Higher Openshaw Community School

Together We Learn



Saunton Road, Manchester, Lancashire M11 1AJ

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Word lists will be given as homework each Monday for your child to learn throughout the week. Your child will be assessed on these spellings on Friday of the same week. 

You can access the spelling list for the full academic year here:



Activities to help you child with spelling:

  • In context

Learning spellings in context, for example: learning spellings in a given sentence, generating sentences for each word.

  • Spelling Battle

Mix up the letters of the week’s spellings – can your partner solve the conundrum?

In pairs

  • Pictionary

One partner draws one of the week’s spelling words. Partner has to guess the word and write down the correct spelling on a mini whiteboard/paper

In pairs

  • Hidden Words

Children read out one of the week’s spellings. They challenge themselves to see, how many hidden words they can find within that word in a minute.

  • Create Mnemonics

Creating memorable acronyms or visual pictures can make tricky words easier to remember. An example could be spelling “because” by remembering:

big elephants can always understand small elephants”



  • Create a Spelling Rich Environment

Display spelling words and posters around the home. You can find a whole host of posters including mnemonics on the Teaching Ideas website. http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/spelling-patterns/spelling-tips-posters


  • Use a Tablet or Desktop Computer

The following apps are used in school and recommended for practicing spellings at home:

  • Loo Cover Write Check       
  • Spellosaur