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Spelling at Stanbridge

Teaching Spelling at Stanbridge


With much of the writing assessment criteria focusing on spelling, it’s important to ensure that we create dedicated time to teach new rules within our English lessons. At the start of each new writing unit, a whole lesson is dedicated to exploring and learning a new rule or spelling pattern. In addition to this, to begin every writing lesson, pupils have the opportunity to recap a spelling pattern they have previously learnt. This helps to strengthen and reinforce spellings already taught.


Spelling and word knowledge are key components in the process of learning to read and write. Therefore, at Stanbridge we also start our day with a short ‘word of the week’ activity. Within these sessions children look at high level vocabulary and common exception words for their year group. They explore the morphology of words: looking at synonyms, antonyms and building on root words with prefixes and suffixes. Children also have the opportunity to explore the etymology of words: where does the word originate from? How has it changed over time? These short and engaging sessions aim to expose children to rich vocabulary and increase their passion and curiosity towards word knowledge.

Year 3 / 4 Common Exception Word List

Year 5 / 6 Common Exception Word List

Learning spellings at home

There are many ways you can help to support your child learning spellings at home:

  1. Rainbow words: Spell words using different coloured pencils or pens for each letter. Or go over the word several times with different colours.
  2. Pavement chalk: Get outdoors and write your spelling words using chalk.
  3. Flower words: Draw a flower for each word, 1 petal for each letter in the word.
  4. Rap: This is so much fun and a great way to - S to the P to the E to the Double L, spells SPELL! Let them have fun with it and get creative. We always end up in fits of giggles and it really doesn't feel like homework.
  5. Partner Spell - take turns adding a letter to spell each word. For example, for the word FUN - child starts by saying the letter F, parents adds letter U and child then completes word by adding the letter N. 
  6. Unscramble - use magnet letters or letter tiles for each word, scramble them up and have child put letters in correct order to spell words.
  7. Look say cover write check. – Child looks at the correct spelling, says it out loud, covers it, has a go, and checks it!

Do you think your child is struggling with their spelling? Do they have gaps in their KS1 phonics knowledge? 
If so, you may find it useful to follow this link to our phonics page. 

As always, please ask your child's teacher if you require any support with spelling at home.