Being able to spell is an incredibly important skill in primary school and all children at school in England will sit a spelling test at the end of Year 6. Children who can spell well are often more confident writers. They are more likely to write their ideas quickly and fluently as they don't need to worry about whether or not their spelling is correct. They are also likely to be more adventurous with the words they use to express themselves.
Weekly Spelling Test
We set children a list of words to learn at home each week from Year 1 onward. Spelling tests will take place on Wednesdays and new spellings will be sent home. See the links below for your child's weekly class spelling list.
New Spellings issued Wednesday 12th February 2020
Common Exception Words
Sometimes called "tricky words", they don't quite follow the normal spelling and phonics rules. Children should be able to read on sight, spell and use in their writing these words by the end of their age related year.
How to help with spelling at home
Memorising lists of words comes more easily to some children than to others. Here, we run through how children learn to spell and share our tips for making spelling homework fun.
- Practising phonics (Years 1 and 2) Phonics is the main way that children are taught to spell at the start of primary school. Encouraging children to break the word they want to spell into its individual sounds and then try to match those sounds to the letters of the alphabet is really important.
- Helping with spelling homework
- Build the words with magnetic letters, alphabet blocks, or scrabble pieces
- Create your own crossword puzzle/word searches (there are online tools to help you do this https://www.puzzle-maker.com/CW)
- Write the words in rainbow colours
- Make flash cards
- Play "Hangman"
- Write a story using each spelling word.