Spelling, Handwriting and Presentation
We teach cursive writing from Reception
We teach children to join their letters from Year 2 – some children achieve this during Year 1
Handwriting and presentation are a high priority – we want to inspire care and pride
If we want to improve the accuracy of children’s spellings and increase the range of words that they can spell and understand, we need to deepen and broaden their vocabulary. We strive to build and increase the vocabulary that children know and understand.
When children are initially learning spelling through phonics, we emphasise the sound-spelling connection:
Once children are secure with phonics, we should move on to saying spelling as it relates to the spelling-meaning connection:
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We learn units of meaning -prefixes, suffixes and root/base words- with each unit carrying meaning.
We teach spelling enquiries, word sums and word maps.
Spelling begins in Year 1. We teach the National Curriculum.
- The 3 main rules are recapped every year
- The rules and patterns from the previous year are recapped
- The patterns, strings and rules for the national curriculum year are learned and practised
We teach 9 spelling strategies
- Spelling rules and patterns
- Letter Strings
- Looking for patterns and meanings
- Over Articulation
- Words within words
- Kinaesthetic Motor Memory
Common Exception Words
We assess children’s accuracy of common misconception words each term