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Teaching Spelling at Springcroft
Year 2 to Year 6
At Springcroft we use the ‘No Nonsense Spelling Programme’ to teach our children spellings. The focus of the ‘No Nonsense Spelling Programme’ is on the teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions – patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings.
How ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ is organised
The programme consists of the following elements:
-The requirements of the National Curriculum, which have been organised into strands and then broken down into termly overviews.
-Termly overviews that have been mapped across weeks as half termly plans. These follow a model of five spelling sessions across two weeks, except in Year 2 where sessions are daily.
-Daily lesson plans for each session, with Supporting Resources, including word lists and guidance on conventions.
How ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ is delivered and assessed.
By integrating activities for practising spellings in handwriting lessons, the benefit of making a spelling activity kinaesthetic is secured. The pupil acquires the physical memory of the spelling pattern as well as the visual.
Pupils’ learning is assessed throughout the programme. Activities used to assess the children include:
• Testing – by teacher and peers
• Independent application in writing
• Frequent learning and testing of statutory and personal words.
Learning needs to happen in school and at home. There is little evidence, though, that the traditional practice of learning spellings (usually 10) at home and being tested on them (usually on a Friday) is effective. However, there is a high expectation within the new National Curriculum that pupils will learn many increasingly complex words.
Within the programme, learning spellings is built into each six-week block. Within the sessions a range of strategies for learning spellings are introduced and practiced in school. This enables pupils to choose the strategies they find most effective for learning different words and then they can use these to practise their spellings at home.
Children will then be tested on the spellings they have been learning to spell at school on Mondays.
White Rose Maths delivers resources, CPD, tools, advice and guidance to our staff to enable us to make a BIG difference for every pupil. Day after day, we are shaping happy, confident and resilient learners who discover that maths brings an exciting journey of discovery, understanding – and a lifetime of opportunities.
We have access to their wide range of supporting resources, including detailed guidance, high-quality worksheets, teaching slides, video lessons and more. To help monitor understanding and progress of all learners throughout the year, White Rose Maths also provide end of block and end of term assessments.
White Rose Maths brings together a team of highly experienced and passionate maths teaching experts to train, guide, help and support all schools, children and the community they serve.
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