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Spelling Year 2

Spelling Year 2 KS1. Support on spelling for kids with Super Brainy Beans. Primary homework help with worksheet downloads and online games.

Pick a level

Try the spellings for your level. If you find they are too difficult, try the spellings for the year below. It's ok to work lower than the year you are on and fill the gaps in what you know rather than struggling at your level without understanding the basics.

Spell all 200 common words

Throughout Year 2 children are expected to learn how to spell the first 200 words which are commonly used in reading and writing.

Top TipSome of these do not follow the normal phonic rules and are known as 'tricky' words. Here there is no trick to learning to spell these words they just have to know.

First 200 Words Check List
Print off this check list of the first 200 words your child should learn to spell.

Learning spellings

Spelling Test book note pad
Print off the sheets to make the notepads for the Spelling Test book

Slient letters k & g

Some words have silent letters.

Words with silent k or g always have n flowing the silent letter.

know knock gnomes gnat

Words with silent letters spelling sheet
10 words to learn with slient 'k' and 'g'
Walk the plank gameWalk the plank game
Answer 10 questions on the slient k. Guess the right work to get the pirate to walk the plank.

Slient letters w

Silent w comes before r.

write wrong wrist wriggle

Words with silent letters spelling sheet
10 words to learn with slient 'w'
Football gameFootball shootout game
Answer questions correctly on the slient w then take a shot at the goal.

Words with j sound

Words with the j sound are spelt by added ge or dge.

bridge badge huge age

Words with j sound spelling sheet
10 words to learn with the j sound.
Spell Zone gamesSpellzone games
Play games with words that end in dge.

Common words

To build on your spelling knowledge we have a list of 80 common words that you should learn to spell. Download our spelling sheets below for more spelling tests.

Year 2 common words
80 common words to spell including the months, time and question words.

Alphabetical order

Phonics are the sounds letters make when you read them. Letters also have names. The order we say the letters is called the alphabet. Learning the alphabet helps you put words in alphabetical order.

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Roy's alphabetical order gameRoy's alphabetical order game

Little Mo has found a word plant. Can you help her put the words into alphabetical order?

Vowels & Consonants

There are five vowels in the alphabet.

a e i o u

All the rest of the letters of the alphabet are called consonants.

b c d f g h j k l m n p q s t v w x y z


A plural means that there is more than one of something.

Words ending in ch, sh, x or s

If a word already ends with ch, sh, x or s add es to make it plural.

church > churches
 ash > ash
fox > foxes
class > classes

Words ending in f or fe

If a word ends in f or fe change those letters to ves.

loaf > loaves
knife > knives

If a word ends in ff you only add a s on, none of the other letters change.

cuff > cuffs
puff > puffs

Words ending in y

If a word ends in y there are two way to spell it as a plural.

If the letter before the y is a vowel (a, e, i, o, u), just add s.

monkey > monkeys
holiday > holidays

If the letter before the y is a consonant (any other letter), change the y into ies.

puppy > puppies
country > counties


"Change the y into i
and add es."

Words ending with o

Words that end with an o either add s or es.

piano > pianos
potato > potatoes
tomato > tomatoes

Words that don't change

Some words don't change if there is more than one.

1 fish > 2 fish
1 sheep > 2 sheep

Words that change completely

Some words become other words when they are plural.

man > men
tooth > teeth
mouse > mice

Plural Rules
Print and remember the plural rules.
Spelling plurals
Write the correct spellings for the words listed to make the plural using the rules you have learnt.

Adding 'ing', 'ed', 'er', 'est', 'y'

Words ending with y

If the word ends with y, change the y into i and add the ending.

NoteDon't add the i if you are adding ing or you will get ii in the middle of the word.

copy + i + ing = copying
cry + i + ed = cried
happy + i + er = happier
happy + i + est = happiest

Words ending with e

If the word ends with e, remove the e and add the ending.

ache + ing = aching
hike + ed = hiked
bike + er = biker
nice + est = nicest
shine + y = shiny

NoteThis rule doesn't work for the word being.


Words that end with a vowel and then a consonant

Adding 'ing' changes the word into something that is happening now.

rain + ing = raining

Adding 'ed' changes the word into something that has happened.

rain + ed = rained

Adding 'ed' changes the word into something that has happened.

rain + ed = rained

The rules:

If the word ends with e, take off the e and add ing

come + ing = coming
make + ing = making

If the word ends with y just add ing

cry + ing = crying
fly + ing = flying

If the word ends with a vowel + consonant, double the last letter.

shop + p + ing = shopping
run + n + ing = running

If a word ends with w or x don't double the last letter.

draw + ing = drawing
mix + ing = mixing

Add ed to a word to show that it has happened in the past.

push + ed = pushed
open + ed = opened

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