We believe that good reading and spelling is an essential skills that allows children to communicate their understanding in all curriculum subjects. In order for pupils to develop into effective and confident spellers, they need to develop and use a range of spelling strategies. For this to be achieved, spelling is taught actively and explicitly with the understanding that the greatest impact on spelling is achieved when children are encouraged to use new spellings, and their associated rules in their writing. Regular analysis of pupils’ spelling ensure that support is provided, tailored to the specific needs of the child or year group.
In EYFS and KS1, 1 hourly phonics lessons should be taught daily using the Read Write Inc. phonics programme. In KS2, children should experience 3 spelling lessons per week, lasting between 15-20 minutes, with spellings sent home weekly to reinforce the learning at home. No matter whether a phonics or a spelling lesson is being taught or whether pupils from Reception or Year 6 are being taught it, practice follows the same teaching sequence:
In KS2, this progression may take a number of sessions, whereas in EYFS and KS1, the four stages will be seen in each lesson.
The school staff will measure the impact on the children through regular summative assessment (through the use of Read Write Inc assessments, termly NFER assessments, spelling tests and application in written work). This will allow the staff to identify where your child is currently working and identify their next steps.
Reading and Phonics:
In EYFS and KS1, the children will read books from the Read Write Inc. scheme in their lessons. These books correlate with the National Book Bands.
|Read Write Inc. Book Level||National Book Band|
|Dittie Pages 1-12||Pink|
|Dittie Pages 13 - 42||Red|
|Stories Set 1 - Green||Yellow|
|Stories Set 2 - Purple||Blue|
|Stories Set 3 - Pink||Green|
|Stories Set 4 - Orange||Orange|
|Stories Set 5 - Yellow||Turquoise|
|Stories Set 6 - Blue||Purple|
|Stories Set 7 - Grey||Gold|
|Stories Set 7 - Grey||White|
By the end of EYFS, the children are expected to have at least moved onto Story Set 1; by the end of Year 1, the children are expected to have moved onto Story Set 3 and by the end of Year 2, the children should have completed the Story Set books and moved onto comprehension questions in preparation for Key Stage 2.