Spelling – silent or unstressed letters


Both year five classes will be concentrating on the spelling of words with silent or unstressed letters for the next few weeks.

Examples of unstressed letters are:

‘k’ (knife) ‘gh’ (ghost) ‘t’ (listen) ‘w’ (wreckage) ‘e’ general ‘b’ (numb)

Unstressed letters can be vowels or consonants and can appear at the beginning, middle or end of a word. There are few specific rules relating to unstressed letters although letters tend to appear in the same position. For instance, an unstressed ‘b’ normally appears at the end of a word.

Spellzone is a useful website to use for a list of relevant words – just type in ‘silent k spellzone’ into google.

Mr Faithfull and Mrs Harvey