The spelling words to learn this term are the essential lists. We are testing these at school so you know which lists to work on at home.

Essential Lists

The 290 words in these lists are used most often when children write. Together they make up about three-quarters of most writing, so they are important. The words have been arranged in alphabetical order and put into seven lists according to how often they are used. Click on the links to view each list:
Essential List 1 - 10 words; 25% of writing
Essential List 2 - 20 words; 15% of writing
Essential List 3 - 30 words; 10% of writing
Essential List 4 - 50 words; 10% of writing
Essential List 5 - 50 words; 5% of writing
Essential List 6 - 70 words; 5% of writing
Essential List 7 - 60 words; 3% of writing

Commonly Misspelt Words

The 55 words in this list are among the most difficult to spell correctly. As they are often used in writing, it is important that each is learnt correctly. Click on the link to view the list.

Topic Words - Term Two

The words in this list are mostly geographic terms relating to volcanoes and earthquakes.

Learning How to Spell a Word
Click on the link to view the pdf document to see how to learn a spelling word.

Try using the Spelling Machine to practise your words. You will need to enter the words each time.


The SpellBinder website helps kiwi kids learn commonly misspelt words. Select the words you have trouble with, learn them and then put them in a story.

Play this spelling game to learn about prefixes and suffixes...



Spelling City - another site where you can practise your words - the games are worth checking out as they help you learn your words.