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Spelling

Most people read words more accurately than they spell them. The younger pupils are, the truer this is. 
By the end of year 1, pupils should be able to read a large number of different words containing the grapheme - phoneme correspondences that they have learnt, whether or not they have seen these words before. 
Spelling, however, is a very different matter. Once pupils have learnt more than one way of spelling particular sounds, choosing the right letter or letters depends on their either having made a conscious effort to learn the words or having absorbed them less consciously through their reading. 

At St Mary's, we teach spelling using a range of strategies. 
In Reception and Year One, the focus is on phonics and the children use their phonic knowledge to spell words. High frequency words and words that do not fit phonic rules are introduced and practised.
When children have reached a secure stage of phonics (usually at some point in Y2), they move on to our structured spelling programme - Read Write Inc spelling. This is a 15 minute a day programme in which the children complete short, rigorous activities in a work book. They record individual progress in their own spelling log book. This programme covers all the word structures and spelling requirements for years 2 to 6.

The children are given opportunities to practise spellings through their writing, handwriting, guided reading, dictation and home learning. Research shows that children who read widely are more able to spell accurately. 

The support of parents is vital for children to make progress with their spelling. Please talk to your children about the spellings they have been learning. Take time to go through the words in their spelling log book. Talk about what the words mean and put them into sentences. 5 minutes a few times a week makes a big difference. 

The word-lists for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are statutory. The lists are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. Some of the listed words may be thought of as quite challenging
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