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Spelling Guide for Parents

 Helping your child to spell

A guide for parents

Good spelling is a fundamental part of a child's literacy development.

Spelling Tests
Children learn spellings each week. Accept that there will be mistakes in tests, and just look for consistency and improvement. After all, two out of 10 is twice as good as one out of 10!

Identifying their own mis-spelt words
We encourage our student to identify mis-spelt words in their own writing, keep individual lists (e.g. spelling logs) and learn to spell them. The children are tested on their mis-spelt words each week.

How to learn weekly spellings
We suggest Children learn their spellings using the
'Look, Cover, Write, Check' Method. This encourages your child to 'see' and 'hear' the word, and to see for themselves if they spell it right.

  • Look at a spelling word.
  • Cover the spelling word.
  • Visualise the covered word in the mind.
  • Write the word from memory.
  • Check what has been written with the uncovered word.

During their Literacy lessons, children are given the opportunity to look for patterns in the spelling of words and to invent rules and saying to help them improve their work.

Other ways to learn spellings

  • Find words within the word (there's a 'hen' in 'when'!)
  • Break the word up into smaller parts (Wed + nes + day = Wednesday)
  • Break the word up into sounds (th-a-nk)
  • Make up a silly sentence using the letters (big elephants cause accidents under small elephants spells 'because')
  • Say the word as it is written (like 'knight')
  • Find a word that rhymes with it: is the spelling the same?

 

Spelling rules
Help your child to learn spelling rules. There will always be exceptions, but they work most of the time:

 

  • Most question words start 'wh'
  • i before e except after c
  • Add 's' for plurals except those that end in 's', 'x', 'z', 'ch' and 'sh', when you add 'es'
  • Nouns ending in 'y' change to 'ies'
  • Use 'ce' for nouns and 'se' for verbs (you advise with advice)
  • When adding 'ing' or 'ed', double the last consonant after a short vowel sound (so drop becomes dropping or dropped)
  • Don't drop the final 'e' when you add 'ly' ('comely'), but do drop it to add 'ing' ('coming')
  • You hear with your ear.
  • The word separate has "a rat" in it (separat
  • Donkeys, monkeys - There are keys in donkeys and monkeys.
  • The word here is also in its opposite there.
  • Villain - A villain is one who lives in a villa.
  • There is no word in English ending in -full except full.

 Spelling Tips

  • You hear with your ear.
  • The word separate has "a rat" in it (separate)
  • Donkeys, monkeys - There are keys in donkeys and monkeys.
  • The word here is also in its opposite there.
  • Villain - A villain is one who lives in a villa.
  • There is no word in English ending in -full except full.

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