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at St Wilfrid's CE Primary School

How do we teach spellings at St. Wilfrid’s?

FFT Programme: In EYFS and KS1, children have daily phonics lessons in ability groups. We use the FFT Success For All Programme which allows children to learn the phonics/spelling rules from the curriculum. Children practise reading and writing words accurately and this is applied into dictated sentences. This scheme progresses to year 2 where the children follow a carefully sequenced scheme of work to enable them to master the spellings of KS1 and all of the spelling rules for their year group. Through this scheme, the children also encounter and learn to spell words from the statutory spelling lists. Below is the year 2 overview for the FFT Spelling Scheme. You will find the phonics/spelling schemes for Reception and Year 1 attached below. 

Spelling Shed: Year 3-Year 6 use the Spelling Shed Scheme to teach, practise and apply spelling rules from the curriculum. The Spelling Shed curriculum was recently updated for September 2022. All resources to deliver this scheme of work can be found in the Shared Area of our network, as well as on the Spelling Shed platform. On the website, for each spelling rule, you will find the resources, including PPT, lesson plan and spelling practice worksheets and activities for the lesson objective.

Staff must teach a dedicated spelling lesson each week using the above guidance though spellings are revisited throughout the week in small sessions and in writing lessons. Children are given multiple opportunities throughout the week to practise their spellings in school e.g. during SODA (start of the day activity) time, in spelling lessons taught several times a week, through class spelling bees, games, dictated sentences and through writing sessions. Children have their own personal login details for Spelling Shed which they can access their weekly spellings on in school and at home to practise further using the interactive, online games. The lists also include words from the statutory lists and common exception words. 

Spellings can be set from any year group to meet the needs of children with additional needs or for targeted group work and interventions. 

Layout for a spelling lesson:

  1.  Recap learning from previous week/appropriate previous objectives.
  2. Introduce new spelling rule.
  3. Apply rule into words together as a class. Model these words to children, ensuring they know the meanings. Discuss any exceptions to the rule.
  4. Children to apply their learning into their own work taken from Spelling Shed portal.
  5. Encourage children to practise their spellings and link in with writing lessons.
  6. Assess children on weekly spellings. Address any misconceptions each week.
  7. Assess half termly through dictated sentences and address any misconceptions.

Spellings are always recapped, modelled and practised during writing lessons. Each half term, teachers should assess what the children have retained by dictating a sentence with a selection of the different spellings.

Children in KS1 also have Spelling Shed logins where they can access the statutory spelling lists at home for additional practice. 

An overview of the Spelling Shed curriculum can be seen below.

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