Learning to spell accurately is a fundamental skill for developing confident and competent writers. Spelling is taught in the following ways.
Reception and Key Stage 1
- Teaching of phonics and sounds in Reception and Key Stage 1. For more information, please see our Phonics Page.
Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
- Learning common spelling patterns
- Learning common prefixes and suffixes to words
- Learning how to spell high frequency words
High frequency words are taught and practiced in school and children are given lists of high frequency words to learn. High frequency words are given as home work for children to practise. The practicing of high frequency words has the most impact when this is done regularly and for short periods of time so it is important that parents support their children’s learning by practicing these words with their children. It is important that children only learn a few of the spellings at a time to ensure that it is manageable. At Year 6 children are given 10 – 15 words per week depending on ability.
Below, is a list of the high frequency words that children are expected to be able to spell by the end of each phase.