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Year 2 Common Exception Words

Spelling resources to teach the statutory requirements in Appendix 1 of the English curriculum:


POWERPOINT RESOURCES: The following PowerPoint lessons contain groups of words with similar spellings. Each grapheme-phoneme correspondence that is new to the children (depending upon phonics programme used) is introduced and explained. The children then are given opportunities to read and then write the words.

  • CEW 1 – door poor floor
  • CEW 2 – find kind mind etc
  • CEW 3 – most only both etc
  • CEW 4 – after fast last
  • CEW 5 – every, everybody, even
  • CEW 6 –great break steak
  • CEW 7 –move prove improve
  • CEW 8 – sure sugar
  • CEW 9 - who whole
  • CEW 10 - any many
  • CEW 11 - could would should

The following PowerPoint lessons contain individual common exception words. There are examples of different strategies the children can use for remembering how to spell the words, such as using mnemonics, saying the word as it is spelt, using the look write cover check method and highlighting the tricky part. Each strategy is demonstrated visually.

  • CEW Spelling strategies PEOPLE
  • CEW Spelling strategies BEAUTIFUL
  • CEW Spelling strategies AGAIN
  • CEW Spelling strategies BECAUSE
  • CEW Spelling strategies BUSY
  • CEW Spelling strategies CHRISTMAS
  • CEW Spelling strategies CLOTHES
  • CEW Spelling strategies EYE
  • CEW Spelling strategies HALF
  • CEW Spelling strategies HOUR
  • CEW Spelling strategies MR & MRS
  • CEW Spelling strategies PARENTS
  • CEW Spelling strategies PRETTY
  • CEW Spelling strategies WATER

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
  • Y2 Spelling Appendix planning - Common Exception Words:  An adaptable outline plan
  • Word List -  With relevant words
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