My simple spelling test and what it means

Should my child be following the statutory KS2 spelling lists?  Give your child this spelling test and find out:

Set One: miss, think, rabbit, catch, have, jumped, quickest, rain, way, enjoy, made, these, time, hope, use, park, week, each, head, term, first, turn, soon, good, road, mouth, down, grow, true, few, pie, field, right, morning, before, saw, August, chair, year, pear, care, very, elephant, which, skin, undo, football. 

These are words containing the spelling patterns taught in Year One under the new national curriculum. 

Set two: edge, huge, city, know, wrong, little, squirrel, hospital, pencil, try, tries, babies, cried, crying, nicer, walk, brother, key, watch, world, warm, usual, happiness,  happily, can’t, couldn’t, national, there/their/they’re. 

These are words containing the spelling patterns taught in Year Two under the new national curriculum.

Here is a link to the new curriculum spelling appendix. It will hopefully help you diagnose which rules and patterns your child has missed. If you would like any help with analysing these, feel free to bring the spellings along to a support group meeting or send me an e-mail

If your child has absorbed the spelling patterns covered in the infants then it is worth them carrying on with this program.  If not, perhaps they should have targeted spellings, rather than the statutory KS2 ones.  

Schools say there’s nothing they can do, these spellings are statutory – is that true?

Well, yes and no, according to a legal adviser friend.  Apparently, these very hard spellings are no longer statutory if three criteria are met:

  • your child is working well below the National Curriculum level for spelling,
  • your child is on the SEN list
  • your child has targeted spellings as one of his/her targets.

If this case the school will be able to argue to Ofsted (if needed) that s/he has spellings which are more appropriate.