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.