EYFS and KS1 pupils are taught daily through Read, Write Inc. Pupils are taught in ability groups from Reception to Year 2 thus enabling them to be taught according to their stage, not age. Teaching is very precise and tailored to the needs of each child irrespective of year group. Pupils are assessed ½ termly, progressing rapidly through the programme.
Once pupils complete Read, Write Inc. they move to whole class teaching of spellings. From Year 2, Spelling Shed is used to support the teaching of the National Curriculum spelling rules (Appendix 1). Spellings are set for homework on a Friday and tested the following Friday. To support children in learning these spelling rules, online Spelling Shed activities are set by teachers weekly.
High frequency words, topic specific vocabulary or words being regularly misspelt will be written below the work to be correctly spelt by pupils three times (these reflect the ability of the pupil).
Weekly spelling tests are completed.
A termly spelling test is undertaken as part of the GAPS standardised assessment papers.