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Year 5 Term 1 i KS2 spelling resources - Spelling unstressed vowels in polysyllabic words

Resources to help teach words containing parts that we don't hear, making them hard to spell. Includes different spelling strategies for these words, with a selection of suitable words to spell.


  • Unstressed vowels introduction: Explains what unstressed vowels are.
  • Spelling Strategies: Explains the 6 spelling strategies and how to use them.
  • Spelling words with unstressed vowels 1: Spelling strategies for separate, factory and Geography.
  • Spelling words with unstressed vowels 2: Spelling strategies for definite, familiar, and primary.
  • Spelling words with unstressed vowels 3: Spelling strategies for similar, vegetable and dictionary.
  • Spelling words with unstressed vowels 4: Spelling strategies for holiday, centre, and secretary.
  • Spelling words with unstressed vowels 5: Spelling strategies for doctor, description and general.
  • Spelling words with silent vowels: Spelling strategies for chocolate, difference, and miserable. Includes a list of 14 other words with silent vowels.
  • Spelling words with silent consonants: Spelling strategies for Wednesday, February and library, with a list of 14 more words containing silent consonants at the end.

Word cards to print out:

  • Words with unstressed vowels - 56 individual words
  • Words with silent consonants - 30 individual words
  • Days Months Seasons


  • Spelling strategies recording sheet: to help the children find the way that suits them best.


  • Word list: A list of words with unstressed vowels and silent consonants.
  • Planning Y5 T1i: An outline of the half termly plan in word, matched up with the accompanying activities above


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