Years 3/4 and 5/6 word lists

word listsYears 3/4 and 5/6 word lists

Children in Years 3 and 4 are expected to know how to spell and use in their written work a set of 100 specific words. The same is true for children in Years 5 and 6 who have a more difficult set of 100 words to learn. Teaching these word-lists is a statutory requirement. They are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. Once each set of 100 words has been learned, longer words using prefixes and suffixes can also be introduced.

Using exclusively these 100 words as detailed in the statutory requirements, we have produced activities including unscrambling anagrams, words with more than one meaning, correcting misspellings, crosswords, word searches, sentence writing and missing words in sentences. These really are a great introduction to the vocabulary children are expected to know and with several pages for each set of words there is plenty of variety.

We have also published a collection of dictation exercises concentrating on the 100 words. The sets consist of four or five sentences, each containing two or three of the words from the list. These can be used as short dictation exercises and it is recommended that they are marked immediately afterwards by the children themselves so that they get instant feedback. The whole sentences can be marked for correct spelling, or just the key words.

It is well known that children need to come across words many times before they become a part of the vocabulary they use; hence we have provided at least four pages of activities on each ten words, as well as Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check sheets. We have also provided a full list of all 100 words for each pair of years.

Go to Year 3/4 word list activities

Go to Year 5/6 word list activities