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Spellings Year 3
Based on Support for Spelling and the National Curriculum 2014 
Support for spelling is a fantastic programme which is available to view online and has some great ideas which support the teaching of spelling in schools.


Support for Spelling Objectives

NC 2014 links
Autumn Term 1 

To consolidate understanding of adding suffixes and to investigate conventions relating to the spelling pattern ‘le’

‘le’ 3 rules
          - 2 different consonants
candle, grumble, handle, simple, bundle, example, crumple, tinkle, single, tumble.
          - A double consonant before ‘le’
bottle, battle, middle, muddle, apple, giggle, cattle, nettle, puddle, little, bubble, ripple, paddle, cuddle, sizzle, wriggle, hobble.
          - 1 consonant before ‘le’
beatle, needle, sparkle, people, startle, fable, bible, steeple, noodle, table.

Word families for ‘le’ words.
ckle – chuckle, prickle, tickle, cackle, trickle.
Able – table, vegetable, reliable, cable.
cle – uncle, cycle, icicle, obstacle, miracle, circle, bicycle.
dle – candle, handle, needle, noodle, poodle, bundle.
ble – double, trouble, bible, fable, humble, grumble rumble
ible – sensible, horrible
ple – example, simple, crumple, dimple.

Key Words

experiment, imagine, often, learn, surprise, length


NB. Rule – If a word contains a short vowel phoneme there are always 2 consonants between the vowel and ‘le’ (candle or kettle – where the consonant is doubled) Rule – If there is a long vowel phoneme there is 1 consonant before ‘le’ (beetle)

Autumn Term 

To spell regular verb endings and to learn irregular tense changes

Add -ed and –ing words to the following.

Different rules apply to the following: Typical regular verbs (just add ‘ing or ‘ed’) – cooks, plays, jumps, works, looks.

Verbs ending in single consonant (double the final consonant) – drops, grabs, stops, hug.                           Verbs ending in ‘y’ (drop the y and add ‘ied’ or ‘ing’)– carry, cry, try, spy, marry. Verbs ending in ‘e’ (just add ‘d’ or drop the e for ‘ing’) – save, love, note, bathe. Verbs ending in hissing or buzzing sounds (just add ‘ing or ‘ed’) – rush, hiss, wash, touch.

Irregular verbs – blow/blew, sing/sang, find/found, sell/sold, eat/ate, grow/grew, fight/faught, go/went, throw/threw, buy/bought, is/was, know/knew, take/took, are/were, shake/shook, ring/rang, wear/wore, make/made/ drink/drank, tear/tore, sit/sat, begin/began, tell/told, feed/fed, sell/sold, bite/bit, meet/met, write/wrote, send/sent, creep/crept, drive/drove, bend/bent, sleep/slept, speak/spoke, hide/hid.

Key Words                         Think/thought, hear/heard, catch/caught

address, answer, appear, consider, complete, arrive, continue, decide, February

Statutory expectations to cover Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words of more than one syllable. (-ing, -ed PLUS –en, -er)    

New NC with examples Forgetting/forgotten, beginning/beginner, prefer/preferred, gardening/gardener, limiting/limited


NB. Rule – Verbs ending in ‘y’ preceded by a consonant change to ‘i’ and add ‘ed’ (eg. carry, carried)     Rule – verbs with more than one syllable or a long vowel phoneme remove the ‘s’/’es’ and add ‘ed’ (eg. searches, searched and looks, looked) Rule – Single syllable verbs ending in a single consonant and preceded by a single vowel, double final consonant (eg. skip, skipped) Hissing or Buzzing sounds are things such as – ch, sh, zz, ss etc.

 Spring 1 

To investigate collect and classify spelling patterns relating to the formation of plurals. Word examples Regular +s – windows, keys, monkeys, coins, ages, lights, games, tables, delays, displays,                                             + es – beaches, bushes, glasses, watches, sandwiches, foxes, witches, potatoes, tomatoes                         +ies – armies, berries, cities, flies, libraries                                         +ves – thieves, leaves, loaves, halves, wolves, knives, lives, calves, scarves, wives.                                         Irregular – geese, men, mice, women, teeth, children, people, feet,

Key Words

potatoes, woman/women, library

early, build, believe, different, important, minute


NB. Rule – Most nouns add ‘s’       Rule – Nouns ending ‘y’ change the ‘y’ to ‘i’ and add ‘es’.                         Rule - Nouns ending in a hissing, buzzing or shushing sound (eg. ss, z, ch, sh) add ‘es’                             Rule - Nouns ending in ‘o’ add ‘es   Rule – Nouns ending in ‘fe’ or ‘f’ remove and add ‘ves’

NB. Plurals does not appear on the new curriculum for year 4 so we have amalgamated the year 3 and 4 curriculum in support for spelling. 

