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Please find the links at the bottom of the page for the yearly overview of spellings.

Below are the common exception words for each phase. The children are expected to be able to read and spell these by the end of each phase. Common exception words are those words in which the English Spelling code works in an unusual or uncommon way. They are not words for which phonics 'doesn't work', but they may be exceptions to spelling rules, or words which use a particular combination of letters to represent sound patterns in a rare or unique way.

Year 1 & 2 Common Exception Words:

Year 1 High Frequency Words:

Year 2 High Frequency Words:

Year 3 & 4 Common Exception Words:

Year 5 & 6 Common Exception Words:

Below are the phonic phases that we use with the children to help them to both read and spell most words.

EYFS Grow The Code Sound Chart:



KS1 & KS2 Grow the Code Sound Chart


To help the children learn their spellings and retain them, we have purchased a subscription to the Spelling Shed for children in Years 1 - 6. This is a scheme designed for pupils to practise their weekly/ fortnightly spellings online via the use of the web link This is free but if you find it easier to access, there is an app you can purchase which works on smartphones and tablets.

Children can practise set spelling rules given by the teacher as well as practise spellings patterns from National Curriculum.  Children can play individually or in a ‘Hive’ game to support their learning. Teachers are able to use the program in school and monitor practice and progress when the site is used at home;  in the same way as Times Tables Rock Stars.

For KS1, each week, alongside their spelling homework, the children will also be given a spelling assignment on Spelling Shed. The pupils will receive a new online spelling list each week which will be based around the sounds and spelling rules that we are teaching that week. The assignment is in the form of playing games where the children can choose their own confidence level. As the spellings are matched to their abilities, when they start to learn their spellings, they can attempt the harder levels to gain even bigger scores. Once, they’ve completed the assignment, they can continue to play the games given or start to play the bonus games. The more times they play, the more points and rewards they’ll earn!

For KS2, they will be given their assignments on the week they are given their new spelling pattern. They will have a week to complete the assignment and they then too can practise their spellings increasing the difficulty and by playing the bonus games. Again, the more times they play, the more points and rewards they’ll earn!

Please see the letter and the guide for parents, which went home at the beginning of the Spring term, for more information about how to access the game. You can find these below.