Spellings set for each year group as set out in the National Curriculum 2014
- Spellings are organised into half termly lists, ensuring that coverage is achieved by the end of each academic year.
- Children are provided with spellings to practise each week from their year group lists.
- Children working significantly below ARE can be provided with spellings from a different year group more in-line with their ability and learning needs.
- At least 85% of each cohort should be using spellings from the appropriate year group; upto 15% can have spellings from a lower year group if this is more suited to their individual needs.
- Spellings from a higher year group should not be provided to children exceeding expectations; the activities for spellings should instead be ‘deepened’ to develop their thinking and understanding around spelling patterns.
Approach and Delivery:
- Teaching time should be set aside for the discrete teaching of spellings. From Spring 2017 this will be delivered using the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ approach from Babcock Education.
- Within teaching, links should be made between spelling patterns including teaching of rules and ‘exceptions’.
- Can be tied into handwriting – Early morning task for children to complete when they come in to register, followed by a related discussion/investigation about the rule and meaning.
Ideas and activities for teaching spellings and spellings homework:
- Look, cover, write, check
- Spelling games (in Key stage resource packs)
- Dictation passages – promotes spelling at speed
- Rainbow spellings
- Spelling investigations
- Word hunts (with set spelling patterns followed by discussion)
See attached appendix of activities for more ideas.
- Weekly spelling tests every Friday
- Results recorded and used for assessment
- Spelling tests can be handwritten or using an APP – My Spelling Test
- Half Termly Spelling Tests completed to monitor progression (Rising Stars)