Spring 2

To understand how words change when suffixes are added                            - y, - ful, -ly, -less, - er, -est, able -ful – wishful, hopeful, painful, forgetful, pitiful, hateful, joyful.                           - ly – kindly, friendly, weekly, homely, lonely, nearly, freely.                             - less hopeless, painless, useless, tuneless, fearless, breathless, thankless   - able – avoidable, bearable, enjoyable, drinkable, likeable, breakable, sinkable                                             - er – farmer, villager, teenager, Londoner, baker, reader, teacher

Key Words                           actually/actual, regular, separate recent, peculiar, particular (all could have ‘ly’ added)

opposite, question

Statutory expectations to cover Adding the suffix ‘ly’ to an adjective to form an adverb. New NC with examples       Sadly, completely, usually, finally, comically, happily, angrily, gently, simply, humbly, nobly, basically, frantically, dramatically. 


NB. -

y – adding ‘y’ makes a word and adjective (eg. cheek/cheeky, fuss/fussy, smell/smelly) ful - adding ‘ful’ makes a word and adjective and also means full of (eg. hate/hateful, peace/peaceful)    

less - adding ‘less’ makes a word and adjective and also means without. (eg. home/homeless, fear/fearless)

- ly often changes words to an adverb, means in the manner (eg. swiftly)                                                               -er and –est relate to more and most (eg. larger/largest, smaller/smallest)                                                           - er can also mean belonging (eg.islander)                                                                                           - able means able to

NB. Rule – if the root word ends in ‘y’ and the letter before it is a consonant the ‘y’ is changed for an ‘i’.

Rule – if the word ends ‘le’ the ‘le’ is changed to ‘ly’

Rule – if the word ends ‘ic’ then ‘ally’ is added.

Summer 1

To imbed the correct use and spellings of pronouns.


I, me, my, mine, myself, this, you, your, yours, yourself, that, he, him, his, himself, these, she, her, hers, herself, those, it, its, itself, we, us, our, ours, ourselves, they, them, their, theirs, themselves.

This need not be taught in spelling time! Instead you could make it a focus of VCOP sessions. I personally think it is more to do with grammar as most children will have learnt these spellings in KS1.

Key Words

Eight/eighth, weight, reign

though/although, earth, enough, natural, perhaps disappear , sentence, therefore, group



Statutory expectations to cover ‘y’ making the ‘i’ sound elsewhere than at the end of words.                          

‘ou’ making the ‘u’ sound

New NC with examples ‘ei’ ‘ey’ or eigh’ making the sound ‘ay’

myth, gym, Egypt, pyramid, mystery young, touch, double, trouble, country vein, weigh, eight, neighbour, they, obey. 


NB. A pronoun helps the speaker or writer refer to people or things without naming them.


Summer 2 

To develop knowledge of prefixes to develop new words from root words.

Word examples –

Un – unwell, unlucky, unseen, uncertain, unfair, unsafe 

Dis – disappear, disobey, disagree, disown, dislike

Mis – misbehave, misplace, miscount, mistake, misfire, mishear, misread, misfortune, misinform

De – desmist, decode, decamp, defuse, defrost, deform, deflate, decrease

Re – rebuild, recycle, refill, reform, return, revisit, rewrite, replace, reuse, replay, retry, retake

Pre – predict, prepare, precaution, prepay, prefix, preview, precook

Key Words                             favourite, heart, exercise, material, quarter, strength, probably, popular,

Statutory expectations to cover Prefixes ‘un’, ‘dis’, ‘mis’ and ‘re’           New NC with examples         disappoint, disagree, disobey, disappear, misbehave, mislead, misspell, redo, refresh, return, reappear, redecorate.


NB. Definition: A prefix is adding to the beginning of a word to change it’s meaning.

  • Un means not (unwell)
  • Dis, mis and de changes it to the opposite (disobey, defrost, misbehave)
  • Re means again (recycle)          

- Pre means before (precook)