Spelling

There are two statutory spelling lists for the English curriculum: year 3 & 4 and 5 & 6. By the end of KS2, if children use these words in their writing, they are expected to spell them correctly. The lists can be printed off and also practiced on Spelling Shed. 

Spelling rules

Spelling Shed

We have been using The Spelling Shed for the last year. It is a spelling scheme that can be used on online on a computer or as an App on a phone or iPad and we can also use it in school on our chrome books. The scheme is used to support our teaching of spelling across the school and to help children consolidate spellings by playing games at home and setting lists to practice for homework. We therefore require your child to have access at home via the computer or a mobile device. There is also an App that can be purchased and played independently. It is dyslexic friendly, uses an ‘Open Dyslexic’ font, and has three levels of difficulty to support pupils of all abilities through the spelling lists with appropriate degrees of challenge. For instructions see the attached document.

Spelling shed

Wordshark

Wordshark provides a fun and effective games-based solution for students learning to spell and read. We have been using Wordshark successfully for many years with children who find spelling a particular challenge and have found that the program is especially useful for those with dyslexia and other special educational needs. It has a diagnostic tool that assess which spelling rules and patterns the children need to practise the most and then teaches and reinforces them using fun games and activities. Wordshark gives our students the essential reinforcement and continuous practice they need to master a wide range of spelling patterns and rules.  Children who have been identified by their class teacher as requiring this individual and specialised support will be given a log in that they can use to access Wordshark both at school and at home.  Their class teacher is able to access the program to monitor usage and progress of the children using it, to ensure it is the best intervention for them to help them to progress.

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