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Word list - Years 3 and 4 Spellings

Resources to teach the spellings of the words in the years 3 and 4 word list


  • Spelling strategies: Looks at different ways to learn spellings for children to use


The words are organised into 15 different categories, according to how they are spelt. Each category contains between 6 and 9 words so that they can also be used for spelling tests.

Each category contains a PowerPoint with a page for each word and a range of strategies to help remember the spelling of each. The strategies include:

  • Looking at the history of the word
  • Looking at words in the same word family
  • Looking at spelling rules
  • Looking at root words and affixes
  • Using speak and spell
  • Highlighting unusual spelling
  • Mnemonics
  • Looking at words within the word
  • Looking at words with similar spelling patterns

The categories are as follows:

  1. Spelling words using phonic knowledge
  2. Words with schwa digraph 1
  3. Words with schwa digraph 2
  4. Words with schwa spelt a
  5. Words with schwa spelt e and i
  6. Words with schwa spelt o and u
  7. Silent letters 1
  8. Silent letters 2
  9. Words with the grapheme ea
  10. Words with the grapheme gh
  11. Words with the letter string ough
  12. Words with the phonemes tch and sh
  13. Words with unusual correspondences 1
  14. Words with unusual correspondences 2
  15. Words with unusual correspondences 3
  16. Words with unusual correspondences 4


  • Look Write Cover Check x 16: For spelling practice

Spelling activity sheets - A variety of pdf sheets that can be used for different spelling activities. They include:

  • Acrostic poems
  • Bubble words
  • Colourful words
  • Cut out words
  • Look write cover check spelling sheet
  • Rainbow spellings
  • Shape words
  • Silly Sentences
  • Spelling with both hands
  • Stories with spellings
  • Word search with spellings
  • Words in words
  • Writing a poem
  • Writing fun


  • Word list - organised into the above categories
  • Adaptable outline plan, showing the word lists and previous learning the children should have encountered.

Download a free Year 3/4 word list wordmat / display sheet

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