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The teaching of spelling at Leyburn 


In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, spelling is taught alongside the phonic session, learning about the rules of language and making connections between the sounds (phonemes) and the different written representations of that sound (graphemes).


In Key Stage 2, we use ‘Read, Write Inc.’ to teach spelling. This is a scheme with proven results that allows spelling to be taught regularly (at least 3 times a week) in short slots of 15 minutes. Rather than learning a list of stand-alone words, the emphasis is placed on the morphology of words – learning the rules of our language. The children learn to apply these rules to groups of words and understand the way English is constructed. Prefixes, suffixes, word classes and more are all taught and the words being learnt will be recorded in individual log books which will come home for you to see what your child is learning about that week. Little and often is the best way to learn spellings and this is the approach that ‘Read, Write Inc.’ takes. It is important that your child has their spelling logbook with them at school each day.

The lessons are interactive, including online videos and activities along with peer- teaching and teacher-led sessions. The focus is on teaching children spelling and not testing. There are opportunities throughout each unit for the pupils to apply their learning and see what they have remembered along with consolidating tricky words and writing dictation sentences. It is fully in line with the raised expectations of the school curriculum.

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