3 Word Lists for July

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  1. Words ending in 'ary'

    This month's spelling pattern is words ending in 'ary'. In these words, the weak vowel sound before a 'y' is spelled with the letters 'ar'. Practise this spelling pattern in Unit 25.
  2. Portmanteau Words

    July 2 marks Alice’s Day: a festival of all things Alice in Wonderland. To celebrate, we’ve chosen portmanteau words as our second vocabulary list of the month.

    A portmanteau word is made up of two or more existing words that have been blended together. The term was coined by Lewis Carrol in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.

    A portmanteau was a type of suitcase which had two compartments, and so Carroll used it as a metaphor for a term that had two separate words packed into it. In the novel, the character Humpty Dumpty explains to Alice: “You see it’s like a portmanteau – there are two meanings packed up into one word.” Learn more words coined by Lewis Carrol.
  3. Summer Holiday Spelling Words

    Countdown to the summer holidays! How many of these summer holiday words can you spell? Don't forget to try our Summer Spelling game. 

01 Jul 2022
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One of the students has put in a huge amount of effort in completing Spellzone at least 3 times a week since his arrival with us in January. Looking at his scores after the latest GL testing, his standardised score has risen from 99 to 131. This is a truly phenomenal result. I just wanted to share the best result I have ever seen.

Terrie Penrose-Toms, Casterton College