26th November 2015
Dear parents and carers
As you will be aware, the Government has raised expectations across the curriculum. This particularly affects standards within English; there now has to be an even greater emphasis on getting those basic skills right – reading, handwriting, punctuation and spelling – and this will impact all children through to (and including) GCSEs. It is vital that children get into good spelling habits right from the start.
To help children with this we will be using the Look-Cover-Write-Check method of teaching spellings in school. This involves the children looking at and reading the whole word, then covering it up and writing it from memory. They then check if they have spelt the word correctly and write it again, practising it if it is correct and correcting it if it is wrong.
The children will bring home additional sheets to practice at home and you are welcome to come in and collect more sheets if you would like them. It is important that the words are practised more than once during the week. Please encourage your child to write the whole word in joined writing – research has shown that this is the most successful way to learn spellings. The spelling lists for each week will also be available on the website and via our Twitter feed.
There is a list of tricky words which has been drawn up through the Letters and Sounds teaching programme which children should know. These words are also taught and practised regularly in school.
Phase 2 words (Reception)
to go the no I into
Phase 3 (Reception/Year 1)
he she we me be was you they all are my her
Phase 4 (Reception/Year 1)
said have like so do some come were there little one when out what
Phase 5 (Year 1)
oh their people Mr Mrs looked called asked could
C M Somerville
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