Wordlist 1
Wordlist 2
Wordlist 3
Wordlist 4
Wordlist 5
Wordlist 6
Wordlist 7
Wordlist 8
Wordlist 9
Wordlist 10
Wordlist 11
Wordlist 12
Wordlist 13
Wordlist 14
Wordlist 15
Wordlist 16
Wordlist 17
Wordlist 18
Wordlist 19
Wordlist 20
Wordlist 21
Wordlist 22
Wordlist 23
Wordlist 24
Wordlist 25
Wordlist 26
Wordlist 27
Wordlist 28
Wordlist 29
Wordlist 30
Wordlist 31
Wordlist 32

Shakespeare and More Spelling Scheme

What does the scheme consist of?

There are 32 lists of words for children to learn. The words are taken from the 2014 National Curriculum. The lists get progressively more challenging, matching the content of the new NC. It is likely that the school will choose to use the lists flexibly, but the table below shows how the lists align to the demands of different year groups drawn from the 2014 National Curriculum.

Words Lists

Year Group

1-6

Year 1

7-12

Year 2

13-18

Year 3

19-24

Year 4

24-32

Years 5 & 6

The demands for spelling in the 2014 National Curriculum are challenging and it may take a number of years for children to ‘catch up’ with the programme. Across each year group, the word list contain a mixture of new words and words previously learnt. This should give children the opportunity to revise words they know already, ensuring children do not simply learn them for the test and then forget them.

Where does the scheme start?

The scheme begins at the start of Y1. Before children can begin on the first sheet, they need to be familiar with:

  • all letters of the alphabet and the sounds which they most commonly represent
  • consonant digraphs and the sounds which they represent
  • vowel digraphs which have been taught through the phonics scheme and the sounds which they represent
  • the process of segmenting words into sounds before choosing graphemes to represent the sounds
  • words with adjacent consonants

Where does the scheme end?

If children work at the rate of one wordlist per half term they should finish the scheme at the end of term 1 of Y6. This would give two terms to return to any areas of that still need development.

 

 

Shakespeare and More Spelling Scheme

Overview of rules/sounds to be taught

An overview of the spelling rules/sounds to be taught for each wordlist

Wordlists 1 - 6 (Year 1)

Sounds/Spelling Rules

List 1

Vowel digraphs and trigraphs: ay oy oi ee a-e

Common exception words

List 2

Vowel digraphs and trigraphs: oo oa oe ou

The sounds /f/, /l/, /s/, /z/ and /k/ spelt ff, ll, ss, zz and ck

The /ŋ/ sound spelt n before k

Common exception words

List 3

Vowel digraphs and trigraphs: ar ir ur ow ue ew

Common exception words

List 4

Vowel digraphs and trigraphs: or ore aw air ear are

Common exception words

List 5

Vowel digraphs and trigraphs: ai i-e o-e u-e ie igh

-tch

Common exception words

List 6

The /v/ sound at the end of words

Adding s and es to words (plural of nouns and the third person singular of verbs)

Adding the endings –ing, –ed and –er to verbs where no change is needed to the root word

New consonant spelling: wh

Words ending –y (/i:/ or /ɪ/)

Common exception words

Wordlists 7 - 12 (Year 2)

Sounds/Spelling Rules

List 7

The /d_ʒ/ sound spelt as ge and dge at the end of words, and sometimes spelt as g elsewhere in words before e, i and y

The /s/ sound spelt c before e, i and y

The /n/ sound spelt kn and (less often) gn at the beginning of words

Common exception words

List 8

The /a_ɪ/ sound spelt –y at the end of words

Adding –es to nouns and verbs ending in –y

Adding –ed, –ing, –er and –est to a root word ending in –y with a consonant before it.

Adding –ed, –ing, –er and –est to a root word ending in –e with a consonant before it.

Adding –ing, –ed, –er, –est and –y to words of one syllable ending in a single consonant letter after a single vowel letter

Common exception words

List 9

The /ɹ/ sound spelt wr at the beginning of words

The /l/ or /əl/ sound spelt –le at the end of words

The /l/ or /əl/ sound spelt –el at the end of words

The /l/ or /əl/ sound spelt –al at the end of words

Words ending –il

The /ɔ:/ sound spelt a before l and ll

The /ʌ/ sound spelt o

Common exception words

List 10

The /i:/ sound spelt –ey

The /ɒ/ sound spelt a after w and qu

The / ɔ:/ sound spelt a after w

The /ʒ/ sound spelt s

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

List 11

Words ending in –tion

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

List 12

The possessive apostrophe (singular nouns)

Contractions

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

Wordlists 13 - 18 (Year 3)

Sounds/Spelling Rules

List 13

Possessive apostrophe with singular and plural words

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

List 14

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

List 15

The suffix –ly

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

List 16

The /ʌ/ sound spelt ou

More prefixes

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

List 17

Words with endings sounding like /ʒə/ or /t_ʃə/

Words with the /e_ɪ/ sound spelt ei, eigh, or ey

Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words of more than one syllable

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

List 18

Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words of more than one syllable

More prefixes

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

Wordlists 19 - 24 (Year 4)

Sounds/Spelling Rules

List 19

Endlings which sound like /ʃən/, spelt –tion, -sion, -ssion and -cian

Common exception words

List 20

The suffixes –ation and -sion

Common exception words

List 21

The suffic -ous

Common exception words

List 22

More prefixes

Common exception words

List 23

The /ɪ/ sound spelt y elsewhere than at the end of words

More prefixes

Common exception words

List 24

The suffix –ous

Words with the /k/ sound spelt ch (Greek in origin)

Words with the /ʃ/ sound spelt ch (mostly French in origin)

Words ending with the /g/ sound spelt –gue and the /k/ sound spelt –que (French in origin)

Common exception words

Wordlists 25 - 30 (Year 5)

Sounds/Spelling Rules

List 25

Words containing the letter-string ough

Endings which sound like /ʃəs/ spelt –cious or -tious

Common exception words

List 26

Endings which sound like /ʃəl/

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

List 27

Words ending in –ant, -ance, -ancy, -ent, -ence and –ency

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

List 28

Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words ending in –fer

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

List 29

Words ending in –ible and -able

Words ending in –ably and –ibly

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

List 30

Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words ending in –fer

Words with the /i:/ sound spelt ei after c

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

Wordlists 31 & 32 (Year 6)

Sounds/Spelling Rules

List 31

Words with ‘silent’ letters (i.e. letters whose presence cannot be predicted from the pronunciation of the word)

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words

List 32

Homophones and near-homophones

Common exception words