Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful
Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful

Supporting your child with Spelling Practice

How can I support my child’s spelling?


1. Practising their phonics (Years 1 and 2)

Phonics is the main way that children are taught to spell at the start of primary school. Encouraging children to break the word they want to spell into its individual sounds and then try to match those sounds to the letters of the alphabet is really important. Reminding children to segment ‘frog’ into its four sounds – ‘f’ ‘r’ ‘o’ ‘g’ – sounds like such a basic way of supporting spelling, but practising it is so important if it is to become second nature.

2. Helping with spelling homework

When spelling lists are sent home it is really helpful if you could help your child to learn them. If they are struggling to remember words on their spelling list, you might:

· Draw their attention to any patterns or groups of letters in the words, making links to the phonics they’ve been taught: ‘which letters are making the ‘ay’ sound? Yes, it’s the ‘ai’, just like in ‘gain’ and ‘Spain’.

· Use over-pronunciation. So for Wednesday encourage children to say Wed-nes-day as they write.

· Ask children to write down the words that they need to remember how to spell. The act of writing the words by hand helps to anchor the spelling in children’s memories and encourages them to think about the letters that represent the sounds in the word.

· You can focus children’s attention on the tricky bits in a word by asking them to highlight them. For example, show them that said has ‘ai’ in the middle and ask them to write the word, and then highlight or underline this part to help them remember.


Ways to learn spellings:


Here are some fun ways in which you can support your child to practise their spellings at home.

Playing games that help them to recognise the spelling words on sight can really help. The more they see a word the more familiar it becomes and the more likely they are to remember it; if they can visualise it, they are more likely to spell it correctly.


Spelling bingo

Print and cut out the words your child has to learn. Draw out a bingo board and write some of the spellings in the boxes. This works best with more than one player, so see if you can rope in someone else to play. Every time your child ‘gets’ a spelling word, go through the spelling together and then cover it and ask them to spell it again.


Spelling pairs

Draw or print a word grid and write each spelling word in a new box. You will need to write each word twice (each in a separate box). Cut them out, making sure you have two of each spelling word. Then turn them over and mix them up, ensuring they are organised randomly. Challenge your child to turn over two pieces of paper and then read each word. Are they a pair? If not, turn them back over and repeat this until they find matching pairs. Once they have found a pair, look at the spelling together and then ask your child to spell the word without looking

Scrabble Spelling:

Find the letters you need to spell you words and then mix them up in the bag. Get your parents to time you unscrambling your letters. For extra maths practice you could find out the value of each of your words.


There is a classic mnemonic to help children remember how to spell ‘because’: big elephants can always understand small elephants. Make up your own silly mnemonics together to help your child remember tricky words they struggle with.


Play it back

Record your child spelling out each word on your smartphone or tablet. When you practice them, ask your child to write down each spelling word and then play their own voice reading it back to them. It’s amazing how much this amuses and motivates them.

Listen Carefully:


Ask your parents to spell out one of your words then you have to say what the word is they've spelt out

Story Time:


Write a short story using all of your words.


Race against the clock

Introduce an element of challenge to practising spellings. Using a stopwatch, time your child as you call out the spelling words and they write them. Make a note of their time and score and then on the following day, challenge them to beat their personal best