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Contents Introduction How to use this book How are the words chosen?

6 7

Spellings for 7-year-olds • 1000 words for 7-year-olds Now practise Spelling help Word fun

10–29 30–31 32–33 34–35

Spellings for 8-year-olds • 1000 words for 8-year-olds Now practise Spelling help Word fun

38–57 58–59 60–61 62–63

Spellings for 9-year-olds • 1000 words for 9-year-olds Now practise Spelling help Word fun

66–85 86–87 88–89 90–91

Useful information • The Oxford Children’s Corpus


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Introduction How to use this book Better Spelling 1 has been written for children aged 7–9 to help them with their spelling. It is designed to be used to practise spellings they have already come across in their reading or learned in school. The book is split into 3 sections, for 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds and 9-year-olds. For each age group, the words are arranged in groups of 5 for each day of the week from Monday to Friday. By following this simple 5-a-day method, a child can learn 1000 words in 40 weeks!


Number of weeks

Number of words

7 8 9

1-40 1-40 1-40

1000 1000 1000

At the end of each week, 5 words are repeated at the bottom of the column to reinforce the spelling rules and patterns from that week. At the end of each section, there are 3 sets of engaging word activities to help with further practice. The Now practise . . . pages include themed groups of words from the words they have learned. The Spelling help pages reinforce common spelling rules. The Word fun pages contain word activities, such as solving anagrams and riddles and remembering how to spell words using mnemonics.


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How are the words chosen? The words in this book have been chosen according to the level appropriate for each age. The word groups become progressively more difficult as the child goes from week 1 to week 40. The aim of the book is to cover the variety of words and spelling patterns that a child of each age would expect to find in books, newspapers or websites suitable for that age. Additionally, it aims to build vocabulary and help children to decode more challenging words in their reading and writing. Essential words recommended for the relevant year group in the English national curriculum are also included. Sound-based groupings help to reinforce the spelling patterns learned in the younger ages at school, linking together phonemes and graphemes that help to reinforce the different spellings. Words that children frequently misspell have been identified using the Oxford Children’s Corpus. Further information about the Oxford Children’s Corpus is provided at the end of this book. The best way to learn spelling is to learn little and often. This structured ‘5-a-day’ approach provides children with practical support for learning to spell not only through the years of primary school but for lifelong reading and communication skills.


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Week 2


off sniff ill hill if

bag bat sat shall path


tell all dress grass bus

and land pond kind behind

mess buzz back trick neck

sand wand plan mad man

bank drink thank wing song

live have give eve wave

long sing bring fill roll

legs let get mask fast

Wednesday Thursday

Week 1


Spell it again . . .


sniff • buzz • all drink • sing

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shall • wand • behind have • mask

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Age 7

beg egg in seven begin

ear hear here deer clear

the then tent went enter

cheer year tear appear tier

wet set elf cake basket

eat meet keep need meat

pen pencil sent yet forget

seen mean keys seas sees

scared • egg • enter cake • forget

here • hear • appear seas • sees

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she sea key me see

Wednesday Thursday

bed dead scared head end


Week 4 Monday

Week 3


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Week 6


feed feet speed tea leave

boat oak board oar road


free tree he field three

load toad snow row no

heel heal he’ll flee we

but cut button bottom top

peer rear near nearly beard

spoke broke hero old nose

fear ears week sweet heat

float goat glow soap goal

Wednesday Thursday

Week 5


Spell it again . . .


leave • field • he’ll nearly • week

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oar • snow • button spoke • float

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Age 7

sharp farm dark barn warm

seem treat beach creak leaf

speak been cream team leap

dream sleep beast deep teach

sheep bean each real idea

meal neat seal stream leader

scream agree weak beak deal

them some home swim come

hurt • warm • cream each • weak

seed • feast • leader some • home

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sneak clean seed feast peas

Wednesday Thursday

jump hut hurt turn trunk


Week 8 Monday

Week 7


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Week 10


tail mail raise sail again

say play bay grey obey


lain nail paid main mane

away pay clay name race

lane rain fail trail male

gaze says days they ways

grate great plane plain snake

ace age lays pays always

rat trap tap flap shape

ate plate rocket pocket ticket

Wednesday Thursday

Week 9


Spell it again . . .


again • lain • grate plain • shape

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play • obey • ace always • rocket

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Age 7

my shy eye sigh high

ice nice rice tyre tire

time tiger hide slide ride

lies ties tied July reply

it sit bite size site

riding hiding eating flying crying

mile smile shine prize mime

dying saying going being coming

buy • eye • sigh size • shine

ice • flying • coming July • tried

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tie tip lie try tried

Wednesday Thursday

fly buy by dry cry


Week 12 Monday

Week 11


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Oxford Better Spelling Ages 7-9  

Essential 5-a-day spelling support for primary school children. Progressive support for children of 7-9 years in the development of key voca...

Oxford Better Spelling Ages 7-9  

Essential 5-a-day spelling support for primary school children. Progressive support for children of 7-9 years in the development of key voca...