Remembering tricky spellings
Home learning focus
Learn spelling strategies and how to remember tricky spellings.
This lesson includes:
two videos to help you with tips on remembering tricky spellings and to revise homophones and homonyms
Some words in the English language are difficult to spell. There are many different reasons a word can be tricky to spell. For example:
- they have silent letters, like the letter b in the word subtle
- they have double letters that you also cannot hear, for example, in the words disappoint and accommodation
- they don’t follow a pattern or spelling rule, for example, the word ancient does not follow the rule - i before e except after c
Watch this short video for tips on how to remember tricky spellings.
There are tools that you can use to improve your spelling skills. In the the table below there are four common tricky words and examples showing how tools can be used to remember their spellings.
|Tricky Word||Tool||Example in action|
|Necessary||Mnemonic - helps in remembering facts/words||One collar, two sleeves - one c two s’s|
|Rhythm||Acrostic - create a phrase from the letters that make up the word||Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move|
|Independent||Words within words - break the word down and remember the smaller words inside it||depend, dependent, dent|
|Wednesday||Sounding out parts of the word and giving them emphasis can help when trying to remember the spelling||Wed-nes-day|
Words that have the same sound, but a different spelling and meaning are called homophones. These words might lead you to use the wrong spelling in your writing. For example, many writers confuse the words your and you’re.
Lean more about homophones and homonyms in this short video.
Highlight the six correct homophone words to complete each of the sentences below.
Now complete this short quiz to check how much you've remembered.
Create your own spelling quiz show to play. You are the quiz host and can test the people you live with on spelling rules, and strategies for remembering tricky spellings.
Start by writing ten questions and answers for your players, for example:
What is a mnemonic? For an extra point see if you can spell mnemonic!
Then, see who's free to take part in your quiz show. You could even organise a virtual quiz show.
There are other spelling rules that can help you master tricky spellings.
Click on the image below to read a 'Spelling rules' chapter from Collins. Take notes on some more spelling rules and complete the four questions on the final page to check your knowledge.