Framework for teaching English: Years 7, 8 and 9

Appendix 3 Key Stage 3 spelling lists

General spelling list

The following list of spellings was compiled by a number of secondary schools who all identified the following words as common errors among this age group.

The list is not intended for blanket teaching, because most pupils will know how to spell most of the words, but it is recommended that early in Year 7, pupils should be helped to learn those spellings about which they still are uncertain.

accommodation

conclusion

explanation

actually

conscience

February

alcohol

conscious

fierce

although

consequence

forty

analyse/analysis

continuous

fulfil

argument

creation

furthermore

assessment

daughter

guard

atmosphere

decide/decision

happened

audible

definite

health

audience

design

height

autumn

development

imaginary

beautiful

diamond

improvise

beginning

diary

industrial

believe

disappear

interesting

beneath

disappoint

interrupt

buried

embarrass

issue

business

energy

jealous

caught

engagement

knowledge

chocolate

enquire

listening

climb

environment

lonely

column

evaluation

lovely

concentration

evidence

marriage

 

material

potential

sincerely

meanwhile

preparation

skilful

miscellaneous

prioritise

soldier

mischief

process

stomach

modern

proportion

straight

moreover

proposition

strategy

murmur

questionnaire

strength

necessary

queue

success

nervous

reaction

surely

original

receive

surprise

outrageous

reference

survey

parallel

relief

technique

participation

remember

technology

pattern

research

texture

peaceful

resources

tomorrow

people

safety

unfortunately

performance

Saturday

Wednesday

permanent

secondary

weight

persuade/persuasion

separate

weird

physical

sequence

women

possession

shoulder

 

 

Common homophones and confusions

 

advise/advice

choose/chose

quiet/quite

a lot of

cloth/clothe

sites/sights

affect/effect

conscience/conscious

source/sauce

allowed/aloud

course/coarse

thank you

bought/brought

our/are

threw/through

braking/breaking

practise/practice

to/too/two

 

Subject spelling lists

These lists of subject spellings were compiled by a number of secondary school departments. They

identified the words listed as being words that were often needed and often incorrectly spelt.

Schools may use these suggestions as the basis for local lists suitable for their own topics and

needs.

The list is not intended for blanket teaching, because all pupils will know how to spell some of the

words. However, it is recommended that pupils should be helped to learn those spellings about

which they are uncertain.

Art

 

 

abstract

easel

kiln

acrylic

exhibition

landscape

charcoal

foreground

palette

collage

frieze

pastel

collection

gallery

perspective

colour

highlight

portrait

crosshatch

illusion

sketch

dimension

impasto

spectrum

display

 

 

 

 

 

D and T

 

 

aesthetic

hygiene

presentation

brief

ingredient

production

carbohydrate

innovation

protein

component

knife/knives

recipe

design

linen

sew

diet

machine

specification

disassemble

manufacture

technology

evaluation

mineral

tension

fabric

natural

textile

fibre

nutrition

vitamin

flour

polyester

 

flowchart

portfolio

 

 

 

 

English

 

 

advertise/advertisement

figurative

preposition

alliteration

genre

resolution

apostrophe

grammar

rhyme

atmosphere

imagery

scene

chorus

metaphor

simile

clause

myth

soliloquy

cliché

narrative/narrator

subordinate

comma

onomatopoeia

suffix

comparison

pamphlet

synonym

conjunction

paragraph

tabloid

consonant

personification

vocabulary

dialogue

playwright

vowel

exclamation

plural

 

expression

prefix

 

 

 

 

Geography

 

 

abroad

function

poverty

amenity

globe

provision

atlas

habitat

region/regional

authority

infrastructure

rural

climate

international

settlement

contour

landscape

situation

country

latitude

tourist/tourism

county

location

transport/transportation

desert

longitude

urban

employment

nation/national

wealth

erosion

physical

weather

estuary

pollution

 

 

 

 

History

 

