At our school we put a real emphasis on developing children’s spelling from EYFS through their reading. Children are taught sound recognition and blending through the Read Write Inc programme which supports early spelling.
As children progress through the school, they learn spellings each week which they are tested on and their scores are sent home to parents. You can find the spelling lists we use for each year group below.
As a school we have purchased a subscription to a website called ‘Spelling Shed’. The children have their own log in (it is the same username and password they use in school) and they will have their weekly spellings set by their teachers as games. This will allow them to play various games to support them in learning these spellings in preparation for their weekly spelling test. There are also ‘other’ year group lists they can learn, which will support their general spelling.
Some children will be given differentiated spelling lists, if they are not ready for the spelling lists for their year group. Don’t worry though as we will always ensure these are challenging but achievable.
All children from Year 1 – 6 are provided with one of these spelling books which includes a copy of their spellings for the week. This also provides space for them to rehearse their spellings using the method of Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check.
Some of the resources below may be useful in supporting your child at home.
At our school we celebrate achievement and effort in spelling each term with a class spelling star. We have a display in school to celebrate this and children who are selected each term will also bring home a certificate to celebrate their success. Lots of rehearsal at home is the key.