In Early Years and Key Stage 1, much of the focus is on phonics and this will continue. As children move through the school they will begin to focus more on spelling rules and patterns in lessons linked to the national curriculum.
As part of the new National Curriculum children are expected to learn compulsory lists of spellings – usually ones which are used a lot or may be tricky to spell. It is expected that all children will be able to spell these words by the time they leave school in Year 6. We are teaching the Y3/4/5/6 lists through our regular spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons.
In addition there are two sets of high frequency words and common exception words which are taught in KS1. By the beginning of Year 3 all children should be able to spell the words on these lists. These word lists can be found on the website.
The children will continue to have weekly spelling tests and these will contain both high frequency words and words which have specific spelling rules. The children do need assistance with learning their words.
We hope this will give you a clear understanding of what we expect in terms of achievement in spelling throughout school but if you have any questions please speak to your class teacher or Mrs Arling.