At Lingey House we teach all children the importance of good spelling. We want each child to be a good speller and to take a keen interest in the spelling and meaning of words. Being a good speller boosts a child's confidence in writing so it is important that we teach spelling regularly and model good use of spelling every time we write.
All children will be given weekly spellings every Monday which they can practise at home for a spelling test on Friday. Spellings are linked to the phonics or spelling patterns taught that week. Children in Year 1 receive weekly spellings which are linked to phonics, while children in Year 2 to Year 6 receive weekly spellings that are linked to spelling patterns. Every year group will have statutory spellings that are assessed at the end of each half term also.
For 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.
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 and enhancing your children’s learning through games. Below, you will find links to spelling games which you can encourage your child to complete as well as some resources that are available to download. If you would like any additional information or support, please speak with your child's class teacher.