Many thanks to Miss Sainsbury for this week’s Literacy Focus.



Literacy Focus: ie or ei?

When the sound rhymes with ‘bee’ it’s
i before e except after c

believe     ceiling
achieve     receive/receipt
mischief  conceit/conceive


…if the sound rhymes with ‘bay’ or ‘bye’,
it’s e before i:
‘bay’ ‘bye’
neighbour height
weigh feisty
eight seismic


keep the order of the root word if…

… ‘ei’/’ie’ create separate sounds:

reinvent  being seeing weird

… ‘ei’/’ie’ are caused by adding a prefix/suffix:

fancied policies species cried

… ‘ei’/’ie’ are borrowed from Latin:

science society leisure onomatopoeia


Some links to more reading and exercises:





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