At South Parade we teach every child the importance of good spelling. We want every child to be a good speller and to take a keen interest in the spelling and meaning of words.
For our younger children, the teaching of spelling is linked to the teaching of phonics e.g. as they learn to 'sound out' words, for the purpose of reading, they learn to apply the same skills when spelling words. Children will typically begin by learning to spell simple VC (vowel / consonant) words e.g. at / it / in / on. They will then progress to CVC (consonant / vowel / consonant) words e.g. cat / hit / not / sad. As they learn each of the vowel digraphs (where a pair of letters represents one sound e.g. the sound 'a' is represented by 'ai' in 'rain', children will learn to apply these when spelling words e.g. hay / night / out. From here, children will progress to spelling phonetically regular words of more than one syllable. Alongside phonics, Year 1 and 2 pupils are taught to read and spell common exception words.
As children move into Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6), they are taught to spell increasingly complex words; many of which do not conform to regular rules or patterns. The national curriculum sets out the type of words children should typically be able to spell by the end of Year 4 and Year 6. These lists are included alongside other resources below.
Being a good speller requires regular practice and attention to detail. Parents can support the work of the school by practising the spellings your child brings home each week. We have produced a number of resources to support parents and children with spelling - these are available to download below. If you would like any additional information or support, please speak with your child's class teacher.