Which words use the 'ough' sound?

The letters 'ough' are pronounced differently, depending on the word they're in. Which words use which?

Which words end with -cious and -tious?

Find out how the 'shus' sound is used for descriptive words and can be spelt two ways, -cious and -tious.

What are silent letters?

Find out about words that contain silent letters, like the 'k' in knight or the 's' in island.

How to spell the 'shun' sound

The 'shun' sound at the end of a word can be spelt in different ways. Find out about words ending in -tion, -cian, -sion and -ssion

Spelling quiz

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When is the 'sh' sound spelt with 'ch'?

Find out about words like chef and machine, where the 'sh' sound is spelt with the letters 'ch'.

When is the 'i' sound spelt with a 'y'?

Find out about words where the 'i' sound is spelt with the letter 'y'.

When is the 'uh' sound spelt 'ou'?

Find out about words like country and cousin, where the 'uh' sound is spelt with the letters 'ou'.

When is the 's' sound spelt with 'sc'?

Find out about some words that have a silent letter 'c'.

Which words end with -ture and -sure?

Find out about the different spellings of the -sure and -ture sound at the end of words.

Which words end with -sion?

Find out about words that end with the 'shun' sound spelt -sion, like invasion and explosion.

What are homophones?

Homophones are groups of words which sound the same when you say them but have different spellings and meanings.

How to use to, too and two

Working out whether to use to, too or two can be tricky. Find out when to use each of these words.

How to use their, they’re and there

Find out how to use the homophones their, they’re and there

What are prefixes?

Discover how you can change the meaning of a word by adding a prefix.

What are suffixes?

Find out how to add suffixes to the end of words to change their meaning.

How to use the suffix –ly

Discover how you can add the suffix -ly to a word to change its meaning.

How to use the suffix -ation

Find out what happens when you add the suffix -ation to the end of a word.

How to use the suffix -ous

Find out what happens when you add the suffix -ous to the end of a word.

How to add suffixes to words ending in -fer

Find out how listening to the stress of the final syllable can help when adding suffixes to words.

What is a dictionary?

We can use a dictionary to find out the meaning or spelling of a word.

How to pronounce new words

Find out how to break down words into sounds that are easier to recognise.

How to understand texts

Find out what you need to do to work out what a text means.

What are facts and opinions?

What makes a fact different from an opinion and how can you tell the difference?

What is inference?

Inference is when you read between the lines and look for clues in a story.

What are fiction and non-fiction?

Find out about different types of fiction and non-fiction texts.

What's the difference between adverts and brochures?

What are the features of adverts and brochures? How can you find out the differences?

What are the types of fiction?

Find out about the different genres of fiction writing.

What is a myth?

Myths were created by early civilisations to make sense of the world around them.

Is the Banshee a myth or a legend?

Find out how the stories of the Banshee vary between different locations.

The legend of Robin Hood

Robin Hood is a legend, as some of the characters in the story are based on people who did once exist. But parts of the story have been expanded.

The Fountain of Youth

Myths are magical tales with hidden meaning, like the Fountain of Youth.

What is a rhyme scheme?

Find out how to work out the rhyme scheme of a poem.