This year we have developed and improved our spelling programme to ensure it is consistent and progressive throughout the school. From Year 1 to 6, children are taught spelling strategies and high frequency words in a dedicated half hour session every week. Spellings are not tested each week but instead, at the end of each half term we test the children on all of the different strategies they have learnt to see if they have embedded them. A copy of this test will be sent home so that you can see which strategies they still need to work on.
We have also introduced a spelling challenge sheet which details examples of the words or spelling patterns which will be taught each week for the coming half term. The spelling challenge sheet will have 3 differentiated levels – bronze, silver and gold, for the children to challenge themselves to learn the spelling patterns. Examples of strategies to try using to learn the spelling patterns can be found on the reverse of the challenge sheet. We would encourage you to help your child practise the spelling strategies they are taught each week.