58 Tricky Words to Spell

58 Tricky Words – words that a tricky to spell for all ages primary and secondary school.

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58 Words that can be tricky to spell

These are fairly advanced – but DON’T BE AFRAID to use them with littlies – as long as there is no pressure to ‘get it right’  – they looooove the challenge and playing with these words – these words will certainly come up in their writing.

Encourage children to use these in their writing and / or go to this list if one of these words comes up in their writing proofs.

  • Print smaller or leave large for classroom display and writing reference…..

Tricky Words List

aisle, angle, anxious, autumn, ballet, because, believe, biscuit, buoy, canoe, ceiling, centre/center(US), chaos, character, chorus, colour/color, column, dairy, diary, dying, eighth, enough, envelope, favourite/favorite, February, height, honour/honor, island, jealous, juice, knowledge, laughter, library, medicine, mosquito, motor, neighbour/neighbor, parallel, patience, piece, queue, receive, recipe, restaurant, sauce, science, seize, separate, sign, theatre/theater, their, tongue, twelfth, umbrella, unique, vicious, weight, yacht

Plus spare blank cards to write your own words…


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How to use this teaching resource

  • Brainstorm and list more tricky words as a class – make this list ongoing and visible by all.
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