Spelling Y3 & Y4


In year 3 and 4 there is a very strong focus on ensuring all the phonic phases are secure and that the children can read and spell the High Frequency Words (please see the Phonics section).

In addition, the following areas are covered:

  • Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words of more than one syllable
  • The /ɪ/ sound spelt y elsewhere than at the end of words
  • The /ʌ/ sound spelt ou
  • Prefixes such as: in-, un-, dis, mis-, re-, sub-, inter-, super-, anti-, auto-,
  • The suffix –ation
  • The suffix –ly
  • Words ending in -ure.
  • The suffix –ous
  • Endings which sound like /ʃən/, spelt –tion, –sion, –ssion, –cian
  • Words with the /k/ sound spelt ch (Greek in origin)
  • Words with the /ʃ/ sound spelt ch (mostly French in origin)
  • Words ending with the /g/ sound spelt –gue and the /k/ sound spelt –que (French in origin)
  • Words with the /s/ sound spelt sc (Latin in origin)
  • Words with the /eɪ/ sound spelt ei, eigh, or ey
  • Possessive apostrophe with plural words
  • Homophones and near-homophones

The spelling areas covered with further examples can be downloaded below.

Year 3 and 4 spelling and word list

Year 3 and 4 spelling list