Spelling Mnemonics: KS1 Common Exception Words & Homophones

I have found mnemonics (memory aids) to be the most effective way to teach children to spell the common exception words and homophones. The inclusion of the word to be spelled within the mnemonic means the children can easily recall it if needed at the point of spelling.

These sets are designed for Y2 children and contain a variety of types of mnemonics to suit different learning styles.

If you need mnemonics to teach the 38 tricky words listed in Phases 2-5 of Letters and Sounds, you can find them here.

Feedback from phonics leaders who have used my tricky word spelling mnemonics in school:

'Children have good recall of tricky word spellings from using the mnemonics.'

'Fun and children understand them. Stick in your head easily!'

Sign up to receive two free spelling mnemonics suitable for Y2 children – 1 is for a tricky/common exception word and 1 for a pair of homophones (words which sound the same, but are spelled differently).

For mnemonics to help children learn how to spell all the tricky word mentioned in LaS Phases 2-5, look at this page (you can also download some free samples of these).

Phase 6+ Spelling Mnemonics Bundle

This bundle contains the Phase 6+ Common Exception Word Spelling Mnemonics & Phase 6+ KS1 Homophone Spelling Mnemonics listed below at a discounted bundle price.

£26.98
Phase 6+ Common Exception Word Spelling Mnemonics

Phase6CommonExceptionWordsThis download provides a set of mnemonics to help children learn how to spell each of the 33 KS1 common exception words not mentioned in LaS. Different types of mnemonics are used:

  • Song mnemonics (mp3s provided)
  • Phrases starting with the word to be spelled and formed using words starting with each letter of the target word in order
  • Words hiding in words
  • Analogy with known words
  • Visual mnemonics in which the tricky bit is made to look like something

However, all the mnemonics contain the word to be spelled, in order for children to easily recall the correct one at the point of writing.

The download includes mnemonics for the following tricky words:

again, any, beauty, beautiful, because, busy, buy, Christmas, different, every, everybody, eye, friends, has, his, hour, improve, laugh, move, of, off, once, only, pretty, prove, many, says, sure, today, thought, through, water, who

£14.99
Phase 6+ KS1 Homophone Spelling Mnemonics

HomophonesThis download provides a set of mnemonics to help children learn how to spell 27 sets of homophones (including those listed as examples in the KS1 NC). Different types of mnemonics are used:

  • Song mnemonics (MP3s provided)
  • Phrases starting with the word to be spelled and formed using words starting with each letter of the target word in order
  • Words hiding in words
  • Visual mnemonics in which the tricky bit is made to look like something

However, all the mnemonics contain the word to be spelled, in order for children to easily recall the correct one at the point of writing.

The download includes mnemonics for the following sets of homophones::

ate & eight; bare & bear; be & bee; blew & blue; brake & break; buy & by; dear & deer; eye & I; grate & great; for & four; hear & here; hole & whole; hour & our; knew & new; know & no; knight & night; one & won; pair & pear; quiet & quite; saw & sore; sea & sea; some & sum; son & sun; stake & steak; their & there & they're; to & too & two; wear & where

£14.99