Below is a copy of the letter sent to parents on 9th November regarding changes to the way in which spellings are going to be taught across KS2.
We are constantly reviewing and trying to improve our school curriculum and one area in which we are currently developing is our provision around the teaching of spelling across KS2 (Years 3-6). This half-term we are beginning a new spelling programme across the Key Stage, which has a structured and progressive approach to the teaching of spelling rules and patterns. This should equip children to be far more versatile spellers than if they were to just receive a ‘weekly list’ which is tested in a traditional test format.
This means that children will have either 2 or 3 taught spelling lessons (of approximately 10 minutes) each week, which will give them the opportunity to learn, practice, apply and then be assessed in each rule/pattern. An outline of the programme for each year group will very shortly be available on the school website, so that you can keep up-to-date with the rules that your child is learning.
In addition to this, the National Curriculum contains lists of statutory words that children should learn to spell for Years 3/4 and Years 5/6. It is a legal requirement that as a school we give children the opportunity to learn these. Many of these words, however, are exception words, which don’t follow regular patterns and rules. We have therefore decided to divide these words into groups of 5, which will be introduced to the children each week. Year 3 and 4 will be looking at the same 5 words each week from the Y3/4 word list, and Years 5 and 6 will be looking at the same 5 words each week from the Y5/6 word list. These words will be on display in the classroom, printed on the weekly newsletter and are also available for you to see, download and use at home, via the school website (Statutory Information/Curriculum/Spelling).
The children will be introduced to these words on a Friday and will be assessed the following Friday, where they will be asked to write these words within a sentence dictated to them by their teacher. You can therefore support your child in learning these by testing them, asking them to write them into sentences and also looking over words from previous weeks.
Over the coming weeks, we will be sending further support materials to you and information around our spelling programme.
Mrs Quinn & Mr Cooke
Below you will find the weekly spelling lists for Years 3-6
Progression of rules and patterns from Year 2-6