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Abbey Gates Primary School

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Are these hypotheses 'always true, never true or sometimes true'? 

In Year 6, our current hypothesis is: 


  • Words containing the letters 'i' and 'e' together, are always spelt 'i' before 'e' expect after 'c'.


Our previous hypothesises:-


  • Some words in the English language have double sets of double consonants
  • A prefix can be used with many different root words to influence meaning? 
  • dict- is not a prefix. 
  • Always add the suffix -es when pluralising words that end in the letter 'o'
  • 'Words that include unstressed vowels are trickier to spell because it is difficult  to hear sounds included to support spelling.' 
  • 'You know which suffix to use if you say it out loud. If the final sound is a vowel, then use -cial as in social. If the final sound is a consonant, then use -tial as in essential. 
  • 'Contractions can be spelt by putting two words together, removing a letter or some letters and replacing them with an apostrophe.' 
  • 'Hyphens can be used to clarify meaning.' 

Statutory Spelling Words 

Within the Primary Curriculum, children are expected to know and be able to spell this statutory year 3/4 list by the end of Year 4 and the statutory year 5/6 list by the end of year 6. Of course these are not the only words that children are expected to spell accurately.


Year 5 and 6 Statutory Spellings