Where do the words on my child's spelling list come from? 

In Grade 3, your child will be given around 150 new high-frequency words to learn over the year, in addition to review – the aim is for them to be able to recognise these words and to be able to read them. Children learn these words as part of their phonics lessons and may also bring high frequency words home to read.

What are high-frequency words?

High frequency words are common words, words that appear very often in written texts. They are a mixture of decodable words (words that can be sounded out) and tricky / exception words (words in which the English spelling code works in an unusual or uncommon way, which means the words have to be learned and recognised by sight).

It is really important that children learn how to read these words as they will make up a large proportion of the words they will be reading in everyday texts. They also need to learn to spell these words as they will find they will need to use them a great deal in their writing. (Research has shown that just 16 words, such as ‘and’, ‘he’, ‘I’ and ‘in’, but also the more phonetically-difficult ‘the’, ‘to’, ‘you’, ‘said’, ‘are’, ‘she’ and ‘was’, make up a quarter of the words in a piece of writing, whether it’s for adults or children.)

How can I help my child with their spelling?

You can download a copy of the Grade 3 High-Frequency Words, including the High-Frequency Review Words (the Grade 2 words) or a set of our "Weekly Spelling Lists" for the year. You may choose to have your child practice these words using the the Write, Draw, Use Practice Sheet...


Spellingcity.com Practice Lists

...you may also want to visit SpellingCity.com, where I'll be setting up practice word list based on our Weekly Spelling Lists. Links will appear below as the lists are created.

Access all our practice lists here.