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