English

 

 

Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1

From the moment your child begins school we ensure that they are given every opportunity to learn, explore and play with letter sounds. This is primarily delivered through the phonics programme, Letters and Sounds, but phonic skills are explored through all areas of the curriculum so that the children understand it’s ‘real life’ application and have the opportunity to develop their skills both independently and as a collective.

Alongside this phonetical development the children will be given key High Frequency Words (words that are often not phonetically spelt and that occur regularly in the English language). These will be sent home for the children to learn initially to read and then to spell.

By the time they reach Year 2 they should be ready to move onto the next stage of our phonic and spelling scheme, Letters and Sounds. This looks at some of the more complex sounds and begins our journey into spelling rules.

Key Stage 2

By the time the children reach Year 3 their knowledge of letter sounds should be secure. In which case they will begin their journey on the final stage of our phonic and spelling programme, Spelling Pathways. This stage will take them through the many spelling rules of the English language and will continue until the end of Year 6.

Alongside this programme the children will be set spellings to take home and learn. Some of these are set by the curriculum but others will be topic based or spellings taken from their own class work.

Remember though that we are always here to help and that we hold regular parents meeting to help guide you through not only our literacy scheme but other areas of the curriculum too.

Below is a link to our glossary of grammar terms.  These are all the terms your children will be using throughout the different year groups.

grammar-glossary

The following is a useful guide for parents to support your child’s reading.

Inference and Deduction – KS2

Spelling

Foundation stage (4+)

4+ will now be sent home with phonics books which Mrs King has already given to parents.  Within those books there are phonics sounds which the children can work on at home and practice.

 

Year 1

Year one are also going to be given phonics sounds to work on by Miss Noble.  At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 2 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 1 and 2 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 2

Year 2 will also be giving out phonics sounds depending on different children’s needs. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 2 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 2 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 3

Year 3 will be studying spelling patterns in school.  Those patterns are listed below for the term ahead.  There is no expectation that the children work on these at home but optional tasks have been listed below so that you can do work with your children if you wish. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 4 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 3 and 4 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 4

Year 4 will be studying spelling patterns in school.  Those patterns are listed below for the term ahead.  There is no expectation that the children work on these at home but optional tasks have been listed below so that you can do work with your children if you wish. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 4 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 4 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 5

Year 5 will be studying spelling patterns in school.  Those patterns are listed below for the term ahead.  There is no expectation that the children work on these at home but optional tasks have been listed below so that you can do work with your children if you wish. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 6 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 5 and 6 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 6

Year 6 will be studying spelling patterns in school.  Those patterns are listed below for the term ahead.  There is no expectation that the children work on these at home but optional tasks have been listed below so that you can do work with your children if you wish. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 6 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 6 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Word patterns

Below I have copied the word patterns and rules that your child will be learning if they are in year 3, 4, 5 and 6.  These will be taught in school.

 

  Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Spring 1 Ly suffix

 

Sadly, completely, usually, happily, finally, gently

 

Homophones

Accept and except

Ball and bawl

Berry and bury

 

Sure and ture word endings (measure, creature etc)

Words ending with ous

 

Tremendous, vigorous, humorous, jealous, curious, spontaneous

 

Homophones

Plain and plane

Seen and scene

Words ending with: ant, ance, ancy, ent, ence, ency

 

Observance, tolerance, hesitancy, frequent,  innocence, decency

Homophones:

Precede and proceed

Principle and principal

Profit and prophet

Stationary and stationery

Words with silent letters:

 

Doubt, lamb, island, government, kneel, honest

 

 

Please remember you do not need to worry about these spelling rules at home unless you wish to do extra work with your child.

 

On the next page these optional activities will be shared.  They are merely suggested activities should you wish to use them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optional work

Below is a list of activities that are optional.  You can do them at home if you wish to do more work with your child.

Make a mind map about a word listing all the things a child can think of about the word. Create a list of 5 sentences that include the word you have chosen to focus on. Challenge your child to spot as many words that contain a certain rule in their reading book. Compile and create a dictionary of words for each spelling rule.
Create and act a short sketch or play that involves as many of the words from a certain rule as possible. Make a poster of words all about a different spelling rule. Find a selection of words for a spelling rule and cut them out.  Can you divide the words into different groups and explain why. Write a short story that must contain each word from a rule twice.  This could be all in words or as a storyboard with pictures.
Write the words in chalk outside. Ask your child to teach you about a rule. Cut words or letters out from magazines to make a collage of a set of words. Spelling hide and seek.  Get the children to find hidden words around the house and then copy them onto their list.
Create a wordsearch or crossword (lots of websites have links to do this).  Or ask the child to create one. Play hangman with different words but ask the children to really concentrate on the next letter each time. Dictate some sentences to your child and ask them to really focus on the words that they need to know. Create a game that involves the spellings.  It could be a board game, a verbal game or even a game with cards.
Write a list of words spelt incorrectly and ask children to spot and correct the spellings. Cut out individual letters of the alphabet and dictate a word and ask children to form it using the letters. Get children to make a photograph album of words on an IPAD or tablet.  The children should form these words using household items (e.g. straws). Ask your child to come up with a song or rhyme for the spelling of a word. To make this simpler they could clap the syllables of a word.