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Hello, my name is Ms Morgan, and I'm a Oak teacher.

Today, we're going to be practising and applying our knowledge of suffixes, specifically plurals.

And we'll be having a spelling test at the end of it practising those 10 spelling words that I sent to you last lesson.

I hope you're well and you're ready to learn.

I wanted to tell you a bit about myself to do with spelling.

When I was in junior school, primary school for you, I found spelling quite hard.

It just didn't come naturally to me.

I didn't remember things.

And then, as I got older, I started to really enjoy learning about words, specifically thinking about words being a bit like building blocks, building up to make a wall, and that really started to help me think about how words can be related and how words can have patterns, and if you know how one word is spelled, and you can relate it to the next word.

Hopefully you enjoy spending as much as I do, let's go.

In this lesson, we're going to revise those spelling rules for plurals first of all.

Then we are going to practise and apply those rules to spelling some words.

Then I'm going to teach you how to practise spelling.

I'm going to teach you a new strategy.

And then finally, we're going to have our spelling test at the end of the lesson.

So as per usual, it's these three things that I want you to make sure you've got.

Pause if you need to go and get them.

An exercise book or some paper, something to write in, a pencil, and your brain.

Make sure you've got that switched on and ready to learn.

Let's go.

Our key vocabulary for the day is very similar to last lesson's, and I wonder if you can remember what some of these words mean.

My turn, your turn, suffix.




Can you remember any of the meanings? So a suffix is a group of letters at the end of a word that changes its meaning.

So for example, we're learning how to add the suffix S, which change the word from a singular to a plural noun.

A noun is a person, place or thing.

Singular is one thing, one finger.

Plural is more than one thing, lots of fingers.

So do you remember what a plural is? Here is one dragon? What would the plural of dragon be? Dragons, that's right.

What if we added, what suffix have we added to the end of the noun to make it plural? That's s, can you hear it in dragons? S, that's right.

So another guy.

Yeah, it's an apple.

What is the plural of apple? Apples, well done.

You can hear that apples, that s at the end of apples.

We've added a suffix.

We fixed the suffix to the end of the noun to make it plural.

So let's think about those rules that we learned last lesson.

We had the three rules that we looked at.

The first one was just adding S to make a plural just like we saw in the example with dragons or the apples.

The next rule was when we had words that ended in a y.

For example, party.

And we changed the y into an i and then we fixed an es to the end.

And the third rule, we also just added S but you have to be careful there because if a word ended in Y but had a vowel before it then you knew that you just had to add S.

Let's try and practise these.

Make sure you've got your pencil or you can say this word aloud.

The word is towel.

How can we turn towel into a plural? We have more than one towel.

It would be, towels, that's right.

You can see here we're just adding an s.

What about the word party? What's the plural of party? Parties, well done.

I can still hear the S but I can see something here.

Oh, I can see it's got a y on the end.

And we change the y into an i, and we add es.

Well here is the word trolley, and this could be a trolley that you push in the supermarket with all your shopping in.

I can see that trolley has a y on the end.

Hmm, I wonder which spelling it will be.

Ah, it's got a vowel before it, so I'm actually just going to add ys to the end.

Now you have a go, write down the word, lorry and spider.

Turn them into plurals.

Don't forget to use the rules to help you.

So I've written two examples.

Lorrys and lorries.

I can see it's got a y on the end of lorry but it hasn't got a vowel before.

So I know that I'm going to change the y into an i and add es.

So number two is the correct example.

Here's the word spider.

The plural of spider is spiders.

Here I've just added an S because the other rules don't work.

Now you can have a chance to revise your spelling words that we learned last lesson.

Here are the spellings from the last lesson.

Do you remember them? We're going to revise them by practising a new spelling strategy.

You have to practise spellings.

Otherwise you sometimes forget them.

I know I do.

So here are some of the strategies that I like to use to practise my spelling.

You may have your own strategies that you like to use as well.

Today, we are learning that best bet spelling strategy.

Here, I'm going to try and write the word baby and make into babies.

I'm not sure which spelling rule to use here.

So I'm going to try both of them.

