The current curriculum has placed a huge emphasis on spellings and the importance
of children being able to spell the most commonly used words, as well understanding and correctly
applying spelling rules. For a child to reach an expected level at the end of the school year they
need to be able to recall spellings from their year group list and the spelling rules, alongside
all the spellings and rules from the previous year groups.
To ensure that we can maintain full coverage of the curriculum and the spelling requirements that
your child needs to learn, we will not (unless there is individual need) be revisiting or revising the
spellings and spelling rules from the previous year group. In order to retain these spellings or
spelling rules it is important that you revise and revisit them at home with your child on a regular
basis. You could practise 2 or 3 of them each week; this does not need to take up much time, you
could practise them when in a car, when standing in a queue etc.
We will continue to send home the current spellings and spelling rules that your children are
learning and test them on these. It is important to remember that a child has not fully learnt
spellings unless they are using them accurately in all their writing, and although some children do
well in weekly tests they often don’t transfer this when writing, so practise needs to be ongoing,
little and often.
These are the various strategies we use in school to help us learn and remember our spellings. As you can see there are a variety of strategies, many of them are very visual and children can find them more useful than the traditional look, say, cover, write method, (although if this works for your child then please do stick with it!) It is handy if a child can have a couple of strategies they are able to use, to help them with the learning and applying of their spellings.