School Spelling Dictionary by Christine Maxwell, Julia Rowlandson

School Spelling Dictionary

Written by Christine Maxwell, Julia Rowlandson

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Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 8+ Based on a phonic approach to finding spellings, this schools edition of the best-selling Dictionary of Perfect Spelling gives a fresh way of finding words for those who find matching letters and sounds hard. Users can find words by applying a phonic attack which will lead them to the correct spelling and to irregular plurals, word endings and any word derivatives. For all those who struggle with a regular dictionary, this is an invaluable approach that will unlock ways of improving all written work.


School Spelling Dictionary by Christine Maxwell, Julia Rowlandson

A fresh new edition of this highly acclaimed and strong selling dictionary. It's been designed for use from Key Stages 1 to 3, the School Spelling Dictionary is ideal for improving spelling and writing.

- there's an alphabet across the top of the page to aid searching

- there are additional hints from Spelling Bee to help find words

- there are short descriptors for homphones and other easily confused words

- there is support with verbal inflections and comparative and superlative adjectives

- there's and introduction with tips for learning spellings

New 2012 edition of this acclaimed international bestselling Dictionary of Perfect Spelling. This book allows students to use phonic attack to find both regular and irregular spellings. Students can look up a word as it sounds - if they are correct, they will find it in black, if they are wrong they will find it in red, with the correct spelling in black alongside.

For example, here are words the user might go to and then discover the correct spelling next to it:

'abel' and next to it will be 'able'

'abserd' absurd

'acept' accept

'acheive' achieve

'acownt' account

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This book is brilliant for my son who has dyslexia. He can look up words the way he 'thinks they are spelt, and the correct spelling clearly appears next to them. Helps also to boost his confidence. - Parent, Amazon Review

'A useful addition to any key stage 2 or 3 classroom' - Writeaway

'The Barrington Stoke school dictionary allows children with specific spelling difficulties to use a dictionary just like anybody else... The children I have introduced this dictionary to like it very much, and find it easy to use.' - Teacher It's brilliant! And for all those who struggle to spell it really is a fantastic help! ... This dictionary is so easy to navigate and a big help for reluctant spellers of all ages. - Family Magazine

About the Author

Christine Maxwell worked as a teacher in Oxford in the 70s. It was while teaching that she came up with the idea to write a dictionary that her own students could use even if they did not know how to spell. She wrote The Dictionary of Perfect Spelling in 1977 and it became an international bestseller. In 2005 she wrote the hugely successful revised edition for Barrington Stoke. She lives in France.

Julia Rowlandson trained as a Primary school teacher and now works as an Educational Consultant. She was the Editor of the revised edition of the Dictionary. She was formerly Deputy Head of More House School and has vast experience in teaching those with specific learning difficulties. She lives in Surrey.

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256 pages


Christine Maxwell, Julia Rowlandson
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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th August 2012




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