Spelling and word knowledge are key components in the process of learning to read and write. Learning to spell well is extremely useful if we want our children to become confident writers. If they are constantly stopping to think about how words are spelt while they write, it can interrupt the flow of their thoughts, taking them away from what we want them to be thinking about: their choice of words and how they construct those words into sentences that communicate exactly what they want to say.
In the Foundation Stage and Year 1, children are taught to use their phonics knowledge to help them spell by segmenting a word and choosing the grapheme for each sound. For example, tree can be segmented into t-r-ee. They also learn 'tricky red words' such as 'she' by sight and common exception words for years 1 and 2.
From Year 2 to Year 3, children begin to follow a spelling programme, as well as learning the common exception spellings and word lists appropriate for their year group.
At Ryhall, we use No Nonsense spelling resources to support with this. Throughout all written work, children are taught to proof read for errors, use dictionaries to support their spelling, develop mnemonics for aiding memory and learn about how to use etymology and morphology to help with spelling. We also use home spelling lists, word banks, spelling mats and other resources to support the correct application of spelling. Additional teaching is facilitated where required for individuals or small groups.
We would be grateful if you could support your child at home by discussing the meaning and uses of the words in the list, learning to read them and spell them.
Please see the information on No Nonsense Spelling as well as the common exception words for KS1 and spelling lists for KS2.