Hillside Community Primary School

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Statement of intent
Hillside community Primary School believes that all pupils should be given the opportunity to progress and develop to their full potential. The school understands that being able to spell age and ability-appropriate words correctly plays an essential part in meeting this goal. Spelling enables pupils to express themselves clearly, accurately and effectively, whether at home, school, or in the workplace. Whilst there is a range of different ways that spelling is learned and acquired, any approach to the teaching and learning of spelling has to have a high degree of personalisation. The teaching of spelling at Hillside Community Primary School is therefore both a progressive learning programme and a response to individual needs.

At Hillside we know that learning to spell well is really useful if we want our children to become confident writers. If they are confident spellers, they’re also much more likely to make adventurous vocabulary choices. Obviously there’s a lot more to being a strong writer than spelling, but confidence in spelling can make a big difference. We support our youngest children by teaching Red Rose Letters and Sounds systematic phonics, ensuring that the children know the sounds different letters make. From Year 3, we use  No Nonsense Spelling scheme to enhance and support our children in spelling. We support children to learn a range of spelling patterns and strategies to support their learning.

National Curriculum Requirements

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Scheme Overview

Statutory Spelling List

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Tips for learning spellings at home

Learning at home needs to be an extension of the practice in school. Consider

  • limiting the number of words to five or less a week to ensure success and enable deeper learning.
  • making sure pupils and parents have access to the range of learning strategies which have been taught in school, to use in home learning
  • assessing spellings in context, for example: learning spellings in a given sentence, generating sentences for each word, assessing through unseen dictated sentences
  • keeping an ongoing record of words learnt and setting very high expectations of correct application in writing once a word has been learned.

The learning strategies on the next two pages are introduced incrementally throughout the programme and can then be used to support learning spellings at home.