We believe that correct spellings have their root in a secure understanding of phonics right up into Year 6. Many difficult spellings are difficult purely because they use unfamiliar combinations of letters (graphemes) to make the sounds (phonemes) in the words. As such, we teach spellings as an extension to phonics in KS2. We also introduce etymology - where words come from - and morphology - how words are structured - to enrich and bring meaning to the teaching and learning of spellings.
In Years 3-6, we send home 8 weekly spellings for children to learn. 2 of these will be 'recap' spellings of words they've previously learned. 2 will be from their word lists - these can be found in the National Curriculum Spelling appendix below. 4 will be words that all share the same spelling rule. In addition, they will get two 'mystery' spellings that follow this rule but that will be unknown until their spelling challenge on Friday mornings. These spellings will also be available on your child's class page. Year 1 and 2 will also receive weekly spelling tests based on their spelling curriculum and phonics teaching.
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