Learning how to spell is a useful lifelong skill. Correct spelling makes a child’s work easier to read and understand, and children themselves take pride in spelling words accurately. At St Anselm's, we are committed to ensuring that children leave our school confident in their ability to spell.
We use the Read, Write Inc. Spelling programme to teach spelling to children in Year 2 to Year 6. The scheme teaches children a method for working out how to spell any words which have regular patterns. There is also a focus on irregular spelling patterns which need to be memorised.
The spelling programme runs in sessions of approximately 15 – 30 minutes which take place at least 3 times per week and comprise of teacher-led activities, paired work and independent activities.
All units follow the same format of fun activities, together with tips explaining when each spelling pattern is likely to be used.
Alongside this there is a Spelling Log where children can record the words they find difficult to spell.
Each week, children are given lists of spellings which follow the rule/ pattern being studied to learn for a test. Assessment throughout a unit is ongoing and children will be logging spellings that they find difficult. Formal assessment of spelling takes place every 6 weeks.
Parents can help support their children by practising the words in their child’s spelling log each night at home and by revisiting words learnt in previous weeks.