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There are lists of words that all children are expected to learn during Year 5. Below are all the words you should know or have a go at learning over the year, and in Year 6. We have had a go earlier in the year looking at some of them. This week's words are 8 in the middle :

familiar                government

foreign                 guarantee

forty                    harass

frequently            hindrance

Here are the word's you should know from Year 3 and 4. There are lots to know, some people find spelling easy, some people, including loads of grown ups, find it tricky. I suggest you take a look at both lists and find some words that would be good for you to learn.

When there is no spelling pattern to notice in the words, you will have to devise your own way of looking at the word for something memorable. Any  "words within words" ? Any connected words, in the same "family"? Any silent letters? Any similar words you already know? Give yourself some hooks, or links to help yourself remember the new spelling.

For example :


~ It's connected to the word family

~ It's got the word liar in there (!)

~ It can be made by writing fami + liar

~ You can chant the letters in groups  "F-A-M", "I-L-I", "A-R"

Whichever way helps you. Or draw it, or bubblewrite it....

Some people call these techniques "Aide memoire", a French term, literally "helps memory". 

Here's a grid you can use with your own tips on for this week's words :

Finally, here are this weeks words jumbled up - anagrams. How quickly can you unscramble them?

So good luck with the word lists. Remember, there are 8 words to become confident with this week :

familiar, foreign, forty, frequently, government, guarantee, harass, hindrance.

Check their meanings if you're not sure, try and use them in sentences, and keep an eye on those long lists when you have a spare moment to be on top of all the words Year 6 children will need to know.








Below is last week's work on homophones in case you missed it

I wonder how many homophones you collected last week. If you have a list or a poster, could you send a picture in and we can see how many Year 5 could have if they added several families' work together. 

Here's a quick wordsearch to remember last week's focus words.

More homophones

I wonder if these 5 pairs of homophones were already on your list? Now's the time to add them if not.

Here's a game to help you practise them.

Finally, look, cover, say, spell and check your words. You can use this sheet if it's helpful.