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      Explore the word together as a class, discuss a strategy for remembering the word. Think mnemonic, rhyme, acronyms or split the word e.g. Wed-nes-day.

      Now tell the students they need to write down the word as many times as they can within 30 seconds. You can display a timer to encourage pace. You should encourage high standards of handwriting so the children can learn the pattern of the words.
      To make this easier keep the word on display.

      To improve the challenge remove the word from sight before the students start to write.
      When working on this you should try to follow common letter sequences, for instance; tomorrow borrow sorrow and so on. There are many groups of words that have the same letter sequences. Think of areas your patients find difficult, double consonant words are often tricky for children. In the appendix there are some words KS3 find challenging. Some examples of similar sequence words*: "ing / le / tch / str / kn / wr / mb / ight / igh / ough / ear."

      In order for spellings to be remembered your students will need to write it frequently in different contexts/activities. So from this exercise you could pick one word to be the 'word of the day' that they must include in their writing.

      You may find that children need this in order for the word to become embedded in their vocabulary.

      * Similar sequence words is also called common letter patterns e.g. igh.
      Appendix 3 Key Stage 3 spelling lists
      General spelling list
      The following list of spellings was compiled by a number of secondary schools who all identified the following words as common errors among this age group.
      The list is not intended for blanket teaching, because most pupils will know how to spell most of the words, but it is recommended that early in Year 7, pupils should be helped to learn those spellings about which they still are uncertain.

      • accommodation
      • conclusion
      • explanation
      • actually
      • conscience
      • February
      • alcohol
      • conscious
      • fierce
      • although
      • consequence
      • forty
      • analyse/analysis
      • continuous
      • fulfil
      • argument
      • creation
      • furthermore
      • assessment
      • daughter
      • guard
      • atmosphere
      • decide/decision
      • happened
      • audible
      • definite
      • health
      • audience
      • design
      • height
      • autumn
      • development
      • imaginary
      • beautiful
      • diamond
      • improvise
      • beginning
      • diary
      • industrial
      • believe
      • disappear
      • interesting
      • beneath
      • disappoint
      • interrupt
      • buried
      • embarrass
      • issue
      • business
      • energy
      • jealous
      • caught
      • engagement
      • knowledge
      • chocolate
      • enquire
      • listening
      • climb
      • environment
      • lonely
      • column
      • evaluation
      • lovely
      • concentration
      • evidence
      • marriage
      • material
      • potential
      • sincerely
      • meanwhile
      • preparation
      • skilful
      • miscellaneous
      • prioritise
      • soldier
      • mischief
      • process
      • stomach
      • modern
      • proportion
      • straight
      • moreover
      • proposition
      • strategy
      • murmur
      • questionnaire
      • strength
      • necessary
      • queue
      • success
      • nervous
      • reaction
      • surely
      • original
      • receive
      • surprise
      • outrageous
      • reference
      • survey
      • parallel
      • relief
      • technique
      • participation
      • remember
      • technology
      • pattern
      • research
      • texture
      • peaceful
      • resources
      • tomorrow
      • people
      • safety
      • unfortunately
      • performance
      • Saturday
      • Wednesday
      • permanent
      • secondary
      • weight
      • persuade/persuasion
      • separate
      • weird
      • physical
      • sequence
      • women
      • possession
      • shoulder
      Common homophones and confusions
      • advise/advice
      • choose/chose
      • quiet/quite
      • a lot of
      • cloth/clothe
      • sites/sights
      • affect/effect
      • conscience/conscious
      • source/sauce
      • allowed/aloud
      • course/coarse
      • thank you
      • bought/brought
      • our/are
      • threw/through
      • braking/breaking
      • practise/practice
      • to/too/two
      These lists of subject spellings were compiled by a number of secondary school departments. They
      identified the words listed as being words that were often needed and often incorrectly spelt.
      Schools may use these suggestions as the basis for local lists suitable for their own topics and
      needs.

      The list is not intended for blanket teaching, because all pupils will know how to spell some of the
      words. However, it is recommended that pupils should be helped to learn those spellings about
      which they are uncertain.

      Art
      • abstract
      • easel
      • kiln
      • acrylic
      • exhibition
      • landscape
      • charcoal
      • foreground
      • palette
      • collage
      • frieze
      • pastel
      • collection
      • gallery
      • perspective
      • colour
      • highlight
      • portrait
      • crosshatch
      • illusion
      • sketch
      • dimension
      • impasto
      • spectrum
      • display

      D and T
      • aesthetic
      • hygiene
      • presentation
      • brief
      • ingredient
      • production
      • carbohydrate
      • innovation
      • protein
      • component
      • knife/knives
      • recipe
      • design
      • linen
      • sew
      • diet
      • machine
      • specification
      • disassemble
      • manufacture
      • technology
      • evaluation
      • mineral
      • tension
      • fabric
      • natural
      • textile
      • fibre
      • nutrition
      • vitamin
      • flour
      • polyester
      • flowchart
      • portfolio

      English
      • advertise/advertisement
      • figurative
      • preposition
      • alliteration
      • genre
      • resolution
      • apostrophe
      • grammar
      • rhyme
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