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Brilliant Birch Class

Welcome to Brilliant Birch Class 

  • Teacher: Mrs Brooks & Mrs Fawcett
  • Teaching Assistant: Mrs Ferguson & Mrs Odell

Ntional Curriculum Spellings for year 3 & 4. How many can you spell?

We are going to be approaching spellings a little differently going forwards. 

I have published the attached spelling lists for the rest of this year. There are four lists – one for each half-term between now and the summer holidays. (See below)

The children will need to practise the words from the relevant list every week at home. They will be tested at the end of the half-term.

Please continue to use the ‘Spelling Menu’ activities to practise and be creative with these spellings. 

Within school, we will continue to practise spelling patterns and complete spelling sessions and activities through the week.

Year 3 and Year 4 word lists 


Year 3 words 

Year 4 words 

Autumn Term 1 

Possessive apostrophe singular and plural words 

Homophones list here, hear 

heel, heal, he’ll 

Tion, sion, ssion, cian 


rain, rein, reign     whose, who’s 

weather, whether 

ee spelled u: busy, business 

split digraphs: arrive, decide, describe, extreme, guide, surprise 

tion and sion suffixes: mention, occasion, position, possession, question, 

Autumn Term 2 

not, knot 

male, mail 

medal, meddle  


Ation, sion 


where, wear 

where, were 

words with unstressed vowels: different, favourite, February, interest, library, ordinary, separate 

s spelled c before e, i and y: bicycle, centre, century, certain, circle, decide, exercise, experience, medicine, notice, recent 

Spring Term 1 

Ly suffix 


accept, except     affect, effect 

ball, bawl      berry, bury 


Sure and ture word endings  (as in measure, creature) 

Words ending with Ous 


plain, plane       seen, scene 


n spelled kn: knowledge, knowledgeable 

~ly and ~ally suffix: accidentally, actually, occasionally, probably 

ous endings: famous, various 

other words: answer, build, calendar, complete, consider, continue 

Spring Term 2 

“u” spelled ou (young, double) 


Prefixes: un~, dis~, mis~, in~, il~ 


break, brake       fair, fare 

great, grate       groan, grown 

More prefixes: inter, anti, auto, super 


weight, wait 

eight, ate 


words with prefixes: disappear, disbelieve, rebuild, reposition 

the same words without prefixes: appear, believe, build, position 

early, earth, experiment, group, guard, forward, forwards, fruit, heard, heart, history, imagine, important, increase, island 

Summer Term 1 

“ay” spelled ei eigh ey 


Suffixes beginning with vowels added to multi syllable words: ~en, ~ing, ~er,  ~ed, ~ation 

Long I spelled y in initial and medial positions of word. 


More prefixes: inter, re, ir, im 

ay spelled ei: eight, eighth, reign, weight 

igh spelled ei: height 

learn, length, material, minute, natural, often, particular, peculiar, perhaps, popular, potatoes, promise, purpose 


Summer Term 2 

More prefixes: Pre, Sub 


main, mane       meat, meet 

missed, mist       piece, peace 

K spelled ch 

S spelled ch 

G spelled gue 

K spelled que 

words with double consonants: address, appear, arrive, different, difficult, disappear, grammar, occasion, opposite, pressure, suppose 

quarter, regular, remember, sentence, special, straight, strange, strength, surprise, therefore, woman, women 

You are learning to spell these words for two reasons. Firstly, they are words that are used regularly in your writing.  Secondly, they have been identified as words that every child in your year group in the UK has to be able to spell. 

Use your spelling strategy sheet to help you learn ways of remembering how to spell words.