Spelling at Mayflower

INTRODUCTION

Learning to spell is an important skill that children will use throughout their lives. Spelling helps children with their reading as well as their writing. It cements the connection that is shared between sounds and letters. Learning high frequency words has been shown to help children with both reading and writing. (link to high frequency word list COMING SOON)

The new National Curriculum requires children to learn: spelling patterns; common exception words (words that don’t follow any particular pattern); homophones (words that sound the same but are spelt differently e.g. where and wear) and investigate the origins of words. In addition, the National Curriculum includes lists of words that children must be able to spell. (Link to National Curriculum pages COMING SOON)

At Mayflower Community Academy, we aim to ensure that all children are given opportunities to develop the skills and strategies needed to become confident spellers.

HOW DO WE TEACH SPELLING AT MAYFLOWER?
We have created a comprehensive spelling scheme that ensures children’s spelling progresses in line with national expectations. Every year, children will be given the opportunity to revise key learning and develop new skills. Spelling is specifically taught in Phonics and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) lessons. Learning is then reinforced in all writing and marking. Weekly spelling lists have been created to cover every aspect of the requirements for each year group and form the basis for teacher planning. The following link contains a zip of all our lists from years 1 to 6

zip link

Key Stage 1
Encourage the children to have a go!
• Daily phonics lesson
• Focused spellings each week
• Weekly spelling tests
• Weekly focus on groups of high frequency and ‘tricky’ words
• Zero tolerance of focused spellings

Key Stage 2
• Phonics lessons for children in Y3 and Y4
• Phonics interventions in Y5
• Targeted spelling sessions which are fun and interactive and cater for different learning styles
• Weekly spelling test
• Optional spelling homework
ARROW intervention programme
• Using opportunities to reinforce spelling patterns
• Zero tolerance of weekly focused spellings

HOW IS SPELLING ASSESSED AT MAYFLOWER?
All children in Years 1 to 6 have weekly spelling tests and a progress test in spelling at the end of each half-term. The main focus for children in Foundation is to develop a good understanding of phonics.

HOW CAN PARENTS AND CARERS HELP?
Teachers at Mayflower Community Academy will plan lessons and activities that provide regular opportunities to practice spelling. However, research shows that support for spelling at home can have a significant impact on a child’s progress. Follow the links to find practical ideas to help your child to learn their target spellings.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/spellits/index.shtml

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/literacy.html

http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/spelling_games.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

http://www.compare4kids.co.uk/spag.php

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/phonics/index.shtml

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk

http://www.ictgames.com

MY CHILD TRIES REALLY HARD TO LEARN SPELLINGS BUT DOES BADLY IN TESTS. WHY DOESN’T SHE MAKE ANY PROGRESS?
Some children find it difficult to make connections between letters and their sounds. This is nothing to do with intelligence or understanding but is often the result of a specific learning difficulty. At Mayflower, we are committed to making sure that those children that find spelling particularly challenging are supported through Individual Education Plans (IEPs), additional phonics support, spelling intervention groups and the ARROW programme.

If you have any concerns about your child’s progress with spelling, please talk to their class teacher.