The first one is I added s and the second one I've changed the y into an i and added es.

I'm still not sure.

So I'm going to look at them and see which one have I recognised in a bet before? Which one looks like it could be right? For me number two, looks like it could be right.

It's the one I've seen the most.

And that's right.

And that's my best bet spelling strategy.

Let's try this best bet strategy with the word delay which I'm going to turn into the plural delays.


And I'm not quite sure which rule to use when I'm spelling this.

So I'm going to try both of them.

First of all, I've added an s to delays.

And in the second version, I've changed the y to an i and I did an es.

Now remember with the best strategy you're looking to see which one looks like it would be the correct spelling.

Can you point to the one? Yes, I'm not sure if that's the one you got but I thought that delays number one is the right spelling because it looks right.

And that's my best bet strategy.

Now you're going to have to go and practise four if you're spelling words.

You can use the best bet strategy if you like, or you can use another strategy that you like using such as look, cover, write, check or another strategy that maybe I haven't even written down.

Pause the video and have a go at practising spelling now.

The next part of the lesson is the spelling test.

You can do this now while you can carry on practising and come back and do it a bit later, perhaps even tomorrow if you want to do more practise with some of the techniques we've been practising.

On a piece of paper, write down the numbers one to 10 in a list like I've shown you on the screen now.

Pause the video and do this now.

I'm going to read the spellings out one by one.

I'll say each spelling twice, and I'll put it in a sentence so you make sure you understand the meaning.

If you want to, you can pause the video to give yourself a little bit more time.

Remember, if you're not sure on how to do it, that's okay, that's absolutely fine.

One of the strategies I like to use is writing down what I think it could be.

Sometimes I even have up to three alternatives.

So I suggest that's a good one for you to try.

Spelling number one, spiders, spiders.

The spiders were huge.

Number two, fangs, fangs.

The spider's fangs were venomous.

Number three, predators, predators.

Spiders can be predators.

Four, houses, houses.

The houses were all different shapes and sizes.

Five, cities, cities.

He lived in many cities when he was young.

Number six, families, families.

The families got together to celebrate.

Seven, stories, stories.

The children love to hear their stories read out loud.

Eight, trays, trays.

The children's trays were overflowing with their work.

Nine, boys, boys.

The boys decided to play a game.

10, monkeys, monkeys.

The monkeys went inside when they heard the wild noises.

Well done.

Pause if you want a little bit more time to have a look through.

Otherwise we're going to move on and go through the spellings one by one.

The first spelling was spiders, spiders.

Look at the word, check to see if you've got it correct.

If you have give yourself a tick, if you haven't, change it to the correct spelling.

We just have an s on the end of spiders.

So it's our usual rule.

Number two, fangs, fangs.


Again, tick if correct, change if not.

Could any of you use the best bet spelling? Number three, predators, predators.


Tick correct, change if not.

Number four, houses, houses H-O-U-S-E-S.

And those four spellings all just had which is our usual rule for adding a suffix to make it a plural.

Number five, cities, cities.

You can see here that although it's got a s sound, actually we write it with a C, C-I-T-I-E-S.

And here we've changed the spelling, we changed the y to an i and added es.

Did you spot that? Do more if you didn't.

Just write it down and make sure you've got the correct way written down.

Number six, families.


So this is another one where we had to change the y to an i and add es.

Number seven, stories, stories.


Tick if correct, change if not.

Number eight, trays, trays.


Number nine, boys, B-O-Y S and number 10, monkeys.

Monkeys got a funny spelling 'cause it's actually spelled a little bit like monkeys and I like to split it up to help myself remember that.


Did anyone else spot a few other words in monkeys? I can spot the word on and key.

It's a great spelling strategy to use.

Well done everybody.

You've worked really hard.

If you've got some wrong, that's absolutely fine.

Just write them down and make sure you give yourself some time to practise.

Remember, listen, learn often is best.

For today we've revised some rules, we've practised and applied the rules.

I've taught you a new spelling strategy to use and you've had your spelling test.

Well done, you worked really hard.

Keep practising and I look forward to seeing you next time, bye.