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Spelling Strategy - Spring 2020


With the introduction of an expected standard for Spellings in the National Curriculum we have moved to a consistent approach to teaching Spellings. Spellings are taught systematically through dedicated lessons during the week.


We begin by ensuring children are exposed to a high quality phonics programme which follows the Letters and Sounds scheme. In year 2 there is a transition from phonics phase 5 to a formal spelling lesson. At the appropriate time for the cohort and individual children we begin systematic teaching of Spellings alongside phonics sessions. At Howe Dell we follow the National Curriculum Spelling Appendix 1, alongside Hertfordshire for Learning spelling guidance documents which support staff in their understanding of, and planning for, clear progression in spelling skills.

In addition, class teachers also track and monitor progress in spelling common exception words and statutory word lists.


Key words for topic lessons and specific English units are shared via word banks and other means and an expectation is that children will use these words correctly. At the teachers discretion these spelling/word banks will be shared with parents as appropriate.


Spellings are also taught and discussed as they arise in specific lessons or when identified as a class need. When marking work no more than 3 spellings will be highlighted and these are marked according to the teachers’ assessment of the child’s capability