Year 2

Spelling games for kids

Spelling games

Spelling games for Year 2 KS1 at primary school. Support on reading for kids with Super Brainy Beans. Primary homework help.

Year 2

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.

Words with ai sounds


Use 'ai' spell words like:

rain, pain, train


There are other words which also have the 'ai' sound but these are spelt with a 'ay'. These can be:

play, day, say


Spelling checklist - Words with ai sound
Test your spelling skills with this checklist for 'ai' sounds.

Words with the 'j' sound

The 'j' sound can either be spelt using ge or adding dge


Spelling checklist - Words with 'j' sound
Test your spelling skills with this checklist for 'j' sounds.

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?

Alphabetical adventureAlphabetical adventure

Help Molly play a tune by jumping over the keys in 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

Rhyming words

River RhymingRiver Rhyming

Help Max cross the river by choosing the rhyming word. Choose Hard or Really Hard.

Using phonics to spell

Deep Sea PhonicsDeep Sea Phonics

Help Molly open the treasure chests by choosing the sounds that make up the words.

Pirate SpellingPirate Spelling
Help Max teach his parrot new words by choosing or writing the right letters to fill in the gaps. Choose Hard or Really Hard.


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

Add an s to the end of a word.

shop > shops
book > books

Singlar or pluralSingular or plural
Sort the words into singular or plural. Match the singular with its plural and choose presents for Lucy.

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 fishing gamePlural fishing game

Can you hook your gnome the right plural? Practice the bike = bikes rule.

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

Adding 'ing' spelling checklist
Now you know the rules see if you can spell these words ending with 'ing'.

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

push + ed = pushed
open + ed = opened

I can use common graphemes in my writing eg. ai ay a-e

Phonic SandcastlesPhonic Sand castles

Choose a phoneme. A word containing a gap will appear in the sand. Listen to Colin the Clam say the complete word then click on the sand pie with the right spelling for the missing phoneme.

Spelling Patterns Mat
20 phonemes, their alternative spellings and example words for each spelling.