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Spelling is taught as part of a planned programme following the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 .

Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have a daily session of phonics. In Year 2- Key Stage 2 children have regular explicit spelling sessions with weekly spellings being closely linked to spelling patterns and rules. 

  • All classes have a set of spelling activities to support regular opportunities for children to practise learning spellings.
  • Spellings are linked to the National Curriulcum word lists for each year group.
  • Children are taught to look for common letter strings, patterns in words and spelling rules.
  • Spelling games encourage children to look closely at words.
  • Where possible, children are encouraged to identify their own spelling errors and edit accordingly.
  • Sound out words phonemically and by syllables.
  • Draw on analogies to known words, roots, derivations, word families, morphology and familiar spelling patterns.
  • Identify words which pose a particular challenge and learn them by using mnemonics, multi-sensory re-enforcement and memorising critical features.
  • Using a dictionary and find words beyond the initial letter.
  • Make effective use of a spell checker, recognising where it might not be sufficient or appropriate.

Below are the word lists for each year group taken from the National Curriculum.

Common Exception Words Year 1

Common Exception Words Year 2

Word List Year 3 & 4

Word List Year 5 & 6