faithful careful useful truthful colourful peaceful
practise performance
allowance disturbance clearance attendance appearance performance

pote- to rece-

word list
receive preparation prioritise proposition reaction potential process questionnaire queue proportion
practise potential
potential residential initial essential
practise process
process announcer deception recent decent licence
practise proposition
opposition imposition proposition position

refe- to sequ-

word list
sequence remember resources safety research secondary reference relief Saturday separate
practise resources
your fourteen pouring courtroom downpour resources tourist
practise relief
rehearse remove relief request referee record recollect rearrange
practise research
search research pearl heard learn learning early

shou- to sure-

word list
sincerely stomach straight strength shoulder surely success skilful strategy soldier
practise shoulder
boulder mouldy poultry shoulder
practise sincerely
Madam truly signature Dear Yours sincerely faithfully
practise surely
leisure pleasure exposure surely measure treasure
practise stomach
school scheme echo anchor ache chemist Christmas stomach

surp- to wome-

word list
technology survey women Wednesday weight surprise unfortunately weird tomorrow texture technique
practise surprise '-ise'
televise surprise revise exercise clockwise
practise surprise 'sur-'
surgery survey surface surfer survivor surprise
practise survey
grey prey survey
practise technique
antique technique unique
practise texture
texture capture nature mixture adventure departure moisture
practise weird
their weird heir
practise technology
technique technology technical polytechnic pyrotechnics technophobia technician

Homophones and confusions

homophones 1
through threw two too sauce sights sites source
confusions 1
choose chose too affect advise advice to brought bought effect
confusions 2
are conscious conscience quite our quiet
homophones 2
practise allowed breaking coarse course braking practice aloud

KS3 some spelling practice

Spelling: vowel choices

mixed /ai/ phoneme
great play paint flame baby cake snail spray tray train
mixed /igh/ phoneme
kind pie blind crime slide thigh tight try wild
mixed /oa/ phoneme
roll coach told throw stone stroke float coast coal grow hope
mixed /oo/ (food) phoneme
true tooth threw smooth crude blue brute grew
mixed /oy/ phoneme
royal poison loyal joint employ annoy boil toilet soil
mixed /ow/ (cow) phoneme
sound cloud crowd ground growl prowl now mouth
mixed /air/ phoneme
where wear there share stairs fairy chair bear scare
mixed /or/ phoneme
sport small snore chalk door draw fourteen launch board
mixed /er/ phoneme
earth girl burst burn perfect herb search shirt
mixed /oo/ (good) phoneme
push hood hook full cook bush bull wooden

Spelling: making plurals

'-s' cry > cries
carries dries hurries worries cries
baby > babies
cities daisies families ponies stories babies pennies puppies
monkey > monkeys
boys guys keys monkeys toys trays ways
half > halves
shelves thieves wolves wives loaves halves knives
roof > roofs
beliefs chiefs chefs cliffs roofs
kiss > kisses
matches kisses boxes coaches brushes
hero > heroes
cargoes dominoes echoes heroes potatoes tomatoes volcanoes
kilo > kilos
kilos photos pianos radios solos videos

Spelling: contractions

I have > I've
I've we've could've should've might've must've
you had, you would > you'd
he'd I'd she'd they'd you'd
do not > don't
shan't won't isn't wasn't haven't couldn't didn't can't don't
contractions
I'm shan't shouldn't o'clock they're they'd they've it's

Spelling: prefixes

'a-'
aside asleep awake aloud around alike along across
'be-'
because before beyond between beside beneath below behind
'dis-' as negative
disconnect distrust disease dislike disagree disappear disorder
'fore-'
forecast forefinger foreground foresee forewarn forehead foreman forecourt
'pre-' before
preschool prehistoric prepacked precooked prefix
're-' do again
renew rehouse replay review replace
'un-' as an opposite
uncertain uncertain unfair unfair unfriendly unfriendly unwell untrue unwell unknown unknown untidy untidy untrue unsafe unsafe
'ex-' out of
excluding export excursion excavate except exit extract
'for-'
forbidden forgive forget forsake
'im-' without
imbalance impede immune immaculate immediate immense
'per-' through
perspire permanent perforation performance perfume permit persuade persuasion
'co-' together
coerce coexist cooperate

Spelling: suffixes

'-ful' spoon > spoonful
armful bucketful cupful mouthful spoonful
'-less' care > careless
aimless airless breathless careless countless effortless pointless
'-ness' sad > sadness
carelessness eagerness sickness darkness fitness sadness goodness kindness
'-tion' collect > collection
connection election exhibition suggestion invention collection
'-tion' illustrate > illustration
pollution relation completion demonstration illustration promotion relegation evaluation
'-ence'
reference evidence difference presence silence consequence sequence
'-ent'
excellent urgent persistent different independent absorbent
'-ible'
sensible incredible responsible accessible collapsible digestible reversible visible
'-ous' danger >dangerous
dangerous thunderous bulbous poisonous murderous
hot > hotter > hottest
hottest bigger redder reddest biggest hotter
large > larger > largest
latest simpler larger whiter largest whitest simplest fiercest fiercer later
happy > happier > happiest
funniest happier healthier healthiest easiest funnier happiest easier

Spelling: suffixes for tenses

'-ing' grin > grinning
referring travelling grinning beginning stirring planning dialling winning
'-ing' carpet > carpeting
carpeting happening limiting targeting visiting
'-ing' with eye, -ie, -o, -oe
echoing eyeing hoeing lying shoeing tying vetoing radioing
'-ed' grab > grabbed
grabbed hopped sunned slammed nodded knitted
'-ed' amuse > amused
dated dared amused droned hoped moved
'-ed' cry > cried
cried dried hurried worried fried married buried
'-ed' video > videoed
echoed radioed vetoed videoed

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