 

agriculture/agricultural

defence

politics/political

bias

disease

priest

castle

document

propaganda

cathedral

dynasty

Protestant

Catholic

economy/economic(al)

rebel/rebellion

chronology/chronological

emigration

reign

citizen

government

religious

civilisation

immigrant

republic

colony/colonisation

imperial/imperialism

revolt/revolution

conflict

independence

siege

constitution/constitutional

invasion

source

contradict/contradiction

motive

trade

current

parliament

traitor

 

 

 

ICT

 

 

binary

hardware

network

byte

icon

output

cable

input

password

cartridge

interactive

preview

CD-ROM

interface

processor

computer

Internet

program

connect/connection

justify

scanner

cursor

keyboard

sensor

data/database

megabyte

server

delete

memory

software

disk

modem

spreadsheet

document

module

virus

electronic

monitor

 

graphic

multimedia

 

 

 

 

Library

 

 

alphabet/alphabetical

encyclopaedia

novel

anthology

extract

photocopy

article

fantasy

publisher

author

genre

relevant/relevance

catalogue

glossary

romance

classification

index

section

content

irrelevant/irrelevance

series

copyright

librarian

system

dictionary

magazine

thesaurus

editor

non-fiction

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

 

addition

estimate

positive

adjacent

equation

quadrilateral

alternate

fraction

questionnaire

angle

graph

radius

amount

guess

ratio

approximately

horizontal

recurring

average

isosceles

reflect/reflection

axis/axes

kilogram

regular/irregular

calculate

kilometre

rhombus

centimetre

litre

rotate/rotation

circumference

measure

square

corresponding

metre

subtraction

co-ordinate

minus

symmetry/symmetrical

decimal

multiply/multiplication

triangle/triangular

degree

parallel/parallelogram

tonne

denominator

negative

vertex/vertices

diameter

numerator

vertical

digit

percentage

volume

divide/division

perimeter

weight

equilateral

perpendicular

 

 

 

 

Music

 

 

choir

minim

score

chord

minor

semibreve

chromatic

musician

synchronise

composition/conductor

octave

syncopation

crotchet

orchestra/orchestral

tempo

dynamics

ostinato

ternary

harmony

percussion

timbre

instrument/instrumental

pitch

triad

interval

quaver

vocal

lyric

rhythm

 

major

scale

 

 

 

 

PE

 

 

active/activity

injury

qualify

agile/agility

league

relay

athletic/athlete

medicine

squad

bicep

mobile/mobility

tactic

exercise

muscle

tournament

field

personal

triceps

gym/gymnastic

pitch

 

hamstring

quadriceps

 

 

 

 

PSHE

 

 

able/ability

effort

reality

achieve/achievement

emotion/emotional

relationship

addict/addiction

encourage/encouragement

represent/representative

approve/approval

gender

reward

communication

generous/generosity

sanction

control

involve/involvement

sexism/sexist

dependant/dependency

prefer/preference

stereotype

discipline

pressure

 

discussion

racism/racist

 
     

RE

   

baptism

Hindu/Hinduism

prophet

Bible/biblical

hymn

religious/religion

Buddhist/Buddhism

immoral/immorality

shrine

burial

Islam

sign

celebrate/celebration

Israel

Sikh/Sikhism

ceremony

Judaism/Jewish

special

Christian

marriage

spirit/spiritual

commandment

miracle

symbol

commitment

moral/morality

synagogue

creation

Muslim

temple

disciple

parable

wedding

faith

pilgrim/pilgrimage

worship

festival

pray/prayer

 

funeral

prejudice

 
     

Science

   

absorb

exchange

organism

acid

freeze

oxygen

alkaline

frequency

particles

amphibian

friction

predator

apparatus

function

pressure

chemical

growth

reproduce

circulate/circulation

hazard

respire/respiration

combustion

insect

solution

condensation

laboratory

temperature

cycle

liquid

thermometer

digest/digestion

mammal

vertebrate

element

method

vessel

evaporation

nutrient