How We Approach Spelling.
Good spelling is a fundamental part of a child's literacy development.
Children learn spellings for a spelling test each week. We accept that there will be mistakes in tests, and just look for consistency and improvement. After all, two out of 10 is twice as good as one out of 10!
Identifying their own mis-spelt words
We encourage our children to identify mis-spelt words in their own writing and make the necessary correction using a dictionary.
How to learn weekly spellings
We suggest children learn their spellings using the 'Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check' method. This encourages your child to 'see' and 'hear' the word, and to see if it’s spelt correctly.
Help your child to learn spelling rules. There will always be exceptions, but they work most of the time:
- Most question words start 'wh'
- i before e except after c
- Add 's' for plurals except those that end in 's', 'x', 'z', 'ch' and 'sh', when you add 'es'
- Nouns ending in 'y' change to 'ies'
- Use 'ce' for nouns and 'se' for verbs (you advise with advice)
- When adding 'ing' or 'ed', double the last consonant after a short vowel sound (so drop becomes dropping or dropped)
- Don't drop the final 'e' when you add 'ly' ('safely'), but do drop it to add 'ing' ('coming')
- You hear with your ear.
- You wear an ear-ing.
- Where is a place eg. Where are you? We are here?
- The word separate has "a rat" in it (separate).
- Donkeys, monkeys - There are keys in donkeys and monkeys.
- The word here is also in its opposite there.
- Villain - A villain is one who lives in a villa.
- There is no word in English ending in -full except full.
- ‘ie’ words – soldier (soldiers shouldn’t die in battle) friend (friends until the end) believe (if you believe something it’s not a lie)