We are changing the way we teach spelling!
Recent research has shown that sending a list of words home each week does not mean that these words are actually committed to the long term memory of a child. We have found in school that, after a few weeks, children often can no longer apply these spellings to their independent writing.
Teaching and reinforcing spelling within the classroom learning is proving to be a much more efficient and effective way of embedding the spellings for the long term so from now you may find that any spellings homework may not be a list of words to learn but is more likely to take the form of an investigation or activity associated with the spelling pattern children are learning in school that week.
In Early Years and Key Stage 1, much of the focus is on phonics and this will
continue. As children move through the school they will begin to focus more
on spelling rules and patterns in lessons linked to the national curriculum. As
part of this change we have adopted 2 new schemes in school to support
children with spelling and we are sure that this new approach to spelling will
have a really positive impact on our children’s writing.
As part of the new National Curriculum children are expected to learn compulsory lists of spellings – usually ones which are used a lot or may be tricky to spell. It is expected that all children will be able to spell these words by the time they leave school in Year 6. We are teaching the Y3/4/5/6 lists through our regular spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons.
In addition there are two sets of high frequency words and common exception words which are taught in KS1. By the beginning of Year 3 all children should be able to spell the words on these lists.
All word lists for Key Stage 1 and 2 are in your child’s personal organiser, please take some time to look at them and encourage children to familiarise themselves with these words.
We hope this will give you a clear understanding of what we expect in terms of achievement in spelling throughout school but if you have any questions please speak to a member of